Current Ph.D. Students, Post-Doc


1.      CVDI PhD Student: Wanying Ding (Social Media Data Mining and Visualization, co-supervised with Dr. Chaomei Chen)

2.      CVDI PhD Student: Mengwen Liu (Information Retrieval, co-supervised with Dr. Yuan An)

3.      CVDI PhD Student: Yue Shang (Data Mining)

4.      Yizhou Zang (Recommendation System, co-supervised with Dr. Weimao Ke)

5.      Bo Song (Big Data Analysis, co-supervised with Dr. Weimao Ke)

6.      Zheng Chen (Data Mining)

7.      Alex Felmeister (Translational Biomedical Informatics)

8.      Yue Zhang (Text Mining, Big Data)



Graduated Ph.D. Students (2006-Present)

1.      Illhoi Yoo (graduated in 2006, tenured associate professor a Univ. of Missouri-Columbia)

Dissertation Title: Semantic Text Mining and its Application in Biomedical Domain

2.      Davis Zhou (graduated in 2008, Financial Analyst at J.P.Morgan)

Dissertation Title: Semantic-based Language Models for Information Retrieval and Text Mining

3.      Xiaodan Zhang (graduate in 2009, Research Scientist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals)

Dissertation Title: Exploiting External/Domain Knowledge to Enhance Traditional Text Data Mining using Graph-Based Methods

4.      Palakorn Achananuparp (graduated in 2010, research scientist at the SMU-CMU Living Analytics Research Centre)

Dissertation Title: Similarity Measures and Diversity Rankings for Query-Focused Sentence Extraction

5.      Daniel Wu (graduated in 2010, Software Engineer at Affiliated Distributors Inc)

Dissertation Title: The Structure and Function of Biological Networks

6.     Xugeng (George) Xu, (graduated in 2011, Business manager at Verizon)

Dissertation Title: Cluster-based Query Expansion Using Language Modeling for Biomedical Literature Retrieval

7.      Deima Elnatour (graduated in 2011, Program Manager at

Dissertation Title: Recreating Popular User-Generated Tags Effectively and Efficiently by Utilizing Crowdsourcing

8.      Caimei Lu (graduated in 2011, Data Mining Scientist at MARITZ)

Dissertation Title: Exploiting Social Tagging Network for Web Mining and Search

9.      Kaushal Desal (graduated in May 2012, Information Scientist at AstraZenica R&D)

Dissertation Title: Systems Toxicology: mining chemical-toxicity paths to enable network medicine

10.  Xin Chen (graduated in Dec 2012, Senior Engineer at Adelphic Mobile Inc, )

Dissertation Title: Generative Topic Models for Image Data Mining and Bioinformatics Study

11.  Lifan Guo (graduated in Oct 2013, Research Scientist, TCL Research America)

Disertation Title: Semantically Enhanced Topic Modeling and its Applications in Social Media

12.  Zhong Huang (graduated in Feb., 2014, Information Scientist at Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.)

Dissertation Title: Biomedical Information Extraction: Mining Disease Associated Genes from Literature

13.  Jia Huang (graduated in May 2014, Research Scientist at Samsung)

Dissertation Title: Recommendation with Contextual Information

14.  Anton Slutsky (graduated in May 2015, Lead Data Scientist, EPAM Systems)

Dissertation Title: Towards Effective Knowledge Discovery in Social Media Stream

15.  Zunyan Xiong (graduated in May 2015)

Dissertation Title: Towards Effective Data Clustering based on Non-Negative Matrix Factorization Model

16.  Haozhen Zhao (graduated in September 2015, Managing Consultant, Navigant Consulting, Inc)

Dissertation Title: The Role of Document Structure and Citation Analysis in Literature Information Retrieval

17.  Luis Ahumada (graduated in May 2016, Principal Information Scientist, CHOP)

Dissertation Title: Hybrid Recommender Framework for the Design of Intelligent Clinical Decision Support Tools

18.   Xiaoli Song (graduated in Dec 2016, Data Science Consultant at Apple Inc)

Dissertation Title: Word Pair based Topic Model for Text Understanding

19.  Yuna Ling (graduated in Feb, 2017, Information Scientist, Philip Research North America)

Dissertation Title: Methods and Techniques for Clinical Text Modeling and Analytics



Visiting Scholars

1.      Prof. Dongbo Zhou (Visiting Professor, Sept 2016-Sept 2017)

2.      Prof. Jianliang Gao, (Visiting Professor, March 2015-March 2017)

3.      Prof. Xiwei Tang (Visiting Professor, Oct 2015-Oct 216)

4.      Dr. Yong Zhang (Visiting Professor, Oct 2014-Sept. 2015)

5.      Mr. Yetian Fan (Ph.D. Student from Dalian University of Science and Technology, Nov 2014-Sept. 2016)

6.      Ms. Wen Lou (Ph.D. Student from Wuhan University, Dec 2014-Dec 2015)

7.      Prof. Zhihao Yang (Visiting Professor, Dec 2013-Nov 2014)

8.      Prof. Yuanyuan Sun (Visiting Professor, Dec 2013-Nov 2014)

9.      Xuelian Pan (Ph.D. student from Nanjing University, Oct. 2013-Oct. 2015)

10.   WeiWei Xu (Ph.D. student from Wuhan University, Sept. 2012-Nov. 2014)

11.   Prof. Xianjun Shen (Visiting Professor, Jan 2013-Dec 2013)

12.   Prof. Guo-Zheng Li (Visiting Professor, May 2012-Sept. 2012)

13.   Prof. Yongli Wang (Visiting Professor, Oct 2011-Oct 2012)

14.   Yanpeng Li (Ph.D. student from Dalian University of Technology, Oct 2009-Oct 2010)

15.   Prof. Liu Wei (Visiting Professor, Aug 2010-Aug 2011)

16.   Prof. Zhixiong Wu (Visiting Professor, July-Oct 2010)

17.   Lihua Wei (Ph.D. student from Nanjing University of Science & Technology, May-Oct. 2009)

18.   Ming Xu (Ph.D. student Fudan University, Jan 2008-Dec 2009)

19.   Yayao Zuo (Ph.D. student from Zhongshan University, March 2008-Jan 2009)

20.   Prof. Wu Chen (Visiting Professor, March, 2006-Feb., 2007)

21.   Dr. JiangTao Ren (Visiting Professor, June, 2006-Nov., 2006)


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