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Office: Room 1117, Siebel Center for Computer Science, 201 N. Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801

What’s New

2017-12-22 Meng’s paper with Xiang, me and Dr. Han on Weakly-Supervised Relation Extraction was accepted by WWW 2018, with an acceptance rate of 14.8%!

2017-08-16 I became a member of Prof. Jiawei Han’s Data Mining Group!

2017-08-07 Traveled to Tokyo for SIGIR 2017.

2017-08-05 Our paper on Location Estimation for Twitter Users was accepted by CIKM 2017!

2017-07-04 I graduated from Peking University where I spent 4 wonderful years and made lots of great friends.

2017-06-05 My thesis was selected as one of the Best 10 Undergraduate Theses of PKU EECS! I am grateful to Prof. Yan Zhang for his support throughout the years.

2017-04-12 Our paper on Influential Nodes Mining was accepted by SIGIR 2017!


I am a first-year master student in Data Mining Group at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, advised by Prof. Jiawei Han. My research interest lies in Data Mining, including text mining and information network analysis.

Before joining UIUC, I received my B.S degree in Computer Science from Peking University in 2017. During my junior and senior years, I was a research assistant at Data Analysis and Intelligent Retrieval Lab, supervised by Prof. Yan Zhang.

During the summer of 2016, I spent two months as a summer intern at Carnegie Mellon University, working with Prof. Kathleen M. Carley and Dr. Wei Wei.

I was born and raised in Shanghai.

For further information, please see my CV.


Cross-type Biomedical Named Entity Recognition with Deep Multi-Task Learning [arXiv]
Xuan Wang, Yu Zhang, Xiang Ren, Yuhao Zhang, Marinka Zitnik, Jingbo Shang, Curtis Langlotz, Jiawei Han

Weakly-supervised Relation Extraction by Pattern-enhanced Embedding Learning [PDF] [arXiv]
Meng Qu, Xiang Ren, Yu Zhang, Jiawei Han.
WWW 2018. Lyon, France.

Integrating Local Context and Global Cohesiveness for Open Information Extraction [PDF]
Qi Zhu, Xiang Ren, Jingbo Shang, Yu Zhang, Frank F. Xu and Jiawei Han.
WWW 2018. Lyon, France. (Poster)

RATE: Overcoming Noise and Sparsity of Textual Features in Real-Time Location Estimation [PDF] [Poster]
Yu Zhang, Wei Wei, Binxuan Huang, Kathleen M. Carley, Yan Zhang.
CIKM 2017. Singapore. (Short Paper)

Top-K Influential Nodes in Social Networks: A Game Perspective [PDF] [Full Version]
Yu Zhang, Yan Zhang.
SIGIR 2017. Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. (Short Paper)

Honors and Awards

2017 Best 10 Undergraduate Theses of PKU EECS
2017 Outstanding Graduates of Peking University
2017 SIGIR 2017 Student Travel Grants
2016 Kwang-Hua Scholarship
2015 May 4th Scholarship
2014 National Scholarship
2011/2012 First Prize, National Olympiad in Informatics in Provinces (NOIP)


I love traveling. Places I visited recently: Singapore (2017-04), Tokyo (2017-08), Michigan Upper Peninsula (2017-10), New York (2017-11).

I played bridge (I mean the card game) during my high school and undergraduate time. Sometimes I could get a good place.