Email: yuz9 [AT] illinois [DOT] edu
Office: Room 1117, Siebel Center for Computer Science, 201 N. Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801

What’s New

2018-12-16 I serve as an external reviewer for DASFAA 2019.

2018-10-21 Qi Zhu’s paper with Xiang, Jingbo, me, Ahmed and Dr. Han on Open-Domain Information Extraction was accepted by WSDM 2019, with an acceptance rate of 16%!

2018-10-11 Xuan and I’s paper on Nested Entity Recognition, as well as Qi Li’s paper on Wide-Window Meta-Pattern Extraction, was accepted by BIBM 2018!

2018-10-05 Xuan’s paper with me, Xiang, Yuhao, Marinka, Jingbo, Dr. Langlotz and Dr. Han on Multi-Task Biomedical NER was accepted by Bioinformatics!

2018-06-15 Jiaming and Jinfeng’s demo paper with me and other collaborators on Entity-Set-Aware Search was accepted by KDD 2018 project showcase track! You can access the SetSearch+ demo here.

2018-04-27 Qi Zhu’s paper with Xiang, Jingbo, me, Frank and Dr. Han received Best Poster Award Honorable Mention at WWW 2018!

2018-02-14 Qi Zhu’s paper with Xiang, Jingbo, me, Frank and Dr. Han on Open-Domain Information Extraction was accepted by WWW 2018 as a poster!

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%!



I am a second-year graduate student in Data Mining Group at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, advised by Prof. Jiawei Han. I am finishing my MS study and will be a PhD student in the same group in Fall 2019. My research interests are text mining, information network analysis, and their applications to bioinformatics.

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.


Integrating Local Context and Global Cohesiveness for Open Information Extraction [PDF] [arXiv] [code]
Qi Zhu, Xiang Ren, Jingbo Shang, Yu Zhang, Ahmed El-Kishky, Jiawei Han.
WSDM 2019. Melbourne, Australia.

PENNER: Pattern-enhanced Nested Named Entity Recognition in Biomedical Literature [PDF] [code]
Yu Zhang*, Xuan Wang*, Qi Li, Cathy H. Wu, Jiawei Han (*Equal Contribution)
BIBM 2018. Madrid, Spain.

Pattern Discovery for Wide-Window Open Information Extraction in Biomedical Literature [PDF]
Qi Li, Xuan Wang, Yu Zhang, Fei Ling, Cathy H. Wu, Jiawei Han
BIBM 2018. Madrid, Spain.

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

SetSearch+: Entity-Set-Aware Search and Analytics for Scientific Literature [PDF] [Demo]
Jiaming Shen*, Jinfeng Xiao*, Yu Zhang, Carl Yang, Jingbo Shang, Jinda Han, Saurabh Sinha, Peipei Ping, Richard Weinshilboum, Jiawei Han (*Equal Contribution)
KDD 2018. London, UK. (System Demo)

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

Open Information Extraction with Global Structure Constraints [PDF] [code]
Qi Zhu, Xiang Ren, Jingbo Shang, Yu Zhang, Frank F. Xu, Jiawei Han.
WWW 2018. Lyon, France. (Poster, Best Poster Award Honorable Mention)

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

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

Honors and Awards

2018 WWW 2018 Best Poster Award Honorable Mention
2017 Best Undergraduate Thesis Award, School of EECS, Peking Univ. (10/315)
2017 Outstanding Graduates, Peking Univ.
2017 SIGIR 2017 Student Travel Grants
2016 Kwang-Hua Scholarship
2015 May 4th Scholarship
2014 National Scholarship (Top 1%)
2011/2012 First Prize, National Olympiad in Informatics in Provinces (NOIP)


I like taking MOOCs when I intend to learn something as a beginner. Some MOOCs I have finished: Networks (2015-05), Probability (2015-05), Music Theory (2015-09), Economics (2018-08).

I played bridge during my high school and undergraduate time. Sometimes I could get a good place.