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

What’s New

2018-06-15 Jiaming and Jinfeng’s demo paper with other collaborators and me on entity-set-aware search and mining was accepted by KDD 2018 project showcase track! You can access the SetSearch+ demo here.

2018-06-11 Xuan’s paper with me, Qi, Yinyin and Dr. Han on Biomedical OpenIE was accepted by ACM-BCB 2018!

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

2018-02-14 Qi’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%!

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

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

2017-06-05 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.


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

Open Information Extraction with Meta-pattern Discovery in Biomedical Literature [PDF]
Xuan Wang, Yu Zhang, Qi Li, Yinyin Chen, Jiawei Han.
ACM-BCB 2018. Washington DC, USA.

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

Open Information Extraction with Global Structure Constraints [PDF]
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]
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]
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 of PKU EECS (10/315)
2017 Outstanding Graduates of PKU
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), Boston/Cambridge (2018-03).

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