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Venkatesh Narayanamurti Chair
Computer Science Department
University of California at Santa Barbara

Ph.D. (2006)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Curriculum Vitae [PDF] [Short Bio]

Affiliation: INARC, NS-CTA, and ICB

Computer Science Department
Rm 1111, Harold Frank Hall
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5110

xyan [at) cs dot ucsb dot edu
(805) 893-3734


Data Mining/Databases, NLP/Machine Learning/AI
RESEARCH PROJECTS  (publications) google scholar | dblp

  • Neural COVID-19 Forecasting (NSF)
  • Knowledge Bases
  • All kinds of Question Answering (Knowledge Graph, FAQ  and Text based)
  • Artificial Intelligence for Systems and IoTs
  • Motif Discovery in Massive Protein Sequences (10,000 times faster than MEME)
  • Knowledge Graph Query Processing and Benchmarking (NSF)
  • Graph Information System(NSF)
  • Network Science (ARL)
  • Collaborative Networks (NSF)

    CS165A: Artificial Intelligence (Winter, 2021)
    CS165A: Artificial Intelligence (Spring, 2020)
    CS165B: Machine Learning (Spring, 2020)

    CS273: Data and Knowledge Bases(Spring, 2019)
    CS165A: Artificial Intelligence (Fall, 2018)
    CS291K: Advanced Deep Learning  (Spring, 2018)
    CS174B: Design and Implementation Techniques of Database Systems  (Winter, 2018)
    Previous Courses
    Graduate Students:
     Wenhu Chen, Xiaoyong Jin, Hanwen Zha, Zhiyu Chen, Shiyang Li, Alon Albalak, Yingrui Yang

    Alumni (PhD): Keqian Li
    (Research Scientist, Yahoo Research), Semih Yavuz (Research Scientist, Salesforce Research), Izzeddin Gur (Research Scientist, Google Research), Bay-Yuan Hsu (Assistant Professor, National Taipei Univ.), Yu Su (Assistant Professor, Ohio State Univ.), Honglei Liu (Research Scientist, Facebook), Theodore Georgiou (Google), Fangqiu Han (Snapchat), Huan Sun (Assistant Professor, Ohio State Univ.), Bo Zong (NEC Labs America)Yang Li (Google), Shengqi Yang(Research Scientist, Facebook),  Arijit Khan (ETH, now Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological Univ.), Nan Li (oDesk, Apple, now Facebook), Gengxin Miao (Google)
    Alumni (PostDoc): Shulong Tan
    (Baidu Silicon Valley AI Lab), Yinghui Wu (Assistant Professor, Washington State Univ.), Ziyu Guan (Professor, Northwest University, China), Ying Tang (Associate Professor at Chengdu University of Technology)
    Alumni (MS): Xiyou Zhou(Startup), Hongmin Wang(Microsoft), Dong-Anh Nguyen (Google), Tianyu Wu (Google), Anastasiya Lazareva (Element Analytics), Alex Morales (UIUC), Nadav Caspi (Microsoft), Matt Weiden (HRL), Russell McLoughlin (LLNL), Lei Zhao (LinkedIn), Chen Liu (Oracle)
    Alumni (Undergraduate):
    Yunkai Zhang (UC Berkeley), Alexander Wood (UCLA)
    Alumni (Highschool): Andy Jin (Stanford)


    1. Best of ICDM 2019 Selection
    2. Program Co-chair: 2019 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM19)
    3. ICDE 2013 Best Poster Award
    4. SIGKDD Best Student Paper Award, 2012
    5. IEEE ICDM 10-year Highest Impact Paper Award, 2011
    6. The Venkatesh Narayanamurti Chair, Univ. of California at Santa Barbara, 2008-present
    7. ACM-SIGMOD Dissertation Award Honorable Mention, 2007
    8. Best Student Paper, Proc. of 2007 Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD), 2007 
    9. Best Student Paper, Proc. of 2007 IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE), 2007
    10. Excellent Teaching Assistant Award, CS Dept., Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003, 2004
    11. Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, CS Dept., SUNY at Stony Brook, 2001

    Last Modified: Aug 24, 2012