Zhifeng Bao (鲍芝峰                                                                                    
Room 14.09.19,
School of Computer Science and Information Technology,
RMIT University,
GPO Box 2476, Melbourne 3001
Victoria, Australia

Email: zhifeng dot bao AT rmit.edu.au

Tel: +61 3 992 51940
Fax: +61 3 9925 3748                                  

I am looking for PhD/master students to work with me on various data usability projects
2 PhD scholarships opening (until all positions are filled!) 
If you are a highly motivated and creative student and interested in doing database research, please email me (see prospective students). 

General Information
Dr. Bao is an academic at School of Computer Science & Information Technology at RMIT (Melbourne, Australia) and an honory fellow at University of Melbourne. He is affiliated with the recently launched RMIT-NICTA Data Analytics Joint Lab and the ISAR (Information Storage, Analysis and Retrieval) led by Prof. Mark Sanderson. Dr. Bao's research is supported by Google Research Grant, Australasian Research Council and Data61.

I obtained my PhD in computer science from National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2011. I was a research scientist in the Interactive&Digital Medida Institute (IDMI), working with Prof. Anthony Tung to build a GPU-cluster for Real-time Analysis on high dimensional data such as features in video and image data streamed from sensors (2012-2014). In 2010-2012, I was a Postdoc Fellow of School of Computing, NUS, working on the UTab Project, under the supervision of Professor Beng Chin Ooi and Professor Y.C. Tay. I was a member of the DB System Research Group. From In June-Sep 2010, I was a visiting scholar at DKE, the University of Queensland, working with Professor Xiaofang Zhou on the data quality project. In Jun 2009-Nov 2009, I was very fortunate to do my summer internship at AT&T Research Lab, working with Dr. Divesh Srivastava  on the Gigascope project. In 2006-2009, I was a teaching assistant at the school of computing, NUS.

News (archived)


- Jan: Honored to be invited to serve the program committee member of Tier-A* ACM SIGMOD 2018, ICDE 2018 and VLDB 2018

- Jan: 2 ICDE papers got accepted! 

        - Warm Congratulations to my student, Sheng Wang on his ICDE17 paper "Answering Top-k Exemplar Trajectory Query". 

        - Congratulation to our student Farhana on her ICDE17 paper "Monitoring the Top-m Aggregation in a Sliding Window of Spatial Queries"!

Research Interests
I am highly interested in how to make data usable to data consumers, and make the implementation of such usability module as efficient and generalized as possible. In particular, I have been playing actively in: 

Research Topics:


    - Data Visualization & Visualized Data Exploration
    - Trajectory Data Mangement   

    - Geo-located Data Integration and Cleaning

    - Spatio-Textual query processing


    - Publisher/Subscriber over social media streams

    - Real Time Personalized Search

    (1) Keyword Search, (2) Query Relaxation/Suggestion, 
    (3) Exploratory Search Paradigm
, (4) Data Provenance Tracking.


Google Faculty Award - 2015

Singapore Infocomm Development Authority Medal and Prize 

Best PhD Thesis Award of Class of 2011 (The only Winner)

Research Achievement Award - 2009 

ADC 2016 Best Student Paper Award

ADC 2016 Best Demo Paper Award
DASFAA 2017 Best Student Paper Runnerup Award

Best Paper Nomination:

   The 23rd ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2014)
   The 33rd International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER 2014) - Best Student Paper Award Nomination 
   The 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM)
   The 17th International Conference on Database Systems for Advanced Applications (DASFAA 2012)
   The 25th International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE 2009)

Selected Professional Services (Full List)

PC Co-Chair:    
    DASFAA 2017 (Workshop Track)
    APWeb 2016 (demo track)
    ADMA 2016 (Best Paper Award Committee)
    XML-DM 2012

Program Committee of International Conferences (only Tier-A*/A are shown):    

    2018 -  Tier-A*: SIGMOD, VLDB, ICDE

    2017 -  Tier-A*: VLDB, ICDESIGIR

                    Tier-A: ER, CIKM

    2016 -  Tier-A*: SIGIRIJCAIVLDB (demo track), ICDE (demo track, TKDE Poster Track), 

                   Tier-A: CIKMEDBT (demo track), DASFAA, ER

    2015 - Tier-A: CIKMDASFAAER

    2014 - VLDB (demo track), CIKM (demo track), ER


I am delighted to work with my excellent team on various research projects


- Under My Primary Supervision

Sheng Wang (Thesis Topic: trajectory data exploration: from range query to top-k query)

Mingzhao Li (Thesis Topic: Visualized Analytics on Geo-spatial Data)

Liangjun Song (Thesis Topic: Multi-faceted Summarization of streaming data)

Munkh-Erdene Yadamjav  (Thesis Topic: TBD)


Yipeng Zhang - RMIT

Shi Yan  - RMIT

Shixun Huang , Jingfei Yang, David Alexander - UMELB (co-supervision with Prof. Rui Zhang)