About Me

Manager, Staff Research Scientist
Structured Data Group
Google Research
76 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science,
Courant Institute, New York University
251 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012
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Recent News:

  + Fall 2016: teaching CSCI-GA 2580 @ NYU
  + July 2016, Wadern Germany: Dagstuhl Workshop on Data, responsibly
  + Aug 2015, Big Island, Hawaii: VLDB

 Brief Introduction:
  I am a Research Scientist at Google Research NYC and I sometimes teach at NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. My main research interests are structured data exploration and mining, computational journalism and fact checking, applied machine learning, and scalable data analysis. I lead the Structured Data Group at Google Research.

  The Structured Data Group of Google Research in NYC is hiring! If you are a recent PhD graduate in Database Systems, Data Mining, Machine Learning, Information Retrieval and Recommendation, please ping me. Some recent work from our group include Fact Checking and Structured Snippets.

  I was with Yahoo! Research NYC, from July 2007 to September 2010, working on data mining, information extraction and social recommendation. I graduated from the Database Group at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering under Prof. H. V. Jagadish.

  I am a devoted Michigan Wolverines fan. I have followed all the games since the Michigan-OSU game in the 2003 season. Michigan coaches I have witnessed: Loyd Carr, Rich Rodriguez, Brady Hoke, Jim Harbaugh (Go Blue!!).

 Publications and Projects.

 Program Committee & Editorial Board (selected recent):
2015: Associated Editor, TKDE
2014: WSDM, EDBT, VLDB (proceedings co-chair)

  Visiting Professors I hosted:
     Zachary Ives (Hosted by Alon Halevy, based in NYC);
     Laks Lakshmanan;
  PhD Interns I mentored:
    Alban Galland (Hosted by Sihem Amer-Yahia, INRIA, DGCIS);
    Jian Huang (Penn State, Google);
    Arnab Nandi (Michigan, Ohio State);
    Lujun Fang (Michigan, Google);
    Herald Kllapi (Univ. of Athens, Google);
    Zhepeng (Allen) Yan (UPenn, Google);
    You (Will) Wu (Duke, Google);
    Sara Magliacane (VU University Amsterdam);
    Jialu Liu (UIUC, Google);
    Fernando Chirigati (Hosted by Flip Korn, NYU);
    Huan Gui (UIUC, Facebook);
    Yudian Zheng (HKU);

 Useful Links:
  New Yorker,   Economist,   New York Times,   Wall Street Journal,   FreeReport,   Ronglai