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Zhiyuan (Brett) Chen
Ph.D. in Computer Science
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Email: czyuanacm [at] gmail [dot] com
March
28
Check out my podcast on "Lifelong Machine Learning".
Nov
10
My book "Lifelong Machine Learning" is published!
FEB
16
I am recognized with the prestigious Fifty For The Future® Award.
About Me
I have successfully defended my PhD dissertation. I joined Google full-time early 2016.

Check out my new book "Lifelong Machine Learning". Download/buy it from here. The related podcast is available here.
I finished my Ph.D. under the direction of Professor Bing Liu at UIC from Fall 2011 to Fall 2015. My Ph.D. thesis is "Lifelong Machine Learning for Topic Modeling and Classification". My research interests are Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Text Mining, and Data Mining. I have published long papers at premier conferences including KDD, ICML, ACL, and IJCAI. I received my Bachelor's degree in 2011 from Dalian University of Technology, China.
Tutorials
Zhiyuan Chen, Estevam R. Hruschka Jr. and Bing Liu. Lifelong Machine Learning and Computer Reading the Web. KDD 2016. San Francisco, CA, US, August 2016.
Zhiyuan Chen and Bing Liu. Lifelong Machine Learning for Natural Language Processing . EMNLP 2016. Austin, Taxes, November 2016.
Zhiyuan Chen and Bing Liu. Lifelong Machine Learning in the Big Data Era. IJCAI 2015. Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 2015.
Working Experience
My LinkedIn
Feb 2016 - Present
Google, Mountain View CA, United States
Software Engineer in Machine Learning & Ads

May 2015 - July 2015
Quora, Mountain View CA, United States
Data Scientist Intern in Core Product & Quality Team
Mentor: Jason Zhang (Title: Data Scientist), Don van der Drift (Manager)
Project: Question Quality Classification and Grammar Auto-Correction

May 2014 - Aug 2014
Twitter, Boston MA, United States
Software Engineering Intern in Media Science Team
Mentor: Brandon Roy (Title: Data Scientist), Michael Fleischman (Manager)
Project: Modeling Twitter Influence on TV Tune in

May 2012 - Aug 2012
Microsoft Research Redmond, WA, United States
Research Intern in Internet Services Research Center
Mentor: Johnson Apacible (Title: Research Manager, Principal Architect)
Project: Video Triggering in Bing Search Engine

Sept 2010 – May 2011
Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing, China
Engineer/Research Intern in Web Search and Mining Group (WSM)
Mentor: Yunbo Cao (Title: Lead Researcher)
Projects: Automatic Wrapper for Web Data Extraction, Scale Blocking for Record LinkageSempute Link
Selected Publications (See Full List)
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Book Chapters
Zhiyuan Chen and Bing Liu. Topic models for NLP applications. Book chapter in Encyclopedia of Machine Learning and Data Mining, Springer. In Progress.
Professional Services (Program Committee Member/Reviewer)
Conferences :
WWW 2018, International World Wide Web Conference
AAAI 2018, AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence
EMNLP 2017, Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
ACL 2017, Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics
AAAI 2017, AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence
WSDM 2017, ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining
KDD 2016, ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
WWW 2016, International World Wide Web Conference
CIKM 2016, ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management
EMNLP 2016, Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
COLING 2016, North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics
NAACL 2016, North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics
SKG 2016, International Conference on Semantics, Knowledge & Grids
WWW 2015, International World Wide Web Conference
KDD 2015, ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (Reviwer)
ICDM 2015, IEEE International Conference on Data Mining
EMNLP 2015, Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
CIKM 2015, ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management
IJCAI 2015, International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence
SKG 2015, International Conference on Semantics, Knowledge & Grids
CCL 2015, China National Conference on Computational Linguistics
AAAI 2015, AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (Reviewer)
CIKM 2014, ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management
COLING 2014, International Conference on Computational Linguistics
AAAI 2014, AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (Reviewer)

Journals
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TKDE, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, 2015
PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science, 2015
DMKD, Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, 2014, 2015
TWEB, ACM Transactions on the Web, 2012, 2014
Patents
• Yunbo Cao, Chin-Yew Lin, Pei Yue, Zhiyuan Chen: Record linkage based on a trained blocking scheme. Microsoft Corporation. Aug 15, 2013: US 20130212103
• Xinying Song, Zhiyuan Chen, Yunbo Cao, Chin-Yew Lin: Domain Constraint Path Based Data Record Extraction. Microsoft Corporation. May 17, 2012: US 20120124086
Professional Talks
• Invited talk "Mining Topics in Documents: Standing on the Shoulders of Big Data" at Workshop on Big Data Discovery & Curation (BDDC), August 2014 [Slides]

• Oral presentation at KDD 2014, ACL 2014, CIKM 2013, EMNLP 2014, NAACL-HLT 2013

• Invited talk "Discover Meaningful Topics from Text Collections using Topic Models, Enhanced by Expert Knowledge" at Friendly Friday, Chicago, October 2013

• Invited talk "Leveraging Multi-Domain Prior Knowledge in Topic Models" at Friendly Friday, Chicago, April 2013
Honors and Awards
Fifty For The Future®, 2015
Dean's Scholar Awards, 2015
• NAACL Travel Award, from NSF, 2015
• UIC Graduate Student Presenter Award, 2014.
• UIC Graduate Student Council Travel Award, 2014
• ACL Travel Award, from NSF, 2014
• CIKM Student Travel Grant, from SIGIR, SIGWEB, and Facebook, 2013
• EMNLP Student Volunteer Award, 2013.
• UIC Graduate Student Presenter Award, 2013.
• UIC Graduate Student Council Travel Award, 2013
BPDM Scholarship, 2013
• Wexler Award, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2011 (3% of the students)
• Three silver medals and one bronze medal in ACM-ICPC Asia Regional Programming Contests, 2009-2010
• One outstanding award and three first prizes in ACM-ICPC Multi-provincial On-Site Contests, 2008-2010
• National Scholarship for three consecutive years, 2008-2010 (less than 1% undergraduate students)
• First-Class Learning Scholarship, Spiritual Scholarship, Scientific and Technical Innovation Scholarship, 2008-2010
• School Top Three Student, Dalian City Top Three Student, 2008-2010
• Excellent Students Award from Dalian City & Dalian University of Technology, 2010
• One of the top ten college students out of 3,000, 2009-2010
• One of the top ten university students of 27,000 noted for scientific and technical innovation, 2010
• Second prize in University MCM (Mathematical Contest in Modeling), 2009
Volunteer Experience
• #FridayforGood, Boston, Summer 2014
• Chicago Hopes, Chicago, Summer 2013
• CIKM 2013 Conference Student Volunteer, San Francisco, Oct 2013
• EMNLP 2013 Conference Student Volunteer, Seattle, Oct 2013
• NAACL 2013 Conference Student Volunteer, Atlanta, June 2013
• Seattle Works, Seattle, Summer 2012
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Last Update: 2017