Graduate Students


Recipient of the "Best Researcher (Senior Faculty) Award (2013)", School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, ASU, May 2, 2014.

The 2014 President's Award for Innovation at ASU, PI of Team Award on Empowering Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief with Social Media and Data Analytics, April 2, 2014.

Recipient of the 2013 Yahoo Faculty Research and Engagement Program (FREP)

Recipient of the "Best Researcher (Senior Faculty) Award (2012)", School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, ASU, April 26, 2013.

Huiji Gao and Jiliang Tang won "The 3rd Place Dedicated Task 2: Next Location Prediction", Mobile Data Challenge by Nokia, June 19, 2012

Recipient of the"Distinguished Contribution Award", PAKDD 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 2012.

Recipient of the "Best Researcher (Senior Faculty) Award (2010)", Computer Science and Engineering, CIDSE, ASU, May 5, 2011.

Recipient of the 2011 Yahoo! Faculty Research Engagement Program (FREP).

ACM 2010 Distinguished Scientist for Computing Innovations, November 16, 2010.

Recipient of "the Most Influential Paper Award" at PAKDD 2010 for the PAKDD 2000 paper on "Feature Selection for Clustering", May, 2010. Hyderabad, India.

Recipient of "the Researcher of the Year Award" (April, 2009), Computer Science & Engineering, SCI, ASU

Recipient of "the Teacher of the Year Award" (April, 2005), Computer Science & Engineering, ASU

Invited and Keynote Talks (2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011)

  • ``Mining Social Media: Big Data, New Challenges", keynote, Big Data Summit, Sydney, Australia. October 27 - 28, 2014.
  • ``Keeping Pace with Big Data: A Data Mining Perspective", keynote, NSF Workshop on Big Data Analytics for Infrastructure and Building Resilience and Sustainability, Beijing. Sept 19-20, 2014
  • ``Advancing the Frontier of Social Media Mining", CIDSE Faulty Talk Series, School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. September, 2014. Slides
  • Summer School on Foundations and Applications of Social Network Analysis & Mining, Hellenic Ameircan College, Athens, Greece. June 2-6, 2014.
  • ``Deepening Our Understanding of Social Media via Data Mining",, Jussieu, Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, Paris. May 30, 2014. Slides
  • ``Advancing the Frontier of Social Media Mining", keynote 2014 AI Forum, National Taipei University, New Taipei City. May 17, 2014. Slides
  • ``Some Challenging Problems in Mining Social Media", Academic Seminar, East Bank, University of Minnesota, SOBACO (Social Media and Business Analytics Collaborative), April 22, 2014. Slides
  • ``New Data Mining Opportunities of Social Media", Industry Seminar Carlson School of Management, West Bank, University of Minnesota, SOBACO (Social Media and Business Analytics Collaborative), April 22, 2014. Slides
  • ``Deception and Detection in Social Media", AAAI2014 Spring Symposium on Social Hacking and Cognitive Security on the Internet and New Media, March 24, 2014. Stanford University
  • ``Too Messy to Understand? New Challenges in Mining Social Media", invited talk, EECE, Northwestern University, November 12, 2013 (11/12/13) Evanston, IL. 
  • Seminar on Social Computing and Crisis in the New Inofrmation Age, invited talk on Social Computing Challenges in Research and Applications. October 8 - 9, 2013. Brussels, Belgium.
  • ``Some Computational Challenges in Mining Social Media", Keynote Slides, The 2013 IEEE/ACM (ASONAM2013) International Conference on Advances in Social Network Analysis and Mining, August 25-28. Niagra Falls, Canada.
  • ``Making Sense of Social Media Data - Some of Our Lessons", Invited Talk, Yahoo!-DAIS Seminar, August 22, 2013. UIUC, IL.
  • ``A Brief Introduction to Social Media Mining", China Computer Federation (CCF), Advanced DisciplinesLectures on Social Networks and Data Mining, Invited Lecture, August 3, 2013. Beijing.
  • ``Making Sense of Social Media Data", Invited Talk, Seminar on Social Media and Big Data. August 2, 2013.Tsinghua University, Beijing.
  • ``Understanding Behavior in a Networked World via Social Media", Invited Talk, July 30, 2013. National Cheng Kung University, Tainan.
  • ``Understanding Behavior in a Networked World via Social Media", Invited Talk, July 26, 2013. National Taiwan University, Taipei.
  • ``Some Computational Challenges in Mining Social Media", Invited Talk, July 25, 2013. Sinica Academia, Taipei.
  • ``Understanding Behavior in a Networked World via Social Media", Plenary Talk, International Conference on Social Intelligence and Technology, SOCIETY2013, State College, Pennsylvania. May 9, 2013.
  • ``Some New Data-Mining Challenges with Social Media Data", Keynote, the 17th Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD2013), Gold Coast, Australia. April 16, 2013.
  • ``Understanding Behavior in a Networked World via Social Media Data", Plenary Talk, International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC'13), San Diego, CA. January 30, 2013.
  • ``Computing with Social Media Data", Invited Talk, the Center for Social Dynamics & Complexity", Arizona State University, January 24, 2013.
  • ``Some Computing Challenges in Understanding Social Media Data", the 4th China National Conference on Social Computing, Keynote, November 15-16, 2012. Beijing.
  • ``Toward Mobile Cloud Computing: Data Analysis with Location-Based Social Networks", Mobile Cloud Computing Panel, the 26th IEEE Annual Computer Communications Workshop (CCW), November 9, 2012. Sedona, AZ.
  • "Mining Social Media - A Brief Introduction", Invited Tutorial, INFORMS, Annual Meeting, October 16, 2012. Phoenix, AZ. slides
  • "Mining Social Media - A Brief Introduction", Decision Systems Seminar, School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, October 11, 2012.
  • "Some `Big Data' Challenges in Mining Social Media Data", Computer and Information Science, IUPUI, September 7, 2012.
  • "Some Challenges in Understanding Social Media", Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, May 28, 2012.
  • "Some Challenges in Mining Social Media Data", Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, May 25, 2012.
  • "Some Challenges in Understanding Social Media", Renmin University of China, Beijing, May 24, 2012.
  • "Social Computing: Developing Theories and Advancing Applications", Symposium on Web Data Science and Engineering - A New Inter-discipline, the Xiangshan Science Conference Series, Beijing, May 23, 2012.
  • "Mining Social Media for Actionable Knowledge", Integrated R&D Informatics & and Knowledge Management, the 19th Molecular Med TRI-CON 2012,  Moscone North Convention Center, San Francisco, CA. Feb 22, 2012.
  • "Mining Patterns in Social Media - A New Frontier", The 3rd Workshop on Domain-Driven Data Mining (DDDM11) with ICDM 2011, Keynote, Vancouver, Canada. December 11, 2011.
  • "Mining Social Media - Issues sand Challenges", The 3rd SIGMM Workshop on Social Media (WSM11) in Conjunction with ACM Multimedia 2011, Keynote, Scottsdale, AZ. November 29th, 2011.
  • "Understanding Collective Behavior in Social Media", The 23rd IEEE International Conference on Tools with AI (ICTAI11), Keynote, Boca Raton, Florida. November 8th, 2011.
  • "When Connected, Are We Still in Control of Our Destinies?", Language Technologies Institute Colloquium, Carnegie Mellon University, October 7, 2011.
  • "In Social Media, Your Vulnerability May Be Beyond Your Control", Information Assurance Center Monthly Seminar, Arizona State University, September 30, 2011. co-presentation with Pritam Gundecha.
  • Invited Tutorial on "Exploiting Attribue-Value and Linked Data - Complexities and Opportunities in Social Computing", Air Force Research Lab - Wright Patterson Workshop on ``Computational Methods for Complex Data Analysis", September 6-7, 2011.
  • Invited Lecture, Lipari School of Computational Social Science on "Community Detection and Mining in Social Media", Lipari Island, Italy, July 16 - 23, 2011.
  • "Studying Human Behavior in Social Media", LinkedIn, Mountain View, CA. July 7, 2011.

Professional Activities

Industry and Government Experience (Consulting or visiting)

  • AOL, Motorola Research Lab, Microsoft Research Asia
  • AFRL, Rome, NY, June-August, 2007
  • Google Faculty Summit, July, 2008

Editorial/Advisory Board

  IEEE Trans on Network Science & Engineering (2014 - ) Lecture Notes in Social Netowrks, Springer (2012 - ) ACM TIST (2010 - )

Social Network Analysis and Mining, Springer (2011 - )

Statistical Analysis & Data Mining (2010 - )

Informatics (1999 - 2011)

Applied Intelligence  (2006 - 2011)

KAIS (2004 - 2006)

Handbook of Data Mining

Encyclopedia of Data Warehousing and Mining



Guest Editor

    Uncovering Deception in Social Media, Springer Social Network Analysis and Mining, 2013
    AI in Social Computing and Cultural Modeling, ACM TIST, 2010 (part 1), 2012 (part 2)
    Social Computing in Blogosphere, IEEE Internet Computing, 2010
    Best Papers of SDM'09, Statistical Analysis and Data Mining, 2009
    Social Computing, Behavioral Modeling, and Prediction, ACM TKDD, 2008
    Evolving Feature Selection, IEEE Intelligent Systems, 2005
    Streaming Data Mining, Information Sciences, Elsevier, 2005
    Instance Selection and Construction, DMKD, Kluwer, 2001
    Feature Selection and Extraction, IEEE Intelligent Systems, 1997

Book/Book Proposal Review

Morgan & Claypool,  Chapman and Hall/CRC Press, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., SAGE, Springer, IEEE Press

Panel and Review
NSF (2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 - 2012)
    AFOSR (2009, 2012), ARO (2011, 2012)
    NIH/NIGMS (2012), NASA (2004)

Program Committee Co-Chair, Workshop Co-Chair, Tutorial Chair, Award Chair
SIGKDD2014 Best Dissertation Award Committee, PAKDD2014 Most Influential Paper Award Committee, CIKM2014 Workshop (Co-Chair), WWW2014 Workshop on BigScholars (Co-Chair), IEEE ICCC2014 Symposium on Social Networks and Big Data (Co-Chair), PAKDD2014 (Test-of-Time Paper Committee Chair), WAIM'13 Conference Co-Chair, SDM11 and SDM 12 Conference Co-Chair, IEEE/ACM CPSCom10 Co-Chair, FSDM10, ACML09 PC area chair, SDM 09 PC Co-Chair, FSDM 08, PAKDD 08 Conference Co-Chair, SDM 08 Workshop chair, SDM 08, Co-Organizer, PAKDD 07 PC area chair, PRICAI 06 PC Vice Chair, RIKD 06 Co-Chair, FSDM 06 Co-Chair, SIAM Data Mining 2006 Tutorial Chair, PAKDD06 Workshop Co-chair, SAINT06 Publicity Co-Chair, PAKDD05 PC Co-Chair, FSDM05 Co-Chair, PAKDD03 Workshop Chair, PRICAI02 Workshop Chair, PAKDD01 (PC Co-Chair)

Program Committee (incomplete):

WWW2015 Web Mining WSDM2015 (Senior PC) ICDM2014 (area chair)
IEEE BigData2015  in DC (Senior PC) ICWSM2014 ACM Recsys 2014
CIKM2014 (Area Chair, Web & Socia Data Track) EDBT/ICDT MSDM2014 ACM Web Science 2014
IEEE Mobile Cloud2014 SBP2014 PAKDD2014 (Senior PC)
WWW2014 (PC and Demo) WSDM2014 SDM2014 (Senior PC)
ICDM2013 CIKM2013 (Seinor PC) IEEE BigData 2013
 ASONAM2013 and EB-ASONAM2013 IJCAI2013 (Senior PC) IEEE ISI2013
SBP2013 SDM2013 PAKDD2013 (Senior PC)
WWW2013 (Web Search, Content Analysis, Demo) WSDM2013 IEEE ISI 2012
CIKM2012 (Senior PC) SIGKDD 2012 PAKDD2012
WWW 2012 PRICAI'12 FTDCS 2011
MSM 2011 CIKM 2011 ICDM 2011
SIGKDD 2011 ASONAM 2011 WAIM 2011
APWeb 2011 IJCAI 2011 IEAI Track SBP 2011
WSDM 2010 ICDM 2010 ACML 2010 (Senior PC)
KDD 2010 IEEE SocialCom 2010 ICPR 2010
WWW2010 SDM 2010 (Senior PC) WSDM 2010
ICCCD 2009 ACML 2009 (PC Area Chair) CIKM 2009
WISM 2009 (Shanghai) PAKDD 2009 ICDE 2009 (Demo)
SDM 2009 (PC Co-Chair) ICDM 2009 KDD2009
SBP 2009 AAAI Spring Symposium 2009 AAAI 2008
CIKM08 FSDM 2008 PAKDD 2008
KDD 2008 (Senior PC member) ICML 2008 SBP 2008
ECML/PKDD 2008 WAIM 2008 SDM 2008

CIKM 2007

ICDM 2007

KDD 2007

AAAI 2007

PAKDD 2007

EC-Web 2007

SDM 2007

CIDM 2007

RIKD  2006

ICDM 2006

ICTAI 2006

AIDM 2006

WebKDD 2006

EC-Web 2006

CIKM 2006

KDD 2006

ICML 2006

FSDM 2006

SIAM Data Mining 2006

IEEE Grc 2006

PAKDD 2006

CI 2006

AP-Web 2006

ECML 2005

AAAI05 (Senior PC Member)


PAKDD 2005

SIAM Data Mining 2005





(to be completed)

Journals refereed:
Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, IEEE Cybernetics, ACM Web, ACM TOMCCAP, ACM TOIS, ACM TIST, ACM TKDD, Journal of Machine Learning Research, Artificial Intelligence, Journal of AI Research, Machine Learning, Bioinformatics, IEEE TKDE, IEEE SMC, Pattern Recognition, PRL, IEEE PAMI, KAIS