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Hongning Wang

Hongning Wang

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Office: Rice Hall, Room 408
Phone: 434-982-2228
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Department of Computer Science
School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Virginia
85 Engineer's Way, P.O. Box 400740
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4740

Areas Of Interest

Data mining, information retrieval, and machine learning, with a particular focus on computational user behavior modeling and decision optimization

Biographical Sketch

Hongning Wang received his Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science at University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 2014, and joined University of Virginia as Assistant Professor since then. He is the recipient of 2014 Yahoo ACE (Academic Career Enhancement) Award, Google 2012 PhD Fellowship in Search and Information Retrieval, and 2012 Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges in Web Information Management. He has served on program committees for several major conferences such as WWW, WSDM, ICML, ECML/PKDD, CIKM, and ECIR, and reviewed for multiple journals, including IEEE TKDE, ACM TOIS, Neurocomputing and BMC Bioinformatics.


Dr. Hongning Wang's research generally lies in the intersection among machine learning, data mining and information retrieval. He is especially interested in user understanding, knowledge discovery and decision optimization, via computational models. He has explored a wide variety of human-generated data, including both the text data of opinionated reviews, forum discussions, social media contents and scientific literature, and user behavior data recorded in search engine logs. The models and algorithms he has developed enabled multiple real-life applications including, e.g., public opinion tracking and prediction and personalized retrieval system optimization. And his work has generated over 20 research papers in top venues in data mining and information retrieval areas, including KDD, WWW, SIGIR, WSDM and ICDE.

Selected Publications

  • Hongning Wang, Yue Lu and Chengxiang Zhai. Latent Aspect Rating Analysis on Review Text Data: A Rating Regression Approach. The 16th ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD'2010), p783-792, 2010.
  • Hongning Wang, Xiaodong He, Ming-Wei Chang, Yang Song, Ryen White and Wei Chu. Personalized Ranking Model Adaptation for Web Search. The 36th Annual ACM SIGIR Conference (SIGIR'2013), p323-332, 2013.
  • Hongning Wang, Yang Song, Ming-Wei Chang, Xiaodong He, Ryen White and Wei Chu. Learning to Extract Cross-Session Search Tasks. The 23rd International World-Wide Web Conference (WWW'2013), p1353-1364, 2013.