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I am a Senior Manager (starting as Principal Applied Scientist first) at Amazon Web Services (AWS).


I am an associate professor of computer science without term (tenured) at the University of Virginia (on leave since 2022).


I was part of the Data and Technology Advancement (DATA) National Service Scholar Program: Data Scientists Advancing Biomedical Research in National Institute of Health, NIA.

2020 Spring:

I took a Sabbatical in University of California, Berkeley, Visiting Prof. Bin Yu's group.

2019 Aug:

I was an assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science , in University of Virginia. I have received the Young Investigator CAREER award from NSF (National Science Foundation, 2015-2020)!

2013 Aug:

I was a senior researcher @ Machine Learning Department, NEC Labs America.

2013 May:

I was a research staff member @ Machine Learning Department, NEC Labs America.
( I was very fortunate to have the chance to work closely with Jason Weston , Ronan Collobert , Leon Bottou, Vladimir Vapnik, Koray Kavukcuoglu and many great colleagues.)


I completed my PhD in May of 2008 at the School of Computer Science in Carnegie Mellon University working with Ziv Bar-Joseph and Judith Klein-Seetharaman.
(Dissertation Committee: Ziv Bar-Joseph, Judith Klein-Seetharaman, Christos Faloutsos, Jaime Carbonell, Baldo Oliva)


I received my M.S. in May of 2003 from the School of Computer Science in Carnegie Mellon University.


I received my B.S. with first-class high honors (3 out of 156 graduates) and M.E. (in the accelerated program) in June of 2001 from Computer Science Department, Tsinghua university, Beijing.


I was a member of Tsinghua Univ. Chorus team and a member of Tsinghua Univ. Skating Team between 1999-2001.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." --- Winston Churchill

“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” --- John W. Gardner

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." --- Aristotle

"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." --- Michael Jordan