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Venkatesh Narayanamurti Chair
Computer Science Department
University of California at Santa Barbara

Ph.D. (2006)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Curriculum Vitae [PDF] [Short Bio]

Affiliation: INARC, NS-CTA, and ICB

Computer Science Department
Rm 1111, Harold Frank Hall
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5110

xyan [at) cs dot ucsb dot edu
(805) 893-3734


Data Mining/Databases, NLP/Machine Learning/AI

RESEARCH PROJECTS  (publications) google scholar | dblp


CS291K: Deep Learning for Text Mining and Understanding  (Spring, 2017)
CS165A: Artificial Intelligence (Winter, 2017)
CS273: Data and Knowledge Bases(Fall, 2016)
Previous Courses
Graduate Students:
Yu Su Honglei Liu, Semih Yavuz, Izzeddin Gur, Keqian Li
Research Scientist:
Alumni (PhD): Theodore Georgiou (Google),
Fangqiu Han (Snapchat), Huan Sun (Assistant Professor, Ohio State Univ.), Bo Zong (NEC Labs America)Yang Li (Google), Shengqi Yang(Research Scientist, Facebook),  Arijit Khan (ETH, now Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological Univ.), Nan Li (oDesk, Apple, now Facebook), Gengxin Miao (Google)
Alumni (PostDoc): Shulong Tan
(Baidu Silicon Valley AI Lab), Yinghui Wu (Assistant Professor, Washington State Univ.), Ziyu Guan (Professor, Northwest University, China), Ying Tang (Associate Professor at Chengdu University of Technology)
Alumni (MS): Dong-Anh Nguyen (Google), Alex Morales (UIUC), Nadav Caspi (Microsoft), Matt Weiden (HRL), Russell McLoughlin (LLNL), Lei Zhao (LinkedIn), Chen Liu (Oracle)
Alumni (Undergraduate):
Alexander Wood (UCLA)


  1. ICDE 2013 Best Poster Award
  2. SIGKDD Best Student Paper Award, 2012
  3. IEEE ICDM 10-year Highest Impact Paper Award, 2011
  4. The Venkatesh Narayanamurti Chair, Univ. of California at Santa Barbara, 2008-present
  5. ACM-SIGMOD Dissertation Award Honorable Mention, 2007
  6. Best Student Paper, Proc. of 2007 Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD), 2007 
  7. Best Student Paper, Proc. of 2007 IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE), 2007
  8. Excellent Teaching Assistant Award, CS Dept., UIUC, 2003, 2004
  9. Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, CS Dept., SUNY at Stony Brook, 2001

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