Recent Virginia Tech Ph.D. graduate named one of Top 20 New Stars in Data Mining

Liang Zhao Liang Zhao

Liang Zhao, who recently received a Ph.D. in computer science from Virginia Tech, has been named one of the Top 20 New Stars in Data Mining, provided by Microsoft searching.

Microsoft searching mines the past six years of Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD) submissions and combines the big data from Microsoft to then achieve the ranking by an automatic algorithm. KDD is the top conference in the data mining area.

While at Virginia Tech, Zhao was a graduate research assistant at the Discovery Analytics Center at the Virginia Tech Research Center ─ Arlington. Chang-Tien Lu, professor of computer science, was his advisor.

Zhao is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technology at the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University. He is also affiliated with the university’s Department of Computer Science.

His research interests include data mining and machine learning, with particular emphasis on social media modeling, feature selection, and text mining. Zhao has led papers at prestigious conferences and in journals including ACM SIGKDD, IEEE ICDM, SIAM Data Mining, PLoS One, and IEEE BigData. He has also served as the reviewer for leading conferences and journals such as ACM SIGKDD, ACM TKDD, IEEE ICDM, SIAM Data Mining, ACM TIST, ACM SIGSPATIAL, and Geoinformatica.

Zhao owns two U.S. intellectual property disclosers on social media mining.

Posted November 08, 2016