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About Me

Hi, human / crawler!

I am Yuning Mao , a third-year Ph.D student in the Data Mining Group, Computer Science Department, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC). My advisor is Jiawei Han. I graduated from the IEEE Honored Class, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU).

My research lies in the understanding, organizing, and mining of text data via data mining, natural language processing, and deep (reinforcement) learning techniques. My current interests include taxonomy construction, hierarchical classification, and text summarization.

You can find some fun facts about me here, most of which are not in my CV (because I update it mainly for fun:)

What's New

2019-05 Start internship with Luna Dong at Amazon, working on taxonomy construction.

2019-05 I will serve as a PC member of EMNLP 2019.

2019-03 Shared my personal collection of words!

2019-03 I will serve as a PC member of ACL 2019 on Information Extraction and Text Mining.

2018-08-25 After being stuck in Australia for 42 days due to US visa issue, I finally got back to the states... Check out my adventure in Oz (游记)!

2018-04-20 [Birthday Gift] Paper on Taxonomy Induction accepted to ACL 2018.

2017-12-10 Performed at the annual carol concert in Foellinger Great Hall.

2017-11-16 We had a concert at McKinley Presbyterian Church!

2017-05-21 I'm fond of MITM attack these days... and learning to play the guitar by myself.

2017-03-20 I will join Jiawei Han's group, UIUC as a Ph.D.

2017-02-07 The paper "Unbiased Learning-to-Rank with Biased Feedback" in which I was acknowledged received WSDM 2017 best paper award.

What I Enjoy


I love both engineering work (if it's fun) and research-oriented projects. My interests lie in data mining, NLP, and broad machine learning. I use Python🐍.

To my Github

My love for note is equivalent to code. I like singing 🎤. I used to play the violin 🎻 but play the piano 🎹 and guitar 🎸 more often now. I also compose music at times.

To my Changba

I love all kinds of creatures. I used to have a dog, a cat, a pigeon, a duck, some spiders, mantes, fish... I love insects, not "bugs". I am a "professional" ant 🐜 keeper!

To my Ants

Selected Publications

  1. Yuning Mao, Liyuan Liu, Qi Zhu, Xiang Ren, Jiawei Han, "Facet-Aware Evaluation for Extractive Text Summarization", arXiv 2019. [arXiv] [code]
  2. Yuning Mao, Jingjing Tian, Jiawei Han and Xiang Ren, "Hierarchical Text Classification with Reinforced Label Assignment", EMNLP 2019. [arXiv] [code]
  3. Yuning Mao, Xiang Ren, Jiaming Shen, Xiaotao Gu and Jiawei Han, "End-to-End Reinforcement Learning for Automatic Taxonomy Induction", ACL 2018. [arXiv] [code]

Selected Experience

  1. Amazon Research, Product Graph Team, Luna Dong, Taxonomy Construction
  2. Microsoft Research Asia, Data Mining and Enterprise Intelligence Group, Jun Yan, Relation Extraction
  1. China National Scholarship 2015, 2016
  2. Academic Excellence Scholarship of SJTU (rank 2/72) 2016
  3. Academic Excellence Scholarship of SJTU (rank 1/72) 2015
  1. AAAI 2020
  2. ACL 2019 (Information Extraction and Text Mining), EMNLP 2019 (Textual Inference)
  1. AAAI 2019, WWW 2019, KDD 2019, SIGIR 2019, CIKM 2019, ICDM 2019
  2. ACL 2018, CIKM 2018, ECML-PKDD 2018, IJCAI 2018, KDD 2018
  3. AKBC 2017, SDM 2017

What I did for fun (years ago)