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About Me

Hi, human / crawler!

I am Yuning Mao , a second-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 IEEE Class, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU).

My research lies in the understanding, organizing, and mining of unstructured text data via data mining, natural language processing, and broad machine learning techniques. My current focuses include taxonomy induction, hierarchical text classification, and summarization.

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

What's New

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] My paper 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.

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" LOL. I am a "professional" ant keeper.

To my Ants


  1. Yuning Mao, Xiang Ren, Jiaming Shen, Xiaotao Gu and Jiawei Han, "End-to-End Reinforcement Learning for Automatic Taxonomy Induction", in Proc. of 2018 Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL'18), Melbourne, Australia, July 2018. [arXiv] [code]
  2. Z. Tan, C. Liu, Yuning Mao et al. "AceMap: A Novel Approach towards Displaying Relationship among Academic Literatures" in proceedings of WWW, workshop on Big Scholarly Data: Towards the Web of Scholars, Montreal, Canada, 2016.
  3. J. Shen, Z. Song, S. Li, Z. Tan, Yuning Mao et al. "Modeling Topic-level Academic Influence in Scientific Literatures" in proceedings of AAAI, workshop on Scholarly Big Data, Phoenix, AZ, US, 2016

Selected Awards

  1. China National Scholarship 2016
  2. China National Scholarship 2015
  3. Academic Excellence Scholarship of SJTU (rank 2/72) 2016
  4. Academic Excellence Scholarship of SJTU (rank 1/72) 2015
  5. Academic Excellence Scholarship of SJTU 2014
  6. First Prize in RoboCup China 2015
  7. First Prize in RoboCup China 2014

What I did for fun (years ago)