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About Me

Hi, for both human and crawler!
My name is Yuning (Alan) Mao , a 1st year Ph.D student at Data Mining Group, Computer Science Department, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, under the supervision of Jiawei Han.
I graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU).

I love all kinds of creatures. I had a dog, a cat, a pigeon, a duck, some spiders, mantes, fish... I am a "professional" ant keeper. Check out my ants!

You can find some fun facts about me at this page (most of which are not in my academic CV).
You can also visit my Github, but only a little up there:)

What's New

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, IR, and broad machine learning.

To my Github

My love for note is equivalent to code. I sing every now and then. I play the piano and used to play the violin. I also composed music but it was long ago.

To my Changba

I often do abs exercises and other forms of exercises to keep in shape these days. Sometimes I go jogging over music, sometimes I play basketball with friends.

To my Keep


•National Scholarship (twice, top 2 within major) 2015, 2016

•Academic Excellence Scholarship of SJTU (rank 2/72) 2016

•Academic Excellence Scholarship of SJTU (rank 1/72) 2015

•First Prize in RoboCup China 2015 (top 2 out of 18 nationally selected teams) 2015

•First Prize in RoboCup China 2014 (top 2 out of 22 nationally selected teams) 2014

What I did for fun