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About Me

Hi, human / crawler!

I am Yuning (Alan) Mao , a Ph.D student of the Data Mining Group, Computer Science Department, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. My advisor is Jiawei Han. I graduated from IEEE Class, 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 CV).

What's New

2018-04-20 One 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 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 work out to keep in shape. Sometimes I go jogging over music, sometimes I play basketball with friends, and sometimes I do exercise indoors.

To my Keep


  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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]

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