Yizhou Sun (孙怡舟)


Associate Professor

Department of Computer Science
University of California, Los Angeles

Office: BH 3531F
Email:  yzsun at cs dot ucla dot edu

About Me [ CV ]

I am currently an associate professor at Computer Science, UCLA. Prior to that, I joined Northeastern University as an assistant professor in 2013. I received my Ph.D. degree from Computer Science Department University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) in December 2012. I got my master degree and bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Statistics from Peking University, China.

For Prospective Students

I am now looking for highly motivated Ph.D. students. Read more for related information.

What's New

  • [May 2019] Our paper "Few-Shot Representation Learning for Out-Of-Vocabulary Words" is accepted by ACL'19. Congratulations Ziniu and Ting!
  • [May 2019] Our paper "Unsupervised Inductive Graph-Level Representation Learning via Graph-Graph Proximity" is accepted by IJCAI'19. Congratulations Yunsheng!
  • [May 2019] Attending SDM'19 and ICLR'19.
  • [Apr. 2019] Our paper "Universal Representation Learning of Knowledge Bases by Jointly Embedding Instances and Ontological Concepts" is accepted by KDD'19 for oral presentation. Congratulations Junheng!
  • [Apr. 2019] Received Okawa Foundation Research Grant (https://www.cs.ucla.edu/professor-yizhou-sun-wins-2019-okawa-research-grant/)
  • [Mar. 2019] Ting Chen smoothly passed PhD Defense. Congratulations, Dr. Chen!
  • [Jan. 2019] Received 2018 Amazon Research Award. Thank you Amazon! (https://ara.amazon-ml.com/recipients/#2018)
  • [Nov. 2018] Officially promoted to Associate Professor, effective July 1st, 2018.
  • [Oct. 2018] Yupeng Gu smoothly passed PhD Defense. Congratulations, Dr. Gu!
  • [July 2018] Teaching at PKU Summer School, visiting Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, Alibaba, ByteDance, and PPDai.
  • [Aug. 2017] Giving talk at MIT, attending KDD'17, and giving talk at HRL.
  • [Jul. 2017] Visiting Bay Area: giving talks at Google, Standford, Facebook and Pinterest, and visiting Airbnb and Otto Radio.
  • More...

Research Interests

  • Large-Scale Information Network Analysis, Social Network, Link Analysis
  • Graph Mining, Web Mining, Text Mining
  • Data Mining, Database Systems, Statistics, Machine Learning, Information Retrieval, Network Science
  • More about my Research 


Selected Publications [Full List] [DBLP] [Google Scholar]


  • Master Students
    • Yuan Zhong (Graduation year: 2017@NEU; now Facebook)
    • Susan Collins (Graudation year: 2015@NEU)
    • Bingyu Wang (Graduation year: 2014@NEU; now PhD student@NEU)

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Okawa Foundation Research Grant, 2019
  • Amazon Research Award (https://ara.amazon-ml.com/recipients/#2018), 2018
  • Distinguished Alumni Educator Award, CS @ ILLINOIS Alumni Awards , 2016
  • Best Paper Award, Tsinghua Science and Technology 2015 Best Paper Award, 2016
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2015
  • Yahoo ACE (Academic Career Enhancement) Award, 2013
  • ACM SIGKDD 2013 Dissertation Award, 2013
  • Yahoo!-DAIS Outstanding Research Award, UIUC, 2013
  • Best Student Paper Award, 2012 ACM SIGKDD Int. Conf. on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD'12), 2012
  • Best Paper Award, Int. Conf. on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM'11), July 2011
  • Data Mining Research Awards, Data Mining Group, UIUC, Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Spring 2009, and Fall 2008

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