Yizhou Sun (孙怡舟)


Assistant Professor

Department of Computer Science
University of California, Los Angeles

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

About Me [ CV ]

I am currently an assistant 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

  • [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.
  • [Apr. 2017] Attending WWW'17 Conference.
  • [Mar. 2017] Invited Talks at SnapChat, HeartBD2K, and CMU Tepper Business School.
  • [Feb. 2017] Attending WSDM'17 Conference.
  • [Nov. 2016] Invited Talks at USC Information Sciences Institute and UCSD.
  • [Oct. 2016] Visiting UIUC for CS @ ILLINOIS Alumni Awards and invited talk at DAIS Seminar.
  • 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

  • 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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