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Spring 2019
Paper on Explainable Recommendations (with Pigi Kouki) wins Outstanding Paper IUI
Our proposal on Machine Common Sense selected for funding by DARPA
Organizing workshop on Neural + Symbolic Representation & Reasoning at AKBC
Winter 2019
Paper on Semantic Modeling (with Binh Vu) accepted to WWW
Paper on Explainable Recommendations (with Pigi Kouki) accepted to IUI
Fall 2018
Paper on Collective Entity Resolution (with Pigi Kouki) appearing in KAIS
Teaching Building Knowledge Graphs this semester
Area chair for the new AKBC conference
Top reviewer award for NIPS conference
Summer 2018
Attending the DARPA Causal Exploration PI Meeting
Organizing workshop on Statistical Relational AI at IJCAI/ICML in Stockholm
Attending the Federated AI Meetings and IJCAI in Stockholm
Attending the DARPA World Modelers PI Meeting
Presenting at the SIGMOD workshop on Data Science for Finance
Appointed Research Assistant Professor of CS at the USC Viterbi School
Spring 2018
Paper on Clustering with Aggregate Measures (with Johnnie Chang and Hung-Ju Chen) appeared at SysML conference
Paper on Aligning Product Categories (with Varun Embar) appeared at WSDM KBCOM workshop.


University of Maryland, College Park, 2010-2016
School of Computer Science
Ph.D. Computer Science
Thesis: Probabilistic Models for Scalable Knowledge Graph Construction

University of California, Santa Cruz, 2014-2015
Jack Baskin School of Engineering
Visiting Student

Carnegie Mellon University, 2014
Machine Learning Department
Visiting Research Scholar

Carnegie Mellon University, 2004-2005
School of Computer Science
M.S. Computer Science
Thesis: Understanding Feature Selection in Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Carnegie Mellon University, 2000-2004
School of Computer Science
B.S. Computer Science
Minors in Logic and Computation, Mathematical Science, and Robotics
Thesis: Machine Learning Classification of fMRI data
University Honors and College Honors

Carnegie Mellon University, 2001-2004
Carnegie Institute of Technology
B.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering
University Honors

Carnegie Mellon University, 2001-2004
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
B.S. Cognitive Science
University Honors


Outstanding Paper Award, Intelligent User Interfaces, 2019

Top Reviewer, Neural Information Processing Systems, 2018

Best Paper Award, Statistical Relational Learning Workshop, 2016

Outstanding Reviewer, International Joint Conference on AI, 2016

Best Student Paper Award, International Semantic Web Conference, 2013

Best Paper Award, Collaboration, Electronic Messaging, Anti-abuse, and Spam, 2011

Dean’s Fellowship Award, University of Maryland, College Park, 2010-2012

Yahoo! FREP Award, “Active Feature Acquisition”, Advisor: Martin Zinkevich, 2010-2012

Lemonade Stand Multi-agent Competition, 2nd place, 2009; 3rd place, 2010


University of Southern California, Marina del Rey, CA, 2017-
Research Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Research Lead & Keston Researcher in Residence, Information Sciences Institute

University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, 2017-
Research Consultant, Data, Discovery, Decisions Data Science Center

University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, 2016-2017
Postdoctoral Researcher, Jack Baskin School of Engineering

University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, 2016
Lecturer, Technology and Information Management

University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 2010-2016
Graduate Research Assistant, Artificial Intelligence

Google Inc., Mountain View, CA, 2014
Research Intern, Knowledge Vault Team

LinkedIn Corp., Mountain View, CA, 2012
Data Science Intern, Skills Team

Yahoo! Inc., (remote), 2010-2012
Data Scientist, Yahoo! Mail Antispam

Yahoo! Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, 2006-2010
Senior Software Engineer, Yahoo! Mail Antispam

Oracle Corp., Redwood Shores, CA, 2005-2006
Software Engineer, Business Intelligence

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2004
Graduate Research Assistant, Machine Learning

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2003
Research Programmer, Learning R&D Center

Internal Drive Corp., Stanford, CA, 2002
Camp Instructor, Game Programming & C++

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2001
Research Programmer, Robotics Institute