Yikun Xian

About Me

I am a PhD candidate in Computer Science at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. I am fortunate to have S. Muthukrishnan as my advisor. I am also co-advised by Yongfeng Zhang and work closely with Gerard de Melo. I am on the job market now.

My research interests lie in the interface of Machine Learning and Information Retrieval with specific focus on

  • Machine Learning: Graph Representation Learning, Knowledge Graph Reasoning, Neural Symbolic Reasoning, Deep Reinforcement Learning
  • Information Retrieval: Explainable Recommendation, Conversational Recommendation, User Behavior Modeling, Schema Matching

Education

  • Ph.D in Computer Science, Rutgers University, 2015 - 2021 (expected)
  • M.S. in Software Engineering, Tongji University, 2012 - 2015
  • B.S. in Software Engineering, Tongji University, 2008 - 2012

Work Experience

  • Amazon, Seattle, WA
    • Applied Scientist Intern at Product Graph team, Jun. 2020 - Aug. 2020
  • Adobe Research, San Jose, CA
    • Research Intern, Jun. 2019 - Aug. 2019
    • Part-time Research Intern, Sept. 2017 - Feb. 2018, Sept. 2019 - Feb. 2020
  • Google, Mountain View, CA
    • PhD Software Engineer Intern at Ads team, June. 2018 - Aug. 2018
  • Cisco, San Jose, CA
    • Data Science Intern, Jun. 2017 - Aug. 2017

Academic Service

  • PC Member & Reviewer
    • Journal: TOIS 20’
    • Conference: SIGIR 21’, RecSys 21’, NAACL 21’, AAAI 21’, NeurIPS 20’, EMNLP 20’, CIKM 20’, SIGIR 20’, AACL 20’, ECML-PKDD 20’, WWW 20’, ECIR 20’, RecSys 19’
    • Workshop: SIGIR/EARS 20’, UbiComp/CML-IOT 20’, SIGIR/EARS 19’

Tutorial

  • Tutorial on Conversational Recommender Systems, WSDM 2021
  • Tutorial on Conversational Recommender Systems, IUI 2021
  • Tutorial on Conversational Recommender Systems, RecSys 2020 [paper][link]

Teaching

  • Teaching Assistant
    • CS344 (Design and Analysis of Computer Algorithms), 2017 Fall, 2018 Spring
    • CS112 (Data Structures), 2016 Fall, 2017 Spring

Awards

  • CIKM 2020 Student Travel Award
  • SIGIR 2020 Student Travel Award
  • SIGIR 2019 Student Travel Award