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Ph.D. Candidate in

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Pennsylviania State University

Advisor: Professor Prasenjit Mitra

Resume (PDF)

Email: xiazhang@cse.psu.edu

About Me:

I received my bachelar's degree from School of Computer Science and Technology in Harbin Institute of Technology in July 2006. Then I came to Penn State to pursue Ph.D. Degree in Department of Computer and Engineering. The Chinese character of my first name (Xiao) means “deep and clear water”.

Project and Research:

My research interest lies in Text Data Mining, Information Retrieval and Databases. I'm now participating the GeoCAM project (a project of GeoVISTA center) and designed and implemented one of the core components (route parts extraction and classification) of GeoCAM system. I focus on extraction and interpretation of accounts of movements in text documents. To be more specific, I am working on sentence level and term level route information extraction and classification, sequence labeling and semi-supervised learning to improve extraction accuracy.

In my first year, I did research in Databases. I focused on query processing and optimization in wireless broadcast environment.


Xiao Zhang, Baojun Qiu, Prasenjit Mitra, Sen Xu, Alexander Klippel, Alan, MacEachren, Disambiguating Road Names in Text Route Descriptions using Exact-All-Hop Shortest Path Algorithm, in proceedings of the European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2012) (to appear)

Xiao Zhang, Prasenjit Mitra, Alexander Klippel, Alan, MacEachren, Automatic Extraction of Destinations, Origins and Route Parts from Human Generated Route Directions, the sixth international conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 2010) (PDF) (Presentation in Zurich, Switzerland on Sept. 17, 2010. pdf version)

Xiao Zhang, Prasenjit Mitra, Learning Topical Transition Probabilities in Click Through Data with Regression Models, WebDB 2010 (PDF)

Xiao Zhang, Prasenjit Mitra, Sen Xu, Anuj R. Jaiswal, Alex Klippel, Alan MacEachren, Extracting Route Directions from Web Pages, WebDB 2009 (PDF).

Xiao Zhang, Wang-Chien Lee, Prasenjit Mitra, Baihua Zheng, Processing Transitive Nearest Neighbor Queries in Multi-channel Access Environment, In Proceedings of EDBT 2008. (PDF) (Presentation in Nantes, France on March 28th, 2008 ppt version, pptx version)

Alan M. MacEachren, Anuj Jaiswal, Anthony C. Robinson, Scott Pezanowski, Alexander Savelyev, Presenjit Mitra, Xiao Zhang and Justine Blanford, SensePlace2: GeoTwitter Analytics Support for Situational Awareness. In IEEE Conference on Visual Analytics Science and Technology (IEEE VAST) 2011, to appear.

Alexander Klippel, Alan MacEachren, Prasenjit Mitra, Ian Turton, Xiao Zhang, Anuj Jaiswal, Kean Soon, Jared Oyler and Rui Li, Geographic Analysis of Linguistically Encoded Movement Patterns - A Contextualized Perspective. In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 2008)

Xu, S., Jaiswal, A., Zhang, X., Klippel, A., Mitra, P. and MacEachren, A. 2010: From Data Collection to Analysis - Exploring Regional Linguistic Variation in Route Directions by Spatially-Stratified Web Sampling In Proceedings of the Workshop on Computational Models of Spatial Language Interpretation at Spatial Cognition 2010, Mt. Hood/Portland, Oregon, USA, 49-52.

Xu, S., Klippel, A., MacEachren, A.M., Mitra, P., Turton, I., Zhang, X. and Jaiswal, A. 2010: Exploring regional variation in spatial language - a case study on spatial orientation with spatially stratified web-sampled documents. In Rapp, D.N., editor, Spatial Cognition 2010. Poster Presentations (SFB/TR 8 Report No. 024-07/2010): Bremen / Freiburg, 91-94.

Professional Experiences:

Internship in Google, at Google HQ in Mountain View, CA, from May 18 - Aug. 20, 2010. Working in Index Team. Doing projects on data modeling, clustering and classification

Internship in Facebook, at Facebook HQ in Palo Alto, CA in summer 2009. Worked in Facebook Search Team. Built filters for Stream Search results. Code changes now in product.

Internship in Microsoft Research Asia, at MSRA Beijing in summer 2008. Worked in Web Search and Data Mining group with Dr. Xing Xie. Did explorative work in traffic monitoring and modelling.

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