Zhiyuan Cheng

Software Engineer
Social-Interaction Research Team
Google Research
E-mail:
zcheng AT google.com


[Bio] [Research] [Professional Experience] [Publications] [Awards] [Professional Activities] [Teaching]

Short Biography

Currently, Zhiyuan Cheng works in the social-interaction research team led by Dr. Ed Chi under Google Research in Mountain View, California. He finished his Ph.D. in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. He worked on spatio-temporal analysis and mining in Internet-scale social media data and web corpus in Infolab directed by Dr. James Caverlee.

Before joining in graduate school, Zhiyuan completed his bachelor's degree from School of Computer Science and Engineering at Beihang University in July, 2009. He finished his undergraduate thesis on graph mining and frequent itemset mining in IPV6 group directed by Dr. Ke Xu.


Research Interests
  • Context-Aware Data Analytics and Mining in Social Media.
  • Web-Scale Data Management.

Professional Experience
  • Software Engineer, Social-Interaction Research, Google Research, Oct, 2013 - present.
  • Improved Google+'s user interest models, and content recommenders.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Infolab, Texas A&M University Sep, 2009 - Oct, 2013.
  • Focused on methods and algorithms toward geo-social information systems.
  • Intern, Zipit quality team (Social Infrastructure), Google, May - Aug, 2012.
  • Developed engines to detect coordinated review rating spam.
  • Intern, Machine Learning Group (mentor: Dr. Wai Gen Yee -- chief scientist), Orbitz, Jun - Aug, 2011.
  • Designed and developed natural-language based hotel search system.
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, IPV6 Group, Beihang University, Jun, 2008 - Jun, 2009.
  • Implemented gApprox algorithm to mine frequent subgraphs from AS-level (Autonomous System) topology.

Publications  [DBLP, Google Scholar]

Professional Activities

Tech Talks

  • Location Prediction in Social Media Based on Tie Strength. ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM), San Francisco, CA, Sep, 2013.
  • How Big is the Crowd? Event and Location Based Population Modeling in Social Media. ACM conference on Hypertext and hypermedia (HT), Paris, France, May 2013.
  • Location Sharing: Opportunities and Challenges. Facebook, Palo Alto, Nov 2012.
  • Public Checkins versus Private Queries: Measuring and Evaluating Spatial Preference. ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Location-Based Social Networks (LBSN), Redondo Beach, Nov, 2012.
  • Toward Traffic-Driven Location Based Web Search. ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM), Glasgow, Oct, 2011.
  • Spatio-temporal Data Mining with On-line Social Network Data. Orbitz IDEAS Tech Talk Series, Chicago, Jul, 2011.
  • Exploring Millions of Footprints in Location Sharing Services (video). AAAI International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM), Barcelona, Jul, 2011.
  • You Are Where You Tweet: A Content-Based Approach to Geo-locating Twitter Users (slides). ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM), Toronto, Oct, 2010.

Benchmark Dataset

  • Geo-tagged Hashtag Dataset: Co-leader of the collection and release of the geo-tagged hashtag dataset in Twitter. Available at http://infolab.tamu.edu/data/
  • Location Sharing Service Dataset: Leader of the collection and release of the location sharing service dataset which includes 22 millions of check-ins. Available at http://infolab.tamu.edu/data/
  • Twitter User-generated Content Dataset: Co-leader of the collection and release of the user-generated content dataset in Twitter. Available at http://infolab.tamu.edu/data/

Program Committee Member in:

  • International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM) (2012, 2014)

Reviewer in:

  • Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI) (2014)
  • ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2014)
  • IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM 2013)
  • International Conference in the RIAO series (OAIR 2013)
  • International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM 2013)
  • Joint Conference On Digital Libraries (JCDL 2012, 2013)
  • The Journal of the Cartography and Geographic Information Science (2012)
  • AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2012)
  • ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2012, 2013)
  • 20th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2011, WWW 2012)
  • IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE) (2012, 2013)
  • World Wide Web Journal (WWWJ) (2011)
  • GeoJournal (2011)
  • Transactions in GIS (2011)
  • European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2011)
  • ACM Transactions of Internet Technology (TOIT) (2010)
  • ACM Transactions on the Web (TWeb) (2010)
  • International Conference on Cooperative Information Systems 2010 (CoopIS 2010)

Other Activities

  • Volunteer in 17th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2008), Beijing, China, Apr, 2008.


Teaching Experience

  • Teaching assistant, worked with Dr. James Caverlee, in CSCE 470 Information Retrieval - undergraduate level course offered (Sep, 2010 - Dec, 2010).
  • Teaching assistant, worked with Dr. Walter Daugherity, in CSCE 121 Introduction Program Design Concepts - undergraduate level course (Jan, 2010 - May, 2010).
  • Teaching assistant, worked with Dr. James Caverlee, in CSCE 470 Information Retrieval - undergraduate level course (Sep, 2009 - Dec, 2009).


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