Yizhou Sun

Assistant Professor

Current Research Projects

  • Mining and Exploring Heterogeneous Information Networks with Social Factors (NSF CAREER #1453800)
  • Mining Big Heterogeneous Networks: Scalable Parallel Algorithms and Effective Scheduling (with Mirek Riedewald, Ningfang Mi, and Brooke Foucault Welles, Northeastern TIER I)

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


  • BS in Computer Science and Statistics | Peking University
  • MS in Signal and Information Processing | Peking University
  • PhD in Computer Science | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Yizhou Sun is an assistant professor in the College of Computer and Information Science of Northeastern University. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012.

Her principal research interest is in mining information and social networks, and more generally in data mining, database systems, statistics, machine learning, information retrieval, and network science, with a focus on modeling novel problems and proposing scalable algorithms for large-scale, real-world applications.

Yizhou has over 60 publications in books, journals, and major conferences. Tutorials based on her thesis work on mining heterogeneous information networks have been given in several premier conferences, including EDBT 2009, SIGMOD 2010, KDD 2010, ICDE 2012, VLDB 2012, and ASONAM 2012. A monograph based on her research, “Mining Heterogeneous Information Networks: Principles and Methodologies,” was published in 2012.

Yizhou has organized workshops of mining heterogeneous information networks in KDD’13, IJCAI’13 and IJCAI’15 as co-chairs. She has served as program committee member of many prestigious conferences in data mining and machine learning area, such as KDD, ICML, WWW, NIPS, ICDM, AAAI, WSDM, CIKM, IJCAI, SDM, IJCNLP, ASONAM, PAKDD and so on.

She received 2012 ACM SIGKDD Best Student Paper Award, 2013 ACM SIGKDD Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2013 Yahoo ACE (Academic Career Enhancement) Award, and 2015 NSF CAREER Award.

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