About Me

Dominic Seyler


Hi! I am a Ph.D. candidate in the computer science department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where I am part of the Text Information Management and Analysis Group. My advisor is Prof. ChengXiang Zhai.

My general research interests are at the intersection of Natural Language Processing, Information Retrieval, Machine Learning and Privacy/Security. My research focuses on modeling and understanding abusive user behavior on social media and underground forums, especially related to textual user data. To fight this abuse, I build ML systems that measure, monitor and mitigate illicit user activity. For example, I created the DarkJargon.net online resource for understanding underground communication with latent meaning.

As part of my research journey I have published work in text classification and retrieval, domain-adaptation, personalization, information extraction and knowledge bases.


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August 2016 – 2021 (tentative):
Ph.D. student in Computer Science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

April 2013 – October 2015:
M.Sc. in Computer Science at Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany

October 2009 – February 2013:
B.Sc. in Applied Computer Science at University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern, Germany

Research Experience

May 2020 – September 2020:
Research Intern – Applied Privacy Research

May 2019 – May 2020:
Researcher (part-time) – Machine Learning and NLP

May 2018 – August 2018:
Baidu Research USA
Research Intern – Big Data Lab

May 2017 – December 2017:
IBM Research
Research Intern – Cognitive User Experience Lab

June 2013 – June 2016:
Max Planck Institute for Informatics
Research Assistant – Databases and Information Systems Department

Teaching Experience

Spring 2018:
CS 410: Text Information Systems (Prof. ChengXiang Zhai)
Teaching Assistant

Fall 2017:
CS 510: Advanced Information Retrieval (Prof. ChengXiang Zhai)
Teaching Assistant


2021: Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC)

2020: ACM SIGIR International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR) (Program Committee)

2020: ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM)

2019 & 2020: IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering

2018 & 2019: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems

2017 & 2018: Semantic Web journal

Honors and Awards

SIGIR Travel Grant (awarded by the Association for Computing Machinery)

SIGIR Travel Grant (awarded by the Association for Computing Machinery)

Computer Science Excellence Fellowship (awarded by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)