Yiren Wang

Office: Room 2107, Siebel Center
Email: yiren AT

I’m a Ph.D. student (starting 2016) in Computer Science at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. I’m a member of the Text Information Management and Analysis (TIMAN) group, supervised by Professor ChengXiang Zhai.

My research interests are at the intersection of text mining, natural language processing and machine learning.


Yiren Wang, Fei Tian, “Recurrent Residual Learning for Sequence Classification”, Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing, 2016 [PDF] [Poster] [source]


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D. Student in Computer Science,   August 2016 — Present
– Supervised by Prof. ChengXiang Zhai
– Interested in text mining, natural language processing and machine learning

Tsinghua University (Beijing, China)
B.Eng. in Electronic Engineering,   August 2012 — July 2016
– Coursework: Stochastic Processes, Databases, Digital Signal Processing, Signal and Systems, Digital Image Processing, OOP

Research Experiences

Microsoft Research Asia
Research Intern in Machine Learning Group,   November 2015 — June 2016
– Mentored by Lead Researcher Tao Qin
– Developed and applied deep learning techniques for natural language processing tasks

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Summer Research Intern in CS Department,   July 2015 — August 2015
– Supervised by Professor ChengXiang Zhai
– Mined scholarly big data with a probabilistic approach on citation graph

Honors and Awards

  • July 2016,   Tsinghua Excellent Undergraduate Student
  • October 2015,   Tsinghua – Hengda Scholarship
  • March 2015,   Meritorious Winner in American Mathematical Contest in Modeling
  • October 2014,   Tsinghua – Tecent Innovation Scholarship