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Yongfeng Zhang

Assistant Professor
Office Hours: 

Fridays 2:00pm-4:00pm

Research Area: 
Machine Learning and Data Mining
Recommendation Systems
Information Retrieval
Economics of Data Science

Department of Computer Science
Rutgers The State University of New Jersey
110 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8019


My research area is in Machine Learning and Data Mining, Recommendation Systems and Information Retrieval, and Economics of Data Science. My recent research interest spans around the intersection of machine learning, IR, and computational economics. In particular, 1) Explainable Machine Learning algorithms for Recommendation and Search systems; 2) Economics of the Web – integrating and analyzing economic theories in web-based systems such as recommendation, search, and sharing economy; 3) Conversational search, recommendation, and QA sysetms based on interactive interfaces.

In the previous I was a postdoc in CIIR at UMass Amherst working with Prof. W. Bruce Croft, and did my PhD and BE in Computer Science at Tsinghua University, with a BS in Economics at Peking Univeristy. I am a Siebel Scholar of the class 2015, and a Baidu Scholar of the class 2014.

Awards & Distinctions: 
2018 Best Professor Award by CSGSS for Teaching and Mentoring
2018 Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM) Best PC Member Award
2017 Asia Information Retrieval Societies (AIRS) Best Paper Award
2017 CAAI Best PhD Dissertation Award
2016 Tsinghua University Academic Rising Star
2016 Excellent PhD Dissertation of Tsinghua Univeristy
2015 Microsoft PhD Fellowship
2014 Siebel Scholar
2014 Baidu Scholar
2014-2015 IBM International PhD Fellowship
2012 Google Scholarship
Personal News: 

2018-03 We are organizing the 1st International Workshop on ExplainAble Recommendation and Search (EARS 2018) on July 12, to be co-located with SIGIR 2018 at Ann Arbor Michigan. For information and call for papers, please visit