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Ya Zhang


Ya Zhang Special Professor
SEIEE Buildings 5-419
Shanghai Jiaotong University,
800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai 200240, China
Tel: 86-21-34204468


   Ya Zhang received her B.S. degree from Tsinghua University, China in 2000, and Ph.D. degree in Information Sciences and Technology from the Pennsylvania State University in 2005. Since March 2010, she has been a specialprofessor in Department of Electrical Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Prior to that, she worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a research assistant, at University of Kansas as a tenure-track assistant professor, and at Yahoo! Labs as a search relevance scientist and a research engineer manager. Her research interest is mainly on data mining andmachine learningtechniques with applications to information retrieval, web mining, social network analysis, and multimedia information processing.

Dr. Zhang has publishedover 30 journal and conference articleswith more than 500 citations and has 2 awarded US patents. Her research is supported by multiple national and state research grants, including National Natural Science Foundation of China´╝îNational SignificantScience and Technology Projects, The High Technology Research and Development Program of China.She is also a Co-Principle Investigator in the SJTU-NUS CREATE programme supported by Singapore National Research Foundation.Dr. Zhang is a recipient of Shanghai Science and Technology Rising Star Program and Shanghai Talent Development Fund.

  1. Shanghai Science and Technology Rising Star,2011
  2. Shanghai Talent Development Fund, 2011
  3. Best Paper Award, Yahoo Search Science Quarterly, 2009
  4. Best Paper Award, IEEE CVPR Workshop on CVMB, 2005
  5. Best Paper Award Nomination, AMIA Annual Symposium, 2002
Research Areas
  1. Data mining
  2. Machine learning
  3. Information retrieval
  4. Web Mining
  5. Multimedia information processing
  6. Social network analysis
Selected Publications 
  1. K. Shen, J. Wu, Y. Zhang, Y. Han, X. Yang, and L. Song, "Reorder User's Tweets", ACM TIST, vol.4(1), 2013,
  2. W. Cai, Y. Zhang, "Variance Maximization via Noise Injection for Active Sampling in Learning to Rank", in Proc. of the 21th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM'12), 2012.
  3. Z. Yin, Y. Zhang, "Measuring Pair-wise Social Influence in Microblog", in Proc. of the Fourth IEEE International conference on Social Computing (SocialCom'12), 2012.
  4. B. Long, O. Chapelle, Y. Zhang, Y. Chang, Z. Zheng, B. Tseng, "Active Learning for Ranking through Expected Loss Optimization", in Proceeding of the 33rd international ACM SIGIR conference on Research and development in information retrieval (SIGIR2010), 2010, pp.267-274.
  5. O. Chapelle, D. Metzler, Y. Zhang, P. Grinspan, "Expected Reciprocal Rank for Graded Relevance", in Proc. of the Ninth International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM), 2009, 621-630.
  6. O. Chapelle and Y. Zhang, "A Dynamic Bayesian Network Click Model for Web Search Ranking", in Proc. of the 18th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW), 2009, pp. 1-10.
  7. Y. Zhang, H. Zha, C. Chu, and X. Ji, "Towards Inferring Protein Interactions: Challenges and Solutions", EURASIP Journal on Applied Signal Processing 2006 (2006), Article ID 37349, 14 pages.
  8. Y. Zhang, C. H. Chu, Y. Chen, H. Zha, and X. Ji, "Splice Site Prediction Using Support Vector Machines with a Bayes Kernel", Expert Systems with Applications, (special issue on Intelligent Bioinformatics Systems), 30(1):73-81, 2006. 
Books and Patents
  1. Method and appartus for using B measures to learn balanced relevance functions from expert and user judgments. K. Chen, Y. Zhang, Z. Zheng, H. Zha and G. Sun, US patent 7,685,078.
  2. Identifying Regional Sensitive Queries in Web Search. Y. Zhang, S. Vadrevu, B. Tseng, G. Sun, and X. Li, US patent 7,949,672.
  1. EE346: Digital Image Processing, Spring 2012

  2. EE208:Introduction to Electric and Electronic Engineering(C), Fall 2012

Active Grants & Projects (selective)
  1. Active learning for Search Ranking, China NSF, 2011.1-2013.12.
  2. Shanghai Science and Technology Rising Star, Shanghai Science and Technology Committee, China, 2011.4-2013.3
  3. Shanghai Talent Development Fund, Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Human Resources and Social Security, China, 2011.1-2013.12
  1. Associate Editor for Source Code for Biology and Medicine, 2010


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