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Xiaotao Gu



I am a senior student from the Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University. With intense curiosity and interest in problems regarding Machine Learning and Data Mining, I am a member of the Knowledge Engineering Group (KEG) of Tsinghua University, supervised by Professor Jie Tang. During my visit at Cornell University in summer 2016, I worked with Professor Thorsten Joachims and his group on Counterfactual Learning problems.

I’m obsessed with open problems on information and knowledge discovery, especially from unstructured data, with machine learning and NLP methods, along with learning problems related to human decisions.

I am joining Professor Jiawei Han’s group in UIUC from fall 2017. Please feel free to email me about any interesting topics!


Web User Profiling using Data Redundancy
Xiaotao Gu, Hong Yang, Jie Tang*, Jing Zhang
The 2016 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM’16) [13.6%]. August 18-21, San Francisco, 2016

Large-scale Validation of Counterfactual Learning Methods: A Test-Bed,
D. Lefortier and A. Swaminathan and X. Gu and T. Joachims and M. de Rijke NIPS Workshop on “Inference and Learning of Hypothetical and Counterfactual Interventions in Complex Systems”, 2016.


Scholar Gender Prediction
We developed a coarse toy for gender inference based on name and affiliation. Using Google results only, we easily outperform traditional ways, where an existing name list for each gender is used. Thanks Hong for setting up the web page. Have fun and welcome to send me bug reports!

Download and parse Google search page in batch, python package.


2017.8 - present

PhD Student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, supervised by Professor Jiawei Han

2016.9 - 2017.1
Teaching Assistant, Tsinghua University
2016.7 - 2016.9
Research Intern, Cornell University, working with Professor Thorsten Joachims
2015.6 - 2015.8
Engineering Internship, Yitu Corporation
2013.9 - 2017.6
Knowledge Engineering Group, Tsinghua University, supervised by Professor Jie Tang