News


08
May
5/8/2017
Xiangliang Zhang has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in Computer Science. Xiangliang obtained her PhD in Computer Science from INRIA - Universite Paris Sud 11 in 2010 and was a Visiting Scientist at IBM before she joined KAUST as an Assistant Professor in 2011. Xiangliang’s research is in the field of machine learning and data mining, and she specializes in analyzing temporal data (for example, traffic data, or data involving movement of mobile phone users). She develops algorithms to more efficiently represent the knowledge found in raw data, and to analyze this data. Professor Zhang’s research collaborations include work with IBM on cloud computing, and work with the Red Sea Research Center at KAUST on the behavior of sea animals and on tracking plastic debris in seawater. She publishes in top journals such as IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering and Journal of Very Large Data Bases as well as in proceedings of top conferences such as KDD and AAAI. Xiangliang is also noted as a popular teacher who is very effective at combining both theory and practice in her courses.​
07
Apr
4/7/2017
MINE Lab has recently graduated two PhDs: Basma Al-Harbi and Ibrahim Alabdulmohsin. On March 7, 2017, Basma Al-Harbi successfully defended her PhD dissertation entitled "Latent Feature Models for Uncovering Human Mobility Patterns from Anonymized User Location Traces with Metadata". During PhD studies at MINE Lab, Basma published 1 KDD paper, 1 AAAI paper and 1 ICDM paper. Basma has joined King Abdulaziz University (KAU) as a Lecturer. 

Ibrahim Alabdulmohsin successfully defended his PhD dissertation entitled "Learning via Query Synthesis
"on April 9, 2017. During PhD studies at MINE Lab, Ibrahim published 6 papers including 1 Machine Learning Journal paper, 1 AAAI paper, 2 CIKM papers, 1 ECML/PKDD paper, and 1 ACML paper.  Ibrahim will join Saudi Aramco soon. 
11
May
5/11/2016
​On May 11, 2016, Abdulhakim Qahtan successfully defended his PhD dissertation entitled " Efficient Estimation of Dynamic Density Function with Applications in Streaming Data".  Abdulhakim will thus be the first PhD grad​uate at MINE Lab. During PhD studies at MINE Lab, Abdulhakim published 1 KDD paper, 1 AAAI paper, and 1 CIKM paper. In addition, he has 1 TKDE journal paper under revision.  Abdulhakim interned at Texas A M University during July-August 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Suojin Wang. He has been awarded 2015 SIGKDD Travel Award. Abdulhakim will join QCRI in Qatar as a Postdoctoral researcher.
06
Dec
12/6/2015
​Prof. Zhi-Hua Zhou visits our MINE Lab from Nov 29 to Dec 5. He gives a seminar on Dec 1. Prof. Zhi-Hua Zhou is a Professor and Founding director of the LAMDA Group in Nanjing University, China. Prof. Yuan Jiang from the LAMDA Group also visits our lab during the same period.

Prof. Wei Wang from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) visits our MINE Lab from Dec 7 to Dec 13. She gives a seminar on Dec 9. Prof. Wei Wang is a full professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of California, Los Angeles and the director of the Scalable Analytics Institute (ScAi). 

Three young scholars from Soochow University visit our MINE Lab from Nov 25 to Dec 2, including Prof. Guanfeng Liu, Prof. An Liu and Prof. Zhixu Li, who was a former group member in our MINE Lab from 2013 to 2014. They all give seminars (Guanfeng, An, Zhixu) during their visit. Currently, they are all associate professors in Soochow University, and members of the Advanced Data Analytics (ADA) research center. Our collaboration with ADA center is further enhanced. 
20
Nov
11/20/2015

Our project proposal is approved for funding by KAUST Competitive Research Grants Program. The title of the project is 'Extreme Classification of Complex Data with Applications to Multi-media and Recognition of Plastic Debris Floating in Seawater'. The award amount is US $1,291,198, for 3 years (starting in April 2016).

The team will include Prof. Xiangliang Zhang (PI), Prof. Carlos Duarte (Co-I), Prof. Patrick Gallinari (External Co-I, CNRS-University Pierre et Marie Curie), Prof. Jia Deng (External Co-I, University of Michigan), Dr. Samy Bengio (Google), and Dr. Mouhamadou Cisse (KAUST).

We are looking for highly motivated graduate students to join us!

Interested students please send applications to xiangliang.zhang@kaust.edu.sa.

19
Nov
11/19/2015
Prof. Chengqi Zhang visits our MINE Lab from Nov 21 to Dec 1. He gives a seminar on Nov 24. Prof. Chengqi Zhang is currently the Director of  Priority Investment Research Centre for Quantum Computation and Intelligent Systems, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia.
13
Nov
11/13/2015
Our ​paper entitled "Minimizing User Involvement for Learning Human Mobility Patterns from Location Traces" has been accepted by the 

the 30th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2016). AAAI a permier conference in AI area. This year, the acceptance rate is 549/2132=25.7%​. Congrats to our lab members Basma and Abdulhakim!

13
May
5/13/2015
Our ​paper entitled "A PCA-Based Change Detection Framework for Multidimensional Data Streams" has been accepted by the 21st ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD 2015). KDD is a permier conference in Data Mining area. This year, the acceptance rate is 159/819=19.4%​. Congrats to our lab members Abdulhakim and Basma!
09
Nov
11/9/2014
Our ​paper entitled 'Efficient Active Learning of Halfspaces via Query Synthesis' has been accepted by the Twenty-Ninth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2015) as a regular paper. This year, the acceptance rate is 531/1991=26.7%​.
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12
Oct
10/12/2014
Dr. Moustapha Cissé joins the MINE Lab as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Moustapha earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Pierre and Marie Curie University (University of Paris 6 - UPMC), France, in 2014.​​
05
Aug
8/5/2014
Su Wang joins the MINE Lab as a Ph.D. student. Su received his B.S. degree in Information Science & Electronic Engineering from Zhejiang University, China, in 2014.
12
Mar
3/12/2014
Our ​paper entitled 'Maximum Error-bounded Piecewise Linear Representation for Online Stream Approximation' is accepted by The VLDB Journal. 
08
Mar
3/8/2014
Prof. Xiaofang Zhou visits our MINE Lab for ten days and gives a talk entitled 'Big Trajectory Data: from fundamentals to performance'.  Prof. Xiaofang Zhou is currently a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, and Head of Data Engineering and Pattern Recognition Research Division at UQ. Prof. Zhou is  also a specially appointed Adjunct Professor under the Chinese National Qianren Scheme hosted by Renmin University of China (2010-2013), and by Soochow University since July 2013 where he leads the Research Center.
25
Nov
11/25/2013
Our ​paper entitled 'TideWatch: Fingerprinting the Cyclicality of Big Data Workloads' has been accepted by the 33rd Annual IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM 2014) as a regular paper (main conference). This year, the acceptance rate of regular paper is 320/1645=19.4%. This paper is another result of our joint work with IBM T.J. Watson Research Center​ under the support of KAUST - IBM joint project (LIQUIDx). Congrats to Shuai, a former student in our group, and to Dan and Hani, our collaborators at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.  Another paper from our PhD student Basma Alharbi has been accepted by ACM SAC 2014. ​Congrats to Basma!
24
Nov
11/24/2013
Prof. Chengqi Zhang visits our MINE Lab for one week and gives two talks.  Prof. Chengqi Zhang is currently the Director of Priority Investment Research Centre for Quantum Computation and Intelligent Systems, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia.
26
Jul
7/26/2013

Our paper has been accepted by IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE).

18
Jun
6/18/2013
Dr. Zhixu Li joined the MINE Lab as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Zhixu earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Queensland, Australia, in 2013. Zhixu visited us​ as a visiting Ph.D. student in November 2012. 
08
May
5/8/2013
Basmah Altaf joins the MINE Lab as a Ph.D. student. Basmah successfully completed her Master's thesis defense in our Lab on May 8. Congratulations!​
10
Mar
3/10/2013
Xiangliang was invited to give a talk at the conference on 'Big Data Systems, Applications, and Privacy'​ hosted by New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE, during Mar 10 - 11, 2013. 
03
Mar
3/3/2013
Prof. Jie Tang visited our MINE Lab for two weeks and gave a talk.  Prof. Jie Tang is currently an associate professor in Tsinghua University, China​.​​​
08
Feb
2/8/2013
Dr. Qing Xie joined us as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Qing earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Queensland, Australia, in 2012.
03
Feb
2/3/2013
Dr. Žliobaitė visited our MINE Lab for 6 days and gave a talk in our division. Dr. Žliobaitė  is currently a Lecturer at Bournemouth University, UK. 
23
Dec
12/23/2012
Dr. Haixun Wang visited our MINE Lab for a week and gave a seminar. Dr. Wang is currently a Senior Researcher in Microsoft Research Asia​.​​​
11/15/2012
This special issue of Mathematics in Computer Science invites submissions of original research articles on the exploration of new mathematical theories and methodologies for data modeling and analysis, and knowledge discovery and management, on the study of existing mathematical models of big data and complex knowledge, and on the development of novel solutions and strategies to enhance the performance of existing systems and mechanisms for data and knowledge processing. 
25
Sep
9/25/2012
​MINE members made a number of international scientific visits for collaborative research. Prof. Zhang visited Prof. Benjamin Fung at Concordia University and Prof. Gang Hua at Stevens Institute of Technology in August. Abdulhakim Qathan interned in the research group of Prof. Suojin Wang at TAMU University during June - August. Shuai Zheng attended KDD conference and the Summer school in August. Dr. Hai Huang visited Dr. Haixun Wang at Microsoft Research Asia in August. Dr. Hengjie Song visited Baidu Inc. during September - October, and Dr. Faisal Kamiran visited Université Libre de Bruxelles in December. 
19
Sep
9/19/2012
We have two papers accepted by the 12th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM 2012). ICDM is one of the top conferences in Data Mining. This year, the acceptance rate of ICDM is 151/756=19.97%. ​​​​
01
Jun
6/1/2012
Our Innovation Award Proposal 'Some Highly Collaborative Research Problems in Statistical Machine Learning and Uncertainty Quantification' has been accepted and approved by Texas AM University. This one-year Innovation Award starts in June 2012 and sponsors our collaborative research with Prof. Suojin Wang at TAMU.​
08
May
5/8/2012
Prof. Suojin Wang visits our MINE Lab (May 8 - June 14, 2012). Prof. Wang is a Professor of Statistics at Texas A M University​. His visit will reinforce our joint research in statistics and machine learning. ​
07
Apr
4/7/2012
Prof. Cécile Germain-Renaud visited our MINE Lab for one week and gave a talk.  Cécile is a full Professor in Université Paris-Sud 11, France. She is an expert in Autonomic Computing, Grid and Cloud Computing. Her visit enforces our research collaboration in Cloud Computing.
04
Apr
4/4/2012
Dr. Faisal Kamiran joined us as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Faisal earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from  Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, in 2011​. His arrival enforces our research in data mining.​​
29
Mar
3/29/2012
Our paper entitled 'Automatic Label Generation by Combining Mouse Trajectory and Click-Through Data' has been accepted for the AI and the Web track at the Twenty-Sixth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2012). AAAI is a premier conference in Artificial Intelligence. This year, the acceptance rate of AAAI is 294/1129=26%. ​​
27
Feb
2/27/2012
Dr. Hengjie Song joined us as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Hengjie​ was a senior researcher in Baidu after he completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore​. His arrival enforces our research in semantic search engine, web mining and social networks. ​​
29
Jan
1/29/2012
​Dr. Hai Huang joined us as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Hai earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, in 2011. His arrival enforces our research in databases, data mining and cloud computing. ​​​​​​​
25
Jan
1/25/2012
The website of our MINE Lab is launched. The new website will be a dynamic platform to present our latest news, activities and research. 
29
Nov
11/29/2011
Shuai has won an Academic Excellence Award (AEA) worth $6000 US dollars. The award was based on his excellent performance on research. Only the top 15% who satisfy the minimum criteria have the opportunity to win the award.
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01
Nov
11/1/2011
 Prof. Zhang visited Dr. Haixun Wang at M​icrosoft Research Asia (1-12 November). ​
01
Nov
11/1/2011
Our ​paper entitled ''Virtual Machine Migration in an Over-committed Cloud'' has been accepted by 13th IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS 2012)​​ as a long technical paper. This year, the acceptance rate is 55/210=26.2%. This paper is a result of our joint work with IBM T.J. Watson Research Center​ ​
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29
Sep
9/29/2011
Our KAUST-IBM Joint research proposal entitled ''LIQUIDx - An Elasticity Framework for High Performance Computing Clouds'' has been approved for funding by KAUST Global Collaborative Research (GCR). Prof. Zhang is PI at KAUST (with PI Dr. Hani Jamjoom at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center​). ​
18
Aug
8/18/2011
Prof. Zhang recently visited Prof. Jianhua Huang at the Department of Statistics, Texas A M University (1 week research visit) to foster collaborative research in machine learning and statistics.​ ​
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28
Jun
6/28/2011
Prof. Zhang visited the 'Cloud Platforms and Transformation' group at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center  (July-August). The purpose of the visit was to perform joint research with the group in high performance computing and cloud management.