Tong XUͯ

  Ph.D, Postdoctoral Researcher

  Lab of Semantic Computing and Data Mining
School of Computer Science and Technology
University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)


Room 207, Science and Technology Laboratory Building, West Campus,
USTC, Hefei, Anhui, China, 230027

[Education & Experience]            [Honors & Awards]            [Publications]            [Projects & Services]            [CV]            [Data Sets]

Tong Xu is a Postdoctoral Researcher at School of Computer Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China. He received the Ph.D degree of Computer Science in Jul. 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Enhong Chen. Before that, he once stayed as a visiting student co-supervised by Prof. Hui Xiong at Management Science and Information Systems Department of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. His research interests include Social Network & Media Analysis, Mobile Computing, Recommender System and other data mining related techniques.


Sep. 2010 ~ Jul. 2016

Ph.D Student, School of Computer Science and Technology, USTC, China.

Sep. 2013 ~ Sep. 2014

Visiting Student, MSIS, Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University, USA.

Sep. 2006 ~ Jun. 2010

B.S Student, Department of Mathematics, Zhejiang University, China.
Major: Information and Computing Science
Minor: Public Administration, Cho Kochen Honor College

Aug. 2009 ~ Nov. 2009

Exchange Student, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Industrial Experience

  • Senior Visiting Scholar, Baidu Inc., Beijing, China, Aug. 2017 ~

  • Research Intern, Nokia Research Center GEL, Beijing, China, Aug. 2011 ~ Dec. 2012

  • Development Engineer, Alibaba (China) Technology Co., Ltd., Hangzhou, China, Mar. 2010 ~ Aug. 2010

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Assistant, Concrete Mathematics (CS0610101, for graduate students in USTC), Spring, 2015

  • Teaching Assistant, Seminar on Advanced Data Mining Technology (CS06217, for graduate students in USTC), Spring, 2013

Honors & Awards

  • 2016, ACM (Hefei) Doctoral Dissertation Award

  • 2016, KDD 2016 Student Travel Award

  • 2015, SDM 2015 Student Travel Award

  • 2013, Tencent Innovation Scholarship, Grand Prize

  • 2013, Scholarship granted by China Scholarship Council

  • 2011, Third Prize in the 1st National Data-Mining Competition

  • 2010, Excellent Freshman Scholarship of USTC

  • 2010, Excellent Graduate Award of Zhejiang University


Conference Papers

  1. Xiangyu Zhao, Tong Xu, Yanjie Fu, Enhong Chen, and Hao Guo, Incorporating Spatio-Temporal Smoothness for Air Quality Inference, In Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM'17), New Orleans, LA, USA, 2017, Accepted.

  2. Le Zhang, Tianyuan Jin, Tong Xu*, Biao Chang, Zhefeng Wang and Enhong Chen, A Markov Chain Monte Carlo Approach for Source Detection in Networks, In Proceedings of Sixth National Conference on Social Media Processing (SMP'17), Beijing, China, 2017, Accepted.

  3. Dongfang Du, Hao Wang, Tong Xu*, Yanan Lu, Qi Liu, Enhong Chen, Solving Link-oriented Tasks in Signed Network via an Embedding Approach, In Proceedings of the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC'17), Banff, Canada, 2017, Accepted.

  4. Qi Liu, Guifeng Wang, Hongke Zhao, Chuanren Liu, Tong Xu, Enhong Chen, Enhancing Campaign Design in Crowdfunding: A Product Supply Optimization Perspective, In Proceedings of the 26th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI'17), Melbourne, Australia, 2017, 695-702. [PDF]

  5. Zhen Pan, Qi Liu, Tong Xu, Enhong Chen, Haiping Ma, Hongjie Lin, Sparse Factorization Machines for Click-through Rate Prediction, In Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM'16), Barcelona, Spain, 2016, 400-409. [PDF]

  6. Tong Xu, Hengshu Zhu, Xiangyu Zhao, Qi Liu, Hao Zhong, Enhong Chen, Hui Xiong, Taxi Driving Behavior Analysis in Latent Vehicle-to-Vehicle Networks: A Social Influence Perspective, In Proceedings of the 22nd ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD'16), San Francisco, CA, USA, 2016, 1285-1294. [PDF][Slides]

  7. Xiangyu Zhao, Tong Xu*, Qi Liu, Hao Guo, Exploring the Choice under Conflict for Social Event Participation, In Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Database Systems for Advanced Applications (DASFAA'16), Dallas, TX, USA, 2016, 396-411. [PDF][Slides]

  8. Guangyi Lv, Tong Xu, Enhong Chen, Qi Liu, Yi Zheng, Reading the Videos: Temporal Labeling for Crowdsourced Time-Sync Videos based on Semantic Embedding, In Proceedings of the Thirtieth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI'16), Phoenix, AZ, USA, 2016, 3000-3006. [PDF][Slides]

  9. Tong Xu, Hao Zhong, Hengshu Zhu, Hui Xiong, Enhong Chen, Guannan Liu, Exploring the Impact of Dynamic Mutual Influence on Social Event Participation, In Proceedings of 2015 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM'15), Vancouver, Canada, 2015, 262-270. [PDF][Slides]

  10. Guannan Liu, Yanjie Fu, Tong Xu, Hui Xiong, Guoqing Chen, Discovering Temporal Retweeting Patterns for Social Media Marketing Campaigns, In Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM'14), Shenzhen, China, 2014, 905-910. [PDF]

  11. Ting Jin, Tong Xu, Enhong Chen, Qi Liu, Effective Random Walk with Pre-filtering for Social Link Prediction, In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Security (CIS'13), Leshan, China, 2013, 139-143. [PDF]

  12. Tong Xu, Dong Liu, Enhong Chen, Huanhuan Cao, Jilei Tian, Towards Annotating Media Contents through Social Diffusion Analysis, In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM'12), Brussels, Belgium, 2012, 1158-1163. [PDF][Slides]

  13. Yu Yang, Enhong Chen, Qi Liu, Biao Xiang, Tong Xu, Shafqat Ali Shad, On Approximation of Real-World Influence Spread, In Proceedings of the 2012 European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML-PKDD'12), UK, 2012, 548-564. [PDF]

Journal Papers

  1. Dongfang Du, Tong Xu*, Yanan Lu, Chu Guan, Qi Liu, Enhong Chen,, User Rating Prediction based on Trust-driven Probabilistic Matrix Factorization, In Journal of Software (in Chinese), 2017, Accepted.

  2. Chen Zhu, Hengshu Zhu, Yong Ge, Enhong Chen, Qi Liu, Tong Xu, Hui Xiong, Tracking the Evolution of Social Emotions with Topic Models, In Knowledge and Information System (Springer KIS), 2016, 47:517-544. [PDF]

  3. Xianyu Zeng, Qi Liu, Hongke Zhao, Tong Xu, Yijun Wang, Enhong Chen, Online Consumption Prediction via Modeling User Behaviors and Choices, In Journal of Computer Research and Development (in Chinese), 2016, 53(8):1673-1683. [PDF]

  4. Tong Xu, Hengshu Zhu, Enhong Chen, Baoxing Huai, Hui Xiong, Jilei Tian, Learning to Annotate via Social Interaction Analytics, In Knowledge and Information System (Springer KIS), 2014, 41:251-276. [PDF]

  5. Enhong Chen, Tong Xu, Jilei Tian, Yu Yang, Personalized Recommendation via Mobile Context-Aware Mining, In Communication of China Computer Federation (in Chinese), 2013(3):18-24. [PDF]

International Patents

  1. Tong Xu, Happia Cao, Jilei Tian, Method and Apparatus for A Social Networking Service Strategy based on Spread Simulation, WO2014056136, Filed by Nokia, 2012.[Link]

  2. Tong Xu, Hengshu Zhu, Happia Cao, Dong Liu, Jilei Tian, Method and Apparatus for Associating Interest Tags with Media Items based on Social Diffusion among Users, WO2013185329, Filed by Nokia, 2012.[Link]

Research Projects

  • Principal Investigator, Research on Modeling and Application of Cooperation-Competition Behaviors in Emphemeral Social Network, National Natural Science Foundation of China (No.61703386), 2018-2020

  • Principal Investigator, Research on Collaborative Behavior Modeling of Social Entities, Anhui Provincial Natural Science Foundation (No.1708085QF140), 2017-2019

  • Principal Investigator, Research on Social-based Media Understanding and Applications, Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (No.WK2150110006), 2017-2018

Academic Services

PC Member: SDM'17, KSEM'16-17, ICDM'17 PhD Forum, SMP'17

Conference Reviewer: KDD'13-17, ICDM'13-16, SDM'13-16, WWW'13,14, Ubicomp'16, etc.

Journal Reviewer: IEEE TKDE, TSMC-Systems, ACM TKDD, WWW Journal, etc.


USTC: Enhong Chen, Qi Liu, Dong Liu, Hongke Zhao

Rutgers: Hui Xiong.

Baidu: Hengshu Zhu.

Last updated date: Aug. 21, 2017, by Tong Xu.