yanhua li

I am an Assistant Professor in Computer Science Department and Data Science Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). I obtained two Ph.D. degrees, in Computer Science from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2013, and Electrical Engineering from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 2009, respectively. I am interested in analyzing, understanding, and making sense of urban big data, smart cities, and data-driven cyber-physical systems (CPS). I am a senior member of IEEE and a member of ACM.

Openings I am looking for self-motivated PhD students and visiting scholars to work with me on the exciting area of urban data analytics. I'm particularly interested in candidates with background in big data analytics, control theory, data mining, machine learning, and strong programming skill. Please send me a short email with your C.V. and anything you believe relevant! For PhD program applicants, here is the admission page at WPI.

⧫ News

⧫ Recent Publications

(full list of publications, Google Scholar, DBLP)
  • Urban Data Analytics:
  • KDD 2017
    Planning Bike Paths based on Sharing-Bikes' Trajectories
    ICDE 2017
    Mining Spatio-Temporal Reachable Regions over Massive Trajectory Data
    ICDE 2015
    Growing the Charging Station Network for Electric Vehicles with Trajectory Data Analytics
    ICDM 2016
    The Optimal Distribution of Electric-Vehicle Chargers across A City
    ICDM 2015
    Dissecting Regional Weather-Traffic Sensitivity throughout a City
    SIGMOD 2015
    Telco Churn Prediction with Big Data
    SIGSPATIAL 2017
    CityLines: Hybrid Hub-and-Spoke Urban Transit System
    SIGSPATIAL 2017
    Forecasting Gathering Events through Continuous Destination Prediction on Big Trajectory Data
    SIGSPATIAL 2017
    Querying Massive Trajectories by Path on the Cloud
    IEEE TKDE 2017
    TaxiRec: Recommending Road Clusters to Taxi Drivers Using Ranking-based Extreme Learning Machines
    IEEE TBD 2017
    Mining the Most Influential k-Location Set From Massive Trajectories
    IEEE TBD 2017
    Detecting and Analyzing Urban Regions with High Impact of Weather Change on Transport
    IEEE TBD 2017
    Scalable User-Substation Assignment with Big Data from Power Grids
  • Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS):
  • CDC 2017
    Data-driven inverse learning of passenger preferences in urban public transits
    RTSS 2017
    REC: Predictable Charging Scheduling for Electric Taxi Fleets
    e-Energy 2016
    Shepherd: Sharing Energy for Privacy Preserving in Hybrid AC-DC Microgrids

    ⧫ Sponsors

    Sincere gratitude to our sponsors from NSF, Pitney Bowes Inc., and NVIDIA.

    nsf Pitney Bowes NVIDIA

    ⧫ Research Interests:

    ⧫ Recent Professional Service

    Full list of professional service
    Panelist
    NSF 2017
    Pub Chair
    ACM SIGSPATIAL 2017-18
    TPC
    IEEE ICDE 2018
    TPC
    AAAI 2018
    TPC
    IEEE ICCPS 2017
    TPC
    SIGMETRICS 2017
    TPC
    IEEE ICDM 2017
    TPC
    ACM CIKM 2017
    TPC
    ACM SIGSPATIAL 2017
    TPC
    IEEE ICDE 2017
    TPC
    IEEE INFOCOM 2017

    ⧫ Media Coverage

    5/2017
    Telegram & Gazette News
    3/2017
    WPI Research News
    3/2017
    WBJournal Online

    ⧫ Professional Appointments

    2015-now
    Assistant Professor, WPI
    2015
    Postdoc, U of Minnesota
    2013-14
    Researcher, Noah's Ark Lab, Hong Kong
    2013
    Research Intern, HUAWEI Research Lab, CA
    2012
    Research Intern, Bell Lab, NJ
    2011
    Research Intern, Microsoft Research, Beijing
    2009-13
    Research Assistant, U of Minnesota

    ⧫ Education

    Ph.D.
    Computer Science, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, 2013
    Ph.D.
    Electrical Engineering, Beijing U of Posts and Telecommunications, 2009
    MS
    Electrical Engineering, Sichuan University, 2006
    BS
    Electrical Engineering, Sichuan University, 2003