Director


Chengkai Li

Dr. Chengkai Li


Ph.D. Students


Farahnaz Akrami

Farahnaz Akrami



Fatma Arslan

Fatma Arslan



Israa Jaradat

Israa Jaradat



Damian Jimenez

Damian Jimenez



Shadekur Rahman

Shadekur Rahman




Samiul Saeef

Samiul Saeef



Xiao Shi

Xiao Shi



Theodora Toutountzi

Theodora Toutountzi



Zeyu Zhang

Zeyu Zhang


M.S. Students



Priyank Arora

Priyank Arora



Sumeet Lubal

Sumeet Lubal



Sarthak Majithia

Sarthak Majithia



Daniel Obembe

Daniel Obembe



Sarbajit Roy

Sarbajit Roy


B.S. Students


Sameer Chaulagain

Sameer Chaulagain



Kyrell Dixon

Kyrell Dixon



Jacob Devasier

Jacob Devasier


Graduated Ph.D. Students


Afroza Sultana

Afroza Sultana

Ph.D., May 2018

Ph.D. dissertation: Efficient Evaluation of Contextual and Reverse Pareto-Optimality Queries, May 2018.

First-employment after graduation: Software Engineer, Teradata Lab, Los Angeles, CA.


Gensheng Zhang

Gensheng Zhang

Ph.D., Dec. 2017

Ph.D. dissertation: Frameworks, Algorithms, and Systems for Efficient Discovery of Data-backed Facts, December 2017.

Interned at NEC Labs and Google; first-employment after graduation: Software Engineer, Google, Mountain View, CA.


Naeemul Hassan

Naeemul Hassan

Ph.D., Aug. 2016

Ph.D. dissertation: Toward Automated Fact Monitoring And Checking, August 2016.

Interned at AT&T and Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI); first-employment after graduation: Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS.


Nandish Jayaram

Nandish Jayaram

Ph.D., May 2016

Ph.D. dissertation: Toward Better Usability of Query Systems for Massive Ultra-Heterogeneous Graphs: Novel Approaches of Query Formulation and Query Specification, May 2016.

Co-advisor: Ramez Elmasri; interned at IBM Research India and HP Labs; first-employment after graduation: Member of Technical Staff, Pivotal, Palo Alto, CA.


Ning Yan

Ning Yan

Ph.D., Dec. 2013

Ph.D. dissertation: Novel Methods for Entity-centric Information Exploration, December 2013.

First-employment after graduation: Research Scientist, Huawei R&D Center, Santa Clara, CA.


Aditya Telang

Aditya Telang

Ph.D., Aug. 2011

Ph.D. dissertation: A Holistic, Similarity-based Approach for Personalized Ranking in Web Databases, August 2011.

Co-advised with Sharma Chakravarthy; first-employment after graduation: Researcher, IBM Research India.

Graduated M.S. Thesis Students


Ankit Shingavi

Ankit Shingavi

M.S., Aug. 2018

M.S. thesis: Finding Representative Entities from Entity Graph by Using Neighborhood Based Entity Similarity, August 2018.

First-employment after graduation: Software Engineer, Amazon A9, Palo Alto, California.


Tulsi Chandwani

Tulsi Chandwani

M.S., Dec. 2017

M.S. thesis: Maximizing Code Coverage in Database Applications, December 2017.

First-employment after graduation: Red Hat, Westford, MA.


Abu Ayub Ansari Syed

Abu Ayub Ansari Syed

M.S., Aug. 2017

M.S. thesis: Evaluation of a Factual Claim Classifier with and without Using Entities as Features, August 2017.

First-employment after graduation: Data Analytics Engineer, CirrusLabs, Atlanta, GA.


Ishwor Timilsina

Ishwor Timilsina

M.S., May 2017

M.S. thesis: Crowdsourcing for Decision Making with Analytic Hierarchy Process, May 2017.

First-employment after graduation: Fidelity Investments.


Nigesh Shakya

Nigesh Shakya

M.S., May 2017

M.S. thesis: A Probabilistic Approach to Crowdsourcing Pareto-Optimal Object Finding by Pairwise Comparisons, May 2017.


Rohit Bhoopalam

Rohit Bhoopalam

M.S., May 2016

M.S. thesis: Comparison of Machine Learning Algorithms in Suggesting Candidate Edges to Construct a Query on Heterogeneous Graphs, May 2016.

First-employment after graduation: Akamai, Boston, MA.


Fatma Dogan

Fatma Dogan

M.S., Dec. 2015

M.S. thesis: Detecting Real-time Check-worthy Factual Claims in Tweets Related to U.S. Politics, December 2015.


Minumol Joseph

Minumol Joseph

M.S., Dec. 2015

M.S. thesis: Speaker Identification in Live Events Using Twitter, December 2015.

First-employment after graduation: Capital One, Plano, TX


Ramesh Venkataraman

Ramesh Venkataraman

M.S., Aug. 2014

M.S. thesis: Linking Entity Profiles, August 2014.

First-employment after graduation: Amazon, Irving, TX.


Mahesh Gupta

Mahesh Gupta

M.S., Dec. 2012

M.S. thesis: Querying Entity-relationship Graphs by Example Tuples: Experimental Evaluation and User Study, December 2012.

First-employment after graduation: Electronic Arts (EA), Los Angeles, CA.


Jijo Philip

Jijo Philip

M.S., Dec. 2012

M.S. thesis: Prominent Streaks Discovery on Blog Articles, December 2012.

First-employment after graduation: Cerner Corporation, Kansas City, MO.


Avinash Bharadwaj

Avinash Bharadwaj

M.S., Dec. 2011

M.S. thesis: Automatic Discovery of Significant Events from Databases, December 2011.

First-employment after graduation: Copper Labs, Irving, TX.


Quazi Hasan

Quazi (Sunny) Hasan

M.S., Dec. 2010

M.S. thesis: Typifying Wikipedia Articles, December 2010.

First-employment after graduation: Dematic, Madison, WI.


Jared Ashman

Jared Ashman

M.S., Dec. 2010

M.S. thesis: Measuring Named Entity Similarity Through Wikipedia Category Hierarchies, December 2010.

First-employment after graduation: Ambit Energy, Dallas, TX.


Muhammad Safiullah

Assad Safiullah

M.S., Aug. 2008

M.S. thesis: Efficient Processing of Set Queries Using Bitmap Indexes, August 2008.

First-employment after graduation: Microsoft, Seattle, WA.

Graduated B.S. Students


Josue Caraballo

Josue Caraballo

B.S., December 2017



Damian Jimenez

Damian Jimenez

B.S., May 2017



Long Ly

Long Ly

B.S., May 2015



Sidharth Goyal

Sidharth Goyal

B.S., May 2015



Huadong Feng

Huadong Feng

B.S., May 2014



Raju Karki

Raju Karki

B.S., August 2012



Angus Helm

Aakash Tuli

BS, May 2010


Other students who participated in projects:

  • Rudresh Ajgaonkar
  • Abolfazl Asudeh
  • Ebrahim Cutlerywala
  • Maithili Deshpande
  • Ogenna Esimai
  • Siddhant Gawsane
  • Sona Hasani
  • Angus Helm
  • Aaditya Kulkarni
  • Xiaonan Li
  • Feifan Meng
  • Rakesh Ramegowda
  • Vikas Sable
  • Bhavana Sajja

Visiting scholars:

  • Wei Hu (2017, Nanjing University)
  • Haifang Zhou (2015, National University of Defense Technology)
  • Shanqing Guo (2012, Shandong University)


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