Fan Li

Language Technologies Institute
School of Computer Sciece
Carnegie Mellon University


4502 NSH, 5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA
Tel: (412) 268-7296
Primary Email: hustlfhustlf AT
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I have rich industry experience in both big companies/research labs (Facebook and Yahoo! Lab) and small start-ups. Here is My Linkedin Profile

I received Ph.D degree from Language Technologies Institute, School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in 2007. My advisor is Prof. Yiming Yang

Research Interest

I am interested in Information Retrieval, Machine Learning, Data Mining and general AI. I served as PC member of CIKM-2008/2009/2010/2011/2012 and reviewer of several ACM/IEEE journals.

Here is my CV and some of my previous research projects.



Selected Publications google scholar citation

  • Fan Li, Learning for Graphs with Annotated Edges , SIGIR 2011 (poster)

  • Fan Li, Xin Li, Jiang Bian, Zhaohui Zheng, Optimizing Unified Loss for Web Ranking Specialization , CIKM 2010

  • Jiang Bian, Xin Li, Fan Li, Hongyuan Zha, Zhaohui Zheng, Ranking Specialization for Web Search: A Divide-and-Conquer Approach by Using Topical RankSVM , Proceedings of the 19th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2010) (full paper)

  • Xin Li, Fan Li, Shihao Ji, Zhaohui Zheng, Yi Chang, Anlei Dong, Incorporating Robustness into Web Ranking Function Selection , The 18th ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2009) (short paper)

  • Huihsin Tseng, Longbin Chen, Fan Li, Ziming Zhuang, Lei Duan, Belle Tseng, Click-based Query-URL N-gram Features in Web Ranking, The 2009 Conference on Empirical Methods on Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2009) (full paper)

  • Fan Li, Xin Li, Shihao Ji, Zhaohui Zheng, Comparing Both Relevance and Robustness in Selection of Web Ranking Functions, 32th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (ACM SIGIR 2009) (poster)

  • Fan Li, Yiming Yang and Eric P. Xing. Inferring regulatory networks using a hierarchical Bayesian graphical Gaussian model, CMU-MLD Technical Report 06-117, 2006

  • Fan Li, Yiming Yang, Eric P. Xing. From Lasso regression to feature vector machine, Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 18 (NIPS2005) (full paper) [pdf]

  • Fan Li, Yiming Yang. Use modified lasso regressions to learn large undirected graphs in a probabilistic framework, 20th National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2005) (full paper)[pdf]

  • Fan Li, Yiming Yang. An Analysis of Recursive Feature Elimination Methods for Statistical Classification, 28th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development inInformation Retrieval (SIGIR 2005) (poster)

  • Fan Li, Yiming Yang. Using recursive Classification to discover predictive features, 20th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2005) (full paper)[pdf]

  • Fan Li, Yiming Yang. Analysis of recursive gene selection approaches from micro-array data. Journal Bioinformatics, 2005 21(19):3741-3747 [pdf]

  • Fan Li, Yiming Yang. Recovering genetic regulatory networks from micro-array data and location analysis data, Journal Genome Informatics, 2004, Vol. 15, No.2 [link]

  • David D. Lewis, Yiming Yang, Tony Rose, Fan Li. RCV1: A New Text Categorization Test Collection, Journal of Machine Learning Research 5 (2004) 361-397

  • Fan Li, Yiming Yang. A loss function analysis for classification methods in text categorization.20th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2003) (full paper)[pdf]