Rong Yan

Data Science Lead
Square
110 5th Street
San Francisco, CA

E-mail address: yanrong at gmail dot com

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I am currently the Director of Data Science / Data Science Lead in Square
Drop me a note if you are interested in joining Square! (https://squareup.com/careers/engineering)

I've worked in Facebook as a Engineering Manager and Research Scientist for the Ad Relevance & Quality team from 11/2009 to 08/2013 
I've worked in IBM TJ Watson Research center as a Research Staff Member from 11/2006 to 11/2009.

Research interests: digital / social media analysis, large-scale machine learning, information retrieval and computer vision
My previous project is IBM Multimedia Analysis and Retrieval (iMARS) (demo), which won the 2004 Wall Street Journal Innovation Award (Multimedia category).
I’ve developed large-scale and efficient machine learning and media analysis algorithms / systems for massive data collections.
I’ve also been working on multiple large-scale analytic platforms, e.g., Hadoop,IBMInfosphere-Stream, UIMA

I got my PhD degree from Language Technologies Institute, School of Computer Science of Carnegie Mellon University in Oct. 2006.
Dissertation: abstract (.txt), summary (.ps,.pdf), full thesis (.ps,.pdf


What’s New

 

Selected Recent Publications [Full List]

Michele Cossalter, Rong Yan, Lu Zheng, Adaptive Kernel Approximation for Large-Scale Non-Linear SVM Prediction. In International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), 2011

Huan-Kai Peng, Jiang Zhu, Dongzhen Piao, Rong Yan and Ying Zhang, Retweet Modeling Using Conditional Random Fields, to appear in the Proceedings of DMCCI 2011: ICDM 2011 Workshop on Data Mining Technologies for Computational Collective Intelligence, 2011

ShenghuaBao, Shengliang Xu, Li Zhang, Rong Yan, Dingyi Han, Zhong Su and Yong Yu, Mining Social Emotions from Affective Text, In IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE), Aug. 2011

Lei Ding, AlperYilmaz, Rong Yan, Interactive Image Segmentation Using Dirichlet Process Multiple View Learning,
In IEEE Transaction on Image Processing, 2012

Rong Yan, Marc-Olivier Fleury, Michele Merler, Apostol Natsev, John R. Smith, Large-Scale Multimedia Semantic Concept Modeling using Robust Subspace Bagging and MapReduce, In ACM Multimedia, Workshop LS-MMRM’09

Rong Yan, Jian Zhang, Transfer Learning using Task-Level Features with Application to Information Retrieval, In Twenty-first International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), 2009

Michele Merler, Rong Yan, John R. Smith, Imbalanced RankBoost for Efficiently Ranking Large-Scale Image/Video Collections,  In IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2009

Deepak S. Turaga, Brian Foo, Olivier Verscheure and Rong Yan, Configuring Topologies of Distributed Semantic Concept Classifiers for Continuous Multimedia Stream Processing, In ACM Multimedia, 2008

Rong Yan, ApostolNatsev, Murray Campbell, A Learning-based Hybrid Tagging and Browsing Approach for Efficient Manual Image Annotation, In IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2008.

Rong Yan, JelenaTesic and John R. Smith, Model-Shared Subspace Boosting for Multi-label Classification, In ACM SIGKDD international conference on Knowledge discovery and data mining (KDD), 2007

Jun Yang, Rong Yan, Alexander G. Hauptmann, Cross-Domain Video Concept Detection Using Adaptive SVMs, In ACM Multimedia, 2007.

Jian Zhang and Rong Yan, On the Value of Pairwise Constraints in Classification and Consistency, In International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), 2007.

Rong Yan and Alexander G. Hauptmann, Probabilistic Latent Query Analysis for Combining Multiple Retrieval Sources, In ACM SIGIR, 2006

Rong Yan, Jian Zhang, Jie Yang and Alexander G. Hauptmann, A Discriminative Learning Framework with Pairwise Constraints for Video Object Classification,In IEEE Transaction on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence 28, 2006  

 

Professional Services

Tutorial, “Large-scale data mining: MapReduce and beyond”, in KDD’10, with Jimeng Sun and Spiros Papadimitriou

Tutorial, “Large-scale data mining: MapReduce and beyond”, in ICDM’09, with Jimeng Sun and Spiros Papadimitriou (slides)
Tutorial, “Content-based and Concept-based Retrieval for Large-Scale Image/Video Collections” in ACM Multimedia’09, with Winston Hsu (reviews)
Tutorial, “Content-based and Semantic-based Image/Video Retrieval” in ICASSP’09, with Winston Hsu
Tutorial, “Content-based and Semantic-based Image/Video Retrieval” in SIGIR’08, with Winston Hsu
Tutorial, “Recent Developments in Content-based and Concept-based Image/Video Retrieval” in ACM Multimedia’08, with Winston Hsu

Panelist, NSF proposal review panel, CAREER and Intelligent & Information Systems
External Reviewer, Hong Kong Research Council / Nanyang Technological University Research Council


Workshop Co-Chair,
5th Workshop on “Social Network Analysis (SNAKDD)”, SIGKDD, 2011-2013

Publicity Co-Chair, International Symposium on Multimedia (ISM), 2011
Workshop Co-Chair, “Machine Learning for Social Computing”, Neural Information Processing System (NIPS), 2010

Workshop Co-Chair, “Analysis and Evaluation of Large-Scale Multimedia Collections”, Intl. Conf. on Pattern Recognition (ICPR), 2010

Workshop Co-Chair, “High Performance Analytics - Algorithms, Implementations, and Applications”, SIAM Data Mining (SDM), 2010

Workshop Co-Chair, ACM Workshop on “Large-scale Multimedia Retrieval and Mining”, 2009

Publication Co-Chair, IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo, 2009
Co-Chair, Best Paper award in International Symposium on Multimedia (ISM), 2009
Co-Chair, VideOlympics showcase event in ACM CIVR'07-'09

Associate Editor, IEEE Multimedia, 2011 -

Program committee member forIntl. Conf. on Machine Learning (ICML), 2011

Program committee member for ACM Multimedia 2007-11

Program committee member forIntl. Conf. on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2011-12

Program committee member forIntl. Conf. on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2011

Program committee member forIntelligent User Interface (IUI), 2011

Program committee member for WWW, 2010-11
Program committee member for AAAI, 2010
Program committee member for ACM SIGIR Conference, 2007-10
Program committee member for Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM) 2008-10
Program committee member for Intl. Conf. on Pattern Recognition (ICPR), 2010
Program committee member for ACM International Conference on Image and Video Retrieval (CIVR), 2007-11
Program committee member for International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME), 2006-09
Program committee member for European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR), 2008
Program committee member for International Conference on Semantic Computing (ICSC), 2009-10

Program committee member for International Conference on Machine Learning, Workshop on Multi-Labeled Data (ICML-MLD) 2010

Review committee member for IEEE ICASSP, 2009 - 10
Review committee member for ACM SIGCHI, 2008 - 09

Journal Reviewer:
IEEE Trans. on PAMI, IEEE Trans. on Neural Network, IEEE Trans. on Image Processing, IEEE Trans. on Multimedia, IEEE Trans. on TKDE, IEEE Trans. on SMC-B, Machine Learning Journal, Multimedia System Journal, Information Retrieval, Pattern Analysis and Applications, EUSAIP Image and Video Processing, Journal of Multimedia, Visual Computer,…
Other Conference Reviewers
: CVPR’04/’05/’06, ECCV’06, ICCV’03, ACCV’03, ICIP’04, ICPR’06, ACM Multimedia’04/’05, MMSP’05, CIVR’06, …

 

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