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Graduate Student Profiles
Alexander
Behm
Ph.D. in Information & Computer Science
John
Brock
1st-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science
Ellie
Harmon
4th-year Ph.D. student in Information & Computer Science
Sun Young Park
4th-year Ph.D. student in Information & Computer Science
Arjun
Satish
5th-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science
Nicole Miya Sylvester
2nd-year Ph.D. student in Information & Computer Science
Tianbing
Xu
4th-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science
2012-13 Yahoo Best Dissertation Fellow
Tianbing Xu
Tianbing Xu
Tianbing Xu has received the Yahoo Best Dissertation Fellowship Award for academic year 2012-13. Professor Amelia Regan nominated Xu in recognition of his research in "large scale on-line advertising" and the significance of his results to date.
Where are you from?
I am from Suzhou, China, which is in the southeast part of the country.
What are your previous academic degrees?
I have an M.S. in computer science from The State University of New York at Binghamton.
Why did you choose to pursue graduate studies at UCI?
UCI has an outstanding computer science program, and it’s located in paradise.
What is your current research focus? Why did you choose to go into this field of study?
Currently, I am working on large-scale machine learning and optimization methods with applications in online advertising — trying to find the best ways to match ads to users, to maximize revenue-related objectives for billions of users. The research is finding ways to solve real industry problems with fundamental machine learning and optimization theories.
What are your future plans?
I hope to find an exciting research and engineering position in industry so that my work can have both immediate and lasting impacts.
How do you like to spend your time outside of school?
I like coding, playing tennis and traveling around the world.
Any words of wisdom for prospective grad students looking to study at UCI?
As Albert Einstein famously said, "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."