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Assistant Professor
Venkatesh Narayanamurti Chair
Computer Science Department
University of California at Santa Barbara

Ph.D. (2006)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

Computer Science Department
Rm 1111, Harold Frank Hall
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5110

xyan [at) cs dot ucsb dot edu
Tel: (805)699-6018 (google voice)


Data mining, data management and machine learning, with emphasis on modeling, managing, and mining large-scale graphs and networks in bioinformatics, business processes, social networks, the Web, and computer systems. We are developing a first-of-its-kind graph information system to address general graph/network management and mining needs.  (read more
RESEARCH PROJECTS  (publications, highlights) complete list | dblp


Spring, 2011
CS290D: Advanced Data Mining

Winter, 2011
CS165A: Artificial Intelligence
Spring, 2010
CS174B: Design and Implementation Techniques of Database Systems
Winter, 2010

CS290D - Advanced Data Mining
CS595D - Readings in Information Networks (seminar twiki)

Previous Courses


  1. The Venkatesh Narayanamurti Chair, Univ. of California at Santa Barbara, 2008-present
  2. ACM-SIGMOD Dissertation Award Honorable Mention, 2007
  3. Best Student Paper, Proc. of 2007 Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD), 2007 
  4. Best Student Paper, Proc. of 2007 IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE), 2007
  5. Among the Department's Nominees (two) for ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award, CS Dept. UIUC, 2006
  6. Best Student Paper Runner-Up, SIGKDD 2005
  7. Excellent Teaching Assistant Award, CS Dept., UIUC, 2003, 2004
  8. Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, CS Dept., SUNY at Stony Brook, 2001


  1. SDM'10 Workshop on High Performance Analytics: Algorithms, Implementations and Applications

  2. NIPS'08 Workshop: Structured Input - Structured Output

  3. The 7th International Workshop on Mining and Learning with Graphs (MLG'09)
  4. IEEE ICDM Workshop on Mining Graphs and Complex Structures ( MGCS'07 )

Last Modified: July 31st, 2009