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(9/21) Teaching CS122B and CS220P this quarter.
(9/21) Welcome new PhD student Xiaozhen Liu to join our team!
(9/21) A collaborative paper titled "The Social Amplification and Attenuation of COVID-19 Risk Perception Shaping Mask Wearing Behavior: A Longitudinal Twitter Analysis" accepted by PLOS ONE.
(7/21) Together with Prof. Suellen Hopfer (Public Health, UCI) and Prof. Wei Wang (CS, UCLA), received an NSF IIS-2107150 award titled "Collaborative Research: III: Medium: Collaborative Machine-Learning-Centric Data Analytics at Scale" related to our Texera project.
(2/21) Co-chairing the VLDB 2021 Industrial Track.
(2/21) A collaborative paper with Informatics colleagues titled "Why Do People Oppose Mask Wearing? A Comprehensive Analysis of US Tweets During the COVID-19 Pandemic" accepted by JAMIA .

Chen Li

2092 Donald Bren Hall
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697-3435 
chenli AT ics DOT uci DOT edu

Chen Li is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at UC Irvine. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, and his M.S. and B.S. in Computer Science from Tsinghua University, China, respectively.  He was a recipient of an NSF CAREER award and several test-of-time publication awards, a part-time visiting research scientist at Google, PC co-chair of VLDB 2015, and an ACM distinguished member. Since January 2020, he’s the treasurer and a board member of the VLDB Endowment.  Since July 2020, he is the Faculty Director of the ICS Master of Computer Science Program. He was a co-founder and CTO of a startup to commercialize his research results.

Curriculum Vitae


My research interests are in the field of data management, including data-intensive computing, query processing and optimization, visualization, and text analytics. My current focus is building open source systems for big data management and analytics. My PhD thesis at Stanford was on data integration, with an emphasis on both theoretical and practical aspects. My recent research, especially after spending a few quarters at Google and a few years doing a startup as its founder and CTO, has a strong preference on engineering and open source system building.  I believe “Computer Science” is a “Science” to support great engineering, and we need to build systems to stay relevant in this fast-paced IT era. My recent research projects are closely related to social media data analytics due to its increasing importance in many disciplines. Learn More …

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