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(7/20) Paper titled "Beanstalk: A General Cost-Based Optimizer Framework for Incremental Data Processing" accepted by VLDB 2021.
(7/20) Became the Faculty Director of the ICS Master of Computer Science Program.
(6/20) Received an NSF RAPID grant with Profs. Gloria Mark and Suellen Hopefer on Covid-19 analysis using social media.
(6/20) Our paper titled "Demonstration of Interactive Runtime Debugging of Distributed Dataflows in Texera" has been accepted by VLDB 2020.
(4/20) Teaching CS122B ("Projects in Databases and Web Applications") and STATS ("Project in Data Science") this quarter.
(3/20) Check the CoronavirusTwitterMap our team is developing to visualize coronavirus-related tweets.
(3/20) Our paper titled "Marviq: Quality-Aware Geospatial Visualization of Range-Selection Queries Using Materialization" has been accepted by ACM SIGMOD 2020.

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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