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. His research interests are in the field of data management, including data-intensive computing, query processing and optimization, visualization, and text analytics. His current focus is building open source systems for big data management and analytics. 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.  He was a co-founder and CTO of a startup to commercialize his research results.

Curriculum vitae

 Awards and Grants:

  • 2018: NIH subawards on social media analysis
  • 2018: research grant from Orange County Health Care Agency
  • 2017 NSF EAGER grant.
  • 2017, ICDE Best Demo Paper award for the paper titled “A Demonstration of TextDB: Declarative and Scalable Text Analytics on Large Data Sets.”
  • 2013, 10-year Best Paper Award for the DASFAA 2003 paper titled “Efficient Record Linkage in Large Data Sets” by Liang Jin, Chen Li, and Sharad Mehrotra.
  • 2012, ACM SIGMOD 2012 Test-of-Time Award for the SIGMOD 2002 paper titled “Executing SQL over encrypted data in the database-service-provider model” by Hakan Hacigumus, Bala Iyer, Chen Li, and Sharad Mehrotra.
  • 2012, UCI ICS Dean’s Award for Graduate Student Mentoring.
  • 2011, I advised a group of students to participate in the Microsoft Speller Challenge and won the third place.
  • 2010, Intel grant on compression of human genome data.
  • 2010, DASFAA, Excellent Demo Award for the paper titled “Fuzzy Keyword Search on Spatial Data”.
  • NSF research award IIS 1030002 on powerful keyword search in a cloud-computing infrastructure, 2010.
  • 2009 UCI ICS Dean’s Award for excellence in Mid-Career Research.
  • 2009, NSF research award 0910989 titled “DC: Large: Collaborative Research: ASTERIX: A Highly Scalable Parallel Platform for Semistructured Data Management and Analysis.”
  • NSF SGER grant No. IIS-0742960, 2007.
  • ICS Ted & Janice Smith Faculty Seed Fund (December 2006).
  • Google Research Award (September 2006).
  • Microsoft unrestricted research grant (April 2006).
  • UCI Faculty Career Development Award (2005).
  • Recipient of National Science Foundation CAREER Award (No. IIS-0238586, 2003 – 2008, single PI).
  • Senior investigator of National Science Foundation Award No. 0331707: RESCUE (2003 – 2008).
  • Stanford Graduate Fellowship, Stanford University, 1997 – 2001.
  • Entrance exams to Tsinghua University waived (undergrad 1989, MS 1994)

Recent Services:

  • Committee member: SIGMOD 2020, VLDB 2019, SIGMOD 2018, VLDB 2018
  • Liaison for VLDB 2019 industrial sponsors
  • Tutorial co-chair for IEEE BigData 2019
  • July 2016 – 2017: ICDE 2017 Area Chair
  • Oct. 2015 – Sept. 2017: PVLDB advisory committee member
  • Oct. 2015 – 2016: Guest editor of VLDBJ Special Issue for VLDB 2015.
  • Co-PC chair of VLDB2015
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