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(4/21) Finished a new work called Snipe on progressive visualizatoin of large networks.
(2/21) Co-chairing the VLDB 2021 Industrial Track.
(2/21) A joint 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 .
(1/21) Co-teaching Stats170A titled "Project in Data Science".
(10/20) Together with Prof. David Timberlake of Public Health, received a grant from TRDRP on social media analysis on tobacco.
(10/20) Gave a keynote talk titled Collaborative Interdisciplinary ML-Centric Data Analytics at Scale at NDBC 2020.
(9/20) Check our Amber video and Texer demo video at VLDB 2020.
(7/20) Paper titled "Tempura: 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.


  • Here is a page about the instructions for PODS’2005 Camera-Ready Submissions
  • I wrote a page about how to use type-1 fonts in PDF paper submissions
  • I am helping a nonprofit organization called Angel Heart International to help children with congenital heart diseases (CHD) in China and other developing countries.
  • About my name: Many people are confused by my name, since both “Chen” and “Li” can be a first name and a last name in Chinese. In fact, “Chen” is my FIRST name, meaning “Morning,” since I was born in a morning. “Li,” often written as “Lee,” is my LAST name, which is very popular in Chinese. Most people call me “Chen.” The following is my name in Chinese: 
  • Our son, Dennis Danhao Li, was born on Dec. 12, 12:45 PM, 2002, at the UCI Medical Center. He was 8 lbs. and 7 ozs (3820g) and 20 in (51cm). Here are some pictures!
  • Our second son, Kenny Kangxiong Li, was born on Feb. 11, 11:12 AM, 2005, at the UCI Medical Center. He was 8 lbs. and 10 ozs (3920g) and 19.5 in (49.5cm). Here are some pictures.
  • Our two sons looked almost identical when they were born! Here’s Dandan’s picture after he was born:

Here’s Kangkang’s picture after he was born: