Zexi Huang (黄泽熙)
PhD Student

 

Welcome, my name is Zexi Huang. I am a PhD student at Department of Computer Science, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), starting from Fall 2018. Before joining UCSB, I received my Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and Technology with highest honor at Yingcai Honors College (elite school of top 5% undergraduates), University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC). During my undergraduate years, I spent half an year as a visiting research assistant at School of Computer Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and enjoyed a nice semester as an exchange student at College of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Chiao Tung University.

 

My research interests span the analysis of social, informational and biological networks with machine learning and data mining techniques. At UCSB, I work in Dynamic Networks: Analysis and Modeling (Dynamo) Lab, with Prof. Ambuj Singh as my advisor. My current research topic is network embedding and dynamics. Previously, I worked under the supervision of Asst. Prof. Sinno Jialin Pan at Computational Intelligence Lab, NTU on transfer learning framework for community detection in multiplex networks during my senior undergraduate year. Prior to that, I was a research assistant at Data Mining Lab, Big Data Research Center, UESTC, with Prof. Junming Shao as my advisor. I worked on dynamics-based algorithms for detecting overlapping communities at that time.

News

May. 2020

I am joining in the Amazon Books Tech team for an Applied Scientist internship this summer!
Education

Sep. 2018 - Present

College of Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara
Second Year Ph.D. Student in Computer Science
  • Course GPA: 4.0/4.0.
  • Advisor: Prof. Ambuj Singh. Research topic: Network mining.

Sep. 2014 - Jun. 2018

Yingcai Honors College, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Technology (Honors)
  • GPA: 3.96/4.0, Avg. Score: 92.79/100 (1/90 in freshman year, 1/87 in sophomore year, 1/93 in junior year).
  • Advisors: Prof. Junming Shao and Prof. Sinno Jialin Pan. Thesis: Transfer Learning for Community Detection.

Feb. 2016 - Jun. 2016

College of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Chiao Tung University
Exchange Student
  • GPA:4.0/4.0, Avg. Score: 96.44/100, Straight A+.
Work Experience

Sep. 2017 - Feb. 2018

Computational Intelligence Lab, Nanyang Technological University
Research Intern
  • Advisor: Prof. Sinno Jialin Pan. Research Topic: Transfer Learning.
Research Experience

Sep. 2018 - Present

Multiscale Embeddings Reveal Structure Hierarchy in Networks
Advised by Prof. Ambuj Singh, at Dynamic Networks: Analysis and Modeling Lab, UCSB
  • Proposed a multiscale embedding scheme based on auto-covariance of the random walk process in the network.
  • Currently running experiments on various datasets and preparing the manuscript.

Sep. 2017 - Jun. 2018

Transfer Learning for Community Detection in Multiplex Networks
Advised by Prof. Sinno Jialin Pan, at Computational Intelligence Lab, NTU
  • Proposed to refine community detection results in some layers with transferred knowledge from other layers in multiplex networks.
  • Designed a representation-based community detection framework and implemented it with an extended symmetric NMF approach.
  • Our algorithm outperforms other representation-based community detection algorithms, especially when the target layer is noisy.

Jul. 2016 - Aug. 2017

Overlapping Community Detection Based on Game Theory-incorporated Label Propagation Dynamics
Advised by Prof. Junming Shao, at Data Mining Lab, Big Data Research Center, UESTC
  • Proposed an intuitive algorithm for fast overlapping community detection in networks.
  • Introduced gain and loss functions from game theory to model the intrinsic dynamics between nodes.
  • Results are comparable to state-of-the-art algorithms.
Teaching Experience

Fall 2019

CS 130A: Data Structures and Algorithms
Teaching Assistant, with Prof. Ambuj Singh, at Department of Computer Science, UCSB

Spring 2019

LMU/UCSB Junior Nanotech Network PhD Student Exchange and Symposium
Co-designer and Instructor for the Machine Learning Workshop

Winter 2019

CS 8: Introduction to Computer Science
Teaching Assistant, with Dr. Ziad Matni, at Department of Computer Science, UCSB

Fall 2018

CS 174A/174N: Fundamentals of Database Systems
Teaching Assistant, with Prof. Jianwen Su, at Department of Computer Science, UCSB
Relevant Skills
Programming
  • Python, Matlab, Java, C/C++, SQL, Cypher, LaTeX, Verilog, ARM
Languages
  • Chinese (native), English (fluent), German (basic)
Honors & Awards

Sep. 2018

Computer Science Outstanding Scholar Fellowship at UCSB
6%, top four out of 63 admitted PhD students, $10,000

Sep. 2018

Computer Science Academic Excellence Fellowship at UCSB
$2,000

Jun. 2018

Outstanding Bachelor Thesis Award of UESTC
10%

Jun. 2018

Tang Lixin Scholarship for Studying Abroad
$1,453

Dec. 2017

The Most Outstanding Students Award of UESTC
0.2%, top 10 out of 5,000 seniors, $2,180

Dec. 2017

Honorary Graduate of Sichuan Province
1%, top one in Yingcai Honors College

Dec. 2017

Honorary Graduate of UESTC
10%, top twelve in Yingcai Honors College

Oct. 2017

National Scholarship of China
0.2%, top two in Yingcai Honors College, $1,162

May. 2017

National English Competition for College Students of China 2017
0.1%, Special Prize in National Final (Level C, for Non-English professionals)

Dec. 2016

People's Scholarship of UESTC
4%, Special Class, top four in Yingcai Honors College, $436

Dec. 2015

Tang Lixin Scholarship of Yingcai Honors College
1%, First Prize, top one in Yingcai Honors College, $4,359

Dec. 2015

Tang Lixin Scholarship of UESTC
0.2%, $1,453 per year until graduation

Dec. 2015

The 7th Chinese Mathematics Competitions
0.05%, 1st out of 1819 selected candidates in Sichuan Province
Extracurricular Activities
  • General Judge of SB Hacks V Hackathon
  • Student Speaker of UESTC Open House for Prospective Students
  • Senior Student Speaker of Yingcai Honors College Opening Ceremony
  • Trainee of Innovation Technologies Training Course at HKUST
  • Member of Academic Group of Tang Lixin Elite Student Club of UESTC
  • Ambassador of Cross-culture Communication Group of UESTC

Last updated on May 20, 2020