Shilin DING

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                1601 Willow Rd,
                Menlo Park, CA 94025

Email:                   CURRICULUM VITAE

I have received the Ph.D degree from the Department of Statistics of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, under the supervision of Prof. Grace Wahba. I am now working in Facebook.

Research Interest

  • Theoretical end: Machine Learning, Graphical Models, High-Dimensional Data, Optimization

  • Application end: Information Extraction & Retrieval, Data Mining, Natural Language Processing, Web Intelligence


  • 2008 - 2012: Ph.D. in Statistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Advisor: Prof. Grace Wahba.

  • 2009 - 2011: M.S. in Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • 2005 - 2008: M.E. in Computer Science, Tsinghua University. Advisor: Prof. Xiaoyan Zhu.

  • 2001 - 2005: B.E. in Computer Science, Nanjing University of Sci & Tech.


Teaching Assitant

  • Fall 2006: Course 30240233, Fundamentals of Programming

  • Fall 2005: Course 30240233, Fundamentals of Programming


  • Microsoft SQL Server Business Intelligence: Improving the parallel processing of large data sets in Analysis Services Engine.

  • Web Knowledge Mining in Microsoft Research Asia: Identifying contextual information in interactive dialogues to retrieve answers by Graphical Models; Building a Question and Answering system for online service; Parsing in context free grammar.

  • ONBIRES: An ontoloty-based information extraction system, aiming at extracting, evaluating and integrating Biological relations from biomedical literatures.

  • BioCreAtIvE: Team leader in BioCreAtIvE 2006 and ranked top 1 in the competition.

  • SPIES: A Protein-Protein Interaction Extraction System.

  • NE4Pro: A Named Entiry Recognition system to automatically identify protein names in biomedical literature.


[1] Bin Dai, Shilin Ding, Grace Wahba. Multivariate Bernoulli Distribution. Invited for the anniversary issue of Bernoulli. (PDF)

[2] Shilin Ding. Learning Graph Structure with Parametric and Non-Parametric Models. PhD Thesis. (PDF)

[3] Shilin Ding, Grace Wahba, Jerry Xiaojin Zhu. Learning Higher-Order Graph Structure with Features by Structure Penalty. In Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS 2011). A short version of TR 1164, 2011. (PDF)

[4] Xinying Song, Shilin Ding, Chin-Yew Lin. Better Binarization for the CKY Parsing. In Proceedings of the 13th Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2008), Oct 2008, Honolulu, Hawaii. (PDF)

[5] Shilin Ding, Gao Cong, Chin-Yew Lin, and Xiaoyan Zhu. Using Conditional Random Fields to Extract Contexts and Answers of Questions from Online Forums. In Proceedings of 46th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2008), pp 710-718, Jun 2008, Columbus, Ohio. (PDF)

[6] Minlie Huang, Shilin Ding, Hongning Wang, and Xiaoyan Zhu. Mining Physical Protein-protein Interactions from Literature. Genome Biology , 2008, 9(Suppl 2): S10. (PDF)

[7] Hongning Wang, Minlie Huang, Shilin Ding, Xiaoyan Zhu. Exploiting and Integrating Rich Features for Biological Literature Classification. BMC Bioinformatics, 2008; 9(Suppl 3): S4. (PDF)

[8] Shilin Ding, Minlie Huang, Hongning Wang, and Xiaoyan Zhu. Profile-feature Based Protein Interaction Extraction from Full-Text Articles. In Proceedings of the 7th BIOKDD Workshop in the 13th ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, pp. 42-49, Aug, 2007, San Jose. (PDF)

[9] Shilin Ding, Minlie Huang, and Xiaoyan Zhu. Semi-supervised Pattern Learning for Extracting Relations from Bioscience Texts. In Proceedings of the Fifth Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Conference, pp. 307-316, Jan 15, 2007, Hongkong. (PDF)

[10] Minlie Huang, Shilin Ding, Hongning Wang, Xiaoyan Zhu. Mining Physical Protein-Protein Interactions by Exploiting Abundant Features. In Proceedings of the Second BioCreative Challenge Evaluation Workshop, April, 2007, Spain. (PDF)

[11] Minlie Huang, Xiaoyan Zhu, Shilin Ding, Hao Yu and Ming Li. ONBIRES: ONtology-based BIological Relation Extraction System. In Proceedings of the Fourth Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Conference, pp. 327-335. Feb 13-16, 2006, Taiwan. (PDF)

[12] Jiao Li, Minlie Huang, Shilin Ding, Hao Yu, and Xiaoyan Zhu. Semantic relationship-related biological text retrieval. In Journal of University of Science and Technology of China. 2006: 36 (8), pp. 906-908 (PDF)

[13] Budi Ongkowijaya, Shilin Ding, Xiaoyan Zhu. Various Features with Integrated Strategies for Protein Name Classification. In proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing and Applications, Lecture Notes of Computer Science, vol. 3759, pp. 213-222, Nanjing, China, 2005. (PDF)


[1] Gao Cong, Chin-Yew Lin, Shilin Ding. Summarizing Online Forums into Question-Context-Answer Triples. Application NO. 20100076978

Last Updated: Jun 2012