Faculty Highlight: Heng Ji
Heng Ji is the Edward P. Hamilton Development Chair Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She received her B.A. and M. A. in Computational Linguistics from Tsinghua University in 2000 and 2002 respectively, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University in 2007. Her research interests focus on Natural Language Processing and its connections with Data Mining, Network Science, Social Cognitive Science, Security and Vision. She received Google Research Awards in 2009 and 2014, NSF CAREER award in 2009, Sloan Junior Faculty Award in 2012, IBM Watson Faculty Award in 2012 and 2014, PACLIC2012 Best Paper Runner-up, "Best of SDM2013" paper, "Best of ICDM2013" paper and "AI's 10 to Watch" Award by IEEE Intelligent Systems in 2013. She is the task leader of the U.S. ARL projects on information fusion and knowledge networks construction. She coordinated the NIST TAC Knowledge Base Population task in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015, served as the Information Extraction area chair for NAACL2012, ACL2013, EMNLP2013, NLPCC2014 and EMNLP2015, the vice Program Committee Chair for IEEE/WIC/ACM WI2013 and CCL2015, Content Analysis Track Chair of WWW2015, the Financial Chair of IJCAI2016 and the Program Committee Chair of NLPCC2015. Her research is funded by the U.S. government (NSF, ARL, DARPA, AFRL and DHS) and industry (Google, Disney, IBM and Bosch).