ChengXiang Zhai is a Professor of Computer Science
at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where
he also holds a joint appointment at the Institute for Genomic Biology, Statistics, and the Graduate
School of Library and Information Science.
He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Nanjing University
in 1990, and a Ph.D. in Language and Information Technologies
from Carnegie Mellon University in 2002. He worked at Clairvoyance
Corp. as a Research Scientist and a Senior Research
Scientist from 1997 to 2000. His research interests include information retrieval, text mining, natural language processing, machine
learning, and bioinformatics. He is an Associate Editor of
ACM Transactions on Information Systems, and Information Processing and Management, and serves on the editorial board of
Information Retrieval Journal. He is a program co-chair
of ACM CIKM 2004 ,
NAACL HLT 2007, and ACM SIGIR 2009.
He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, and received
2004 Presidential Early Career Award for
Scientists and Engineers (PECASE),
the ACM SIGIR 2004 Best Paper Award,
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 2008, and an IBM Faculty Award in 2009.