Xiang Ren



Xiang Ren is an assistant professor at USC Computer Science Department and a Research Team Lead at USC ISI. He is the director of Intelligence and Knowledge Discovery (INK) Research Lab, the Information Director of ACM SIGKDD, and member of USC Machine Learning Center. Priorly, he was a research scholar at Stanford University, and received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Ren’s research focuses on developing label-efficient, prior-informed computational methods that extract machine-actionable knowledge from natural-language data, as well as performing neural-symbolic reasoning over heterogeneous data. His research leads to a book and over 50 publications, was covered in over 10 conference tutorials, and received awards including faculty research awards from Google, Amazon, JP Morgan, Sony and Snapchat, ACM SIGKDD Dissertation Award, The Web Conference Best Paper award honorable mention, and David J. Kuck Outstanding Thesis Award. He was named Forbes' Asia 30 Under 30 in 2019.