Di Niu @ University of Alberta

Last updated: June 2020


Short Bio

I’m an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Alberta.  I did my PhD work in iQua Research Group, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Toronto, from 2008 to 2012, and was a M.A.Sc. student in the same department from 2006 to 2008. I received the B.Eng. degree in 2005 from the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Sun Yat-sen (Zhongshan) University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. Now I’m leading a team of graduate students working on exciting topics in the cross-disciplinary areas of data mining, natural language processing, applied machine learning, optimization and distributed systems.

Associate Professor

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Research Areas: data mining, applied machine learning, big data analytics, parallel and distributed systems, natural language processing. 

Methodologies: optimization, statistical machine learning, parallel and distributed algorithms, matrix learning, deep neural networks, distributed algorithms, meta-learning, reinforcement learning.

Contact me

Email: dniu@ualberta.ca

Office: D-ICE, 11-361

Curriculum Vitae

Can be provided upon request.

To Prospective Students

I encourage self-motivated students that are interested in working with me (especially toward a PhD degree) to contact me through email before submitting your application to ECE, University of Alberta. You may fill my name as your preferred supervisor in your application.

Ongoing Research Projects

-Natural language processing, text modeling, information retrieval, knowledge representation, logic reasoning.

-Distributed machine learning and data analytics, algorithms and platforms, federated learning and privacy.

-Data mining, active learning, curriculum learning, data generation, data quality assessment.

-AutoML, meta-learning, neural architecture search.


  1. Bullet Papers accepted to WWW, TKDD, IJCAI, ACL

  2. Bullet Serving as the TPC member of KDD, INFOCOM, ICCV, CIKM 2021

  3. Bullet Congratulations to Bang Liu, the 3rd PhD graduate from the group, who will join the Department of CS, University of Montreal, as an Assistant Professor and CIFAR Chair in Fall 2020