Di Niu @ University of Alberta


Short Bio

I’m currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Alberta.  I did my PhD in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Toronto, from 2008 to 2012. I received the B.Eng. degree in 2005 from the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Sun Yat-sen (Zhongshan) University, Guangzhou, China. Now I’m leading a team of graduate students working on exciting topics in the cross-disciplinary areas of applied machine learning, data science, artificial intelligence, and distributed systems.


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Research Areas: machine learning, data science, parallel computing, distributed systems, knowledge representation, AutoML, NLP, computer vision.

Contact me

Email: dniu@ualberta.ca

Office: D-ICE, 11-326

Curriculum Vitae

Can be provided upon request.


I encourage self-motivated students wishing to work with me to contact me via email. I have openings for the following fields:

- Software-Hardware Co-optimization for Deep Learning Acceleration (especially Transformers)

- Federated learning and privacy

- 3D computer vision, augmented reality, digital twins

- Large language models, information retrieval and search, knowledge representation, GNN

- Stable Diffusion and AIGC

  1. -Data science, AI and computer vision for environment science, e.g., Methanol Gas monitoring

  2. -Applied reinforcement learning in parallel algorithm design (HPC, parallelization in DL)


  1. Bullet Paper R5 for relational reasoning accepted to ICLR 2022 as a spotlight oral presentation 

  2. Bullet Serving on the program committee for CVPR 2022, KDD 2022 (ADS and Research tracks)

  3. Bullet Papers accepted to WSDM, CIKM, IEEE Access

  4. Bullet Serving as the TPC member of WSDM, INFOCOM, AAAI 

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

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

  7. 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 in Fall 2020