Di Niu @ University of Alberta


Short Bio

I’m an Associate 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 data mining, applied machine learning, artificial intelligence, and distributed systems.

Associate Professor

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Research Areas: applied machine learning, data science, logic reasoning, parallel and distributed systems, natural language processing, knowledge representation, AutoML, computer vision.

Contact me

Email: dniu@ualberta.ca

Office: D-ICE, 11-361

Curriculum Vitae

Can be provided upon request.


I encourage self-motivated students wishing to work with me to contact me via email. I have opennings for the following fields for Fall 2022:

-AutoML, Neural Architecture Search

-Multimodal learning and pre-training

-AI for cybersecurity

-EDA and AI for circuit design, IC and device design

-AI for distributed systems, especially datacenter networks design

-Natural language processing, 3D computer vision, information retrieval, knowledge representation, logic reasoning


  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