Haipeng Zhang

Computer Science
School of Informatics and Computing
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47408

I obtained my PhD degree in Computer Science, from School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University, Bloomington.

At IU, I worked on data mining under the supervision of my advisor Prof. David Crandall. I am particularly interested in the connections between the user generated contents and the real world.

2009 - 2014 Summer 2013 Spring 2013 Summer 2012 Summer 2010 Summer 2008 Fall 2007 2005 - 2009


  • Indiana University, PhD in Computer Science, 2009/08 - 2014/09

  • Nanjing University, Bachelor of Engineering in Software Engineering, 2005/09 - 2009/06

  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, undergraduate exchange student, 2007/08 - 2007/12


  • Haipeng Zhang, Mohammed Korayem, Erkang You and David J. Crandall, "Beyond Co-occurrence: Discovering and Visualizing Tag Relationships from Geo-spatial and Temporal Similarities", in Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM) 2012 (oral, 8.3%). [pdf] [project website] [poster] [talk video] [slides]

  • Haipeng Zhang, Mohammed Korayem, David J. Crandall and Gretchen Lebuhn, "Mining Photo-sharing Websites to Study Ecological Phenomena", in World Wide Web (WWW) 2012 (oral, 12%). [pdf] [project website] [slides]

  • Haipeng Zhang, Nish Parikh, Gyanit Singh and Neel Sundaresan, "Chelsea Won, and You Bought a T-shirt: Characterizing the Interplay Between Twitter and E-Commerce", in Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM) 2013. [pdf] [poster] best paper award!

  • Haipeng Zhang, Zhixian Yan, Jun Yang, Emmanuel Munguia Tapia and David J. Crandall, "mFingerprint: Privacy-Preserving User Modeling with Multimodal Mobile Device Footprints", in Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction (SBP) 2014 (oral). [pdf] [poster]


  • Jun Yang, Zhixian Yan, Lu Luo, Xuan Bao, Haipeng Zhang and Emmanuel Munguia Tapia, "Method and Systems for On-device Social Grouping", US Patent pending.

    Media Coverage

  • Snow Snaps Give You a Better Weather Picture,

    - on New Scientist Magazine issue 2863, 11 May 2012

    - on Communications of the ACM website.


  • Research intern, Samsung Research America, Context Awareness team, mentors: Dr. Zhixian Yan, Dr. Jun Yang, Dr. Emmanuel Munguia Tapia, 2013/06 - 2013/09.

  • Research intern, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK, Computational Science, mentor: Dr. Lucas Joppa, 2013/02 - 2013/05.

  • Research intern, eBay Research Labs, Data Sciences team, mentors: Nish Parikh, Gyanit Singh, Dr. Neel Sundaresan, 2012/05 - 2012/08.

  • Research intern, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, mentors: Prof. TAKASU Atsuhiro, Prof. MASADA Tomonari, 2010/05 - 2010/08.

  • Product Developer intern, eBay China Development Center, Shanghai, in Search Backend, manager: Dr. Xiaohan Yun, 2008/07 - 2008/10.

    Selected Awards

  • Student Travel Award, Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction (SBP), 2014/03.

  • Best Paper Award, Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), 2013/08.

  • Travel Award (merit-based), IU Graduate and Professional Student Organization, 16 out of 100 applicants university-wide, 2013/11.

  • Tung OOCL Scholarship, Nanjing University, top 1% students, 2008/11.

  • Excellent Student Award, Nanjing University, top 5% students, 2008/11.

  • 2nd Grade Renmin Scholarship, Nanjing University, top 10% students, 2007/11.

  • Second Prize, National English Contest for College Students, 2006.