Sheng Li

Assistant Professor, School of Data Science

178 Elson, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903
Email: shengli [AT] virginia.edu

Research Interests: Trustworthy Representation Learning (e.g., Robustness, Fairness, Causality, Transferability); Computer Vision; Interdisciplinary Applications (Bioinformatics, Biomedical Informatics, Public Health, Ecology, Education, etc.)

Openings: I am continuously looking for highly-motivated Ph.D. students to work on machine learning, computer vision and causal inference. Please send me your CV if interested.

Short Bio: Sheng Li is an Assistant Professor of Data Science at the University of Virginia (UVA). Prior to joining UVA, he was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Georgia from 2018 to 2022, and a Data Scientist at Adobe Research from 2017 to 2018. He received his PhD degree in Computer Engineering from Northeastern University in 2017 under the supervision of Prof. Yun Raymond Fu. He received his Master degree and Bachelor degree from School of Computer Science at Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 2012 and 2010, respectively. His recent research interests include trustworthy representation learning, graph neural networks, visual intelligence, and causal inference. He has published over 120 papers, and has received over 10 research awards, such as the INNS Aharon Katzir Young Investigator Award, Fred C. Davidson Early Career Scholar Award, Adobe Data Science Research Award, Cisco Faculty Research Award, and SDM Best Paper Award. He has served as Associate Editor for seven international journals such as IEEE Trans. Neural Networks and Learning Systems (TNNLS) and IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (TCSVT), and has served as an Area Chair for NeurIPS, IJCAI and ICLR.

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  • 01/2023, Three papers on fair graph learning, continual federated learning, and few-shot transfer learning are accepted at ICLR 2023.
  • 01/2023, One paper is accepted by Bioinformatics; One paper is accepted by JMIR AI.
  • 12/2022, Seven papers are accepted at ICDE 2023, SDM 2023, Briefings in Bioinformatics, AAAI-23 Bridge Program, and ICAART 2023.
  • 12/2022, I accepted the invitation to serve as Area Chair for ICML 2023.
  • 11/2022, I accepted the invitation to serve as Area Chair for IJCAI 2023.
  • 10/2022, One paper on scene graph generation is accepted at WACV 2023; Two papers on visual learning are accepted at IEEE BigData 2022.
  • 09/2022, I will co-organize a tutorial (Machine Learning for Causal Inference) and a workshop (AI for Web Ads) at AAAI 2023.
  • 09/2022, Received the Adobe Data Science Research Award.
  • 09/2022, One paper on causality guided model interpretation is accepted by IEEE Trans. Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE).
  • 08/2022, Received a HHS R01 Grant (as Co-I; PI: Prof. Andrea Sikora) to develop AI based health IT tools to assist critical care pharmacists.
  • 08/2022, I accepted the invitations to serve as Tutorial Co-Chair and Senior PC member for SDM 2023, and Area Chair for ICLR 2023.
  • 08/2022, Two papers are accepted at ACM CIKM 2022; One paper is accepted at MICCAI-MLMI 2022.
  • 07/2022, Received an NIH U01 Grant (as Co-I; PI: Prof. Natarajan Kannan) to annotate dark ion-channel functions by language modeling.
  • 06/2022, Received an NIH R01 Supplement Grant (as Co-I; PI: Prof. Donglan Zhang) to examine disparities in ADRD using machine learning.
  • 05/2022, One paper on class-imbalanced domain adaptation is accepted at KDD 2022.
  • 05/2022, My PhD student Zhongliang Zhou received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award from CS department.
  • 04/2022, One paper on knowledge-infused agricultural language models is accepted at IJCAI 2022 (AI for Good Track).
  • 03/2022, I accepted the invitation to serve as Area Chair for NeurIPS 2022.
  • 03/2022, Received a Home Depot Gift Grant (PI) to support our research on deep learning and knowledge graph.
  • 03/2022, Received a DoD Grant (PI) through KRI to support our research on visual intelligence.
  • 03/2022, One paper on multi-task adversarial learning and causal inference is accepted at CHIL 2022.
  • 03/2022, Received an USGS Grant (Sole PI) to support our research on individual fish identification.
  • 02/2022, I accepted the invitation to serve as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems (T-NNLS).
  • 02/2022, I received the Best Associate Editor Award from IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology.
  • 01/2022, One paper on open-set single domain generalization is accepted at ICLR 2022.

Awards and Honors

  • Fred C. Davidson Early Career Scholar Award, 2022
  • Best Associate Editor Award, IEEE TCSVT, 2022
  • CS Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, 2021
  • INNS Aharon Katzir Young Investigator Award, 2020
  • CS Faculty Research Excellence Award, 2020
  • M. G. Michael Award, 2020
  • Adobe Data Science Research Award, 2019
  • Baidu Research Fellowship, 2016-2017
  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad, 2015-2016
  • NEU Outstanding Graduate Student Award, 2014-2015
  • Best Paper Award, SDM 2014
  • Best Paper Award Candidate, ICME 2014
  • Best Student Paper Honorable Mention Award, FG 2013

Services

  • Panelist: NSF (III, NAIRI, CRII, GRFP), CDC
  • Associate Editor: IEEE Trans. Neural Networks and Learning Systems (2022 - ), IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (2021 - ), IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine (2019 - ), Neurocomputing (2017 - 2022), Journal of Electronic Imaging (2018 - 2022), IET Image Processing (2017 - 2020)
  • Editorial Board Member: Frontiers in Signal Processing (2021 - ), Neural Computing and Applications (2017 - )
  • Program Chair: CVPR-AMFG (2021), IJCAI-Tusion (2020), IJCAI-Tusion (2019), CVPR-AMFG (2019)
  • Tutorial Co-Chair: SDM (2023)
  • Publicity Chair: ICMLA (2016), TCMFTL (2016), AMFG (2015-2017)
  • Area Chair: ICML (2023), IJCAI (2023), NeurIPS (2022), ICLR (2022-2023), ICPR (2020-2022), VCIP (2017)
  • SPC Member: IJCAI (2020-2021), AAAI (2019-2022), SDM (2023)

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