ChengXiang Zhai

ChengXiang  Zhai
ChengXiang Zhai
Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Engineering
(217) 244-4943
2116 Siebel Center for Comp Sci

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Teaching Honors

  • Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring, UIUC (two selected from the entire UIUC Campus) (2016)
  • Rose Award for Teaching Excellence, College of Engineering, UIUC (2010)
  • Accenture Outstanding Faculty Advising Award for Undergraduate Advising, UIUC (2007, 2013, 2014 )
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent (Fall 2002, Spring 2005, Fall 2006, Spring 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2014, Fall 2016, Spring 2018, Fall 2018 )

Research Honors

  • ACM SIGIR Gerard Salton Award (one given every three years by ACM SIGIR for recognition of research excellence) (2021)
  • ACM SIGIR Academy Member (inaugural class of inductees) (2020)
  • Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Engineering (one of four professors appointed by UIUC College of Engineering in 2018) (2018)
  • ACM Fellow (2017)
  • ACM SIGIR Test of Time Paper Award (2016)
  • ACM SIGIR Test of Time Paper Award (2016)
  • ACM SIGIR Test of Time Paper Award (2014)
  • Willett Faculty Scholar (2013)
  • HP Innovation Research Award (2011, 2012 )
  • IBM Faculty Award (2009)
  • ACM Distinguished Scientist (2009 (1 out of 58 named in year 2009 by ACM))
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (2008 (1 out of the 118 winners))
  • C.W. Gear Faculty Award, Department of Computer Science, UIUC (2007)
  • Microsoft Live Labs Research Award (2006)
  • The 2004 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (2004)
  • ACM SIGIR Best Paper Award, (2004 (1 out of 273 international submissions))

Recent Courses Taught

  • CS 410 - Text Information Systems
  • CS 510 - Advanced Information Retrieval
  • CS 591 TXT - Text Mining Seminar
  • CS 598 CX1 (CS 598 CXO, CS 598 CXZ, CS 598 DM, CS 598 DM1, CS 598 DM2) - Data Mining Capstone