Jiahui liu

Email: jiahuiliu2009 AT u DOT northwestern DOT edu
Address: Google Inc., Building 43
               1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
               Mountain View, CA, 94043
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I currently work at Google

I completed my Ph.D. in the
Intelligent Information Laboratory, EECS Department, Northwestern University
. My Ph.D. advisor is professor Larry Birnbaum. Prior to joining Norwestern University, I received BS degree from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.




My research focuses on intelligent information retrieval based on analysis of user context. By analyzing the documents that users are reading, such as news articles, I built systems that can augment a user’s current activity with access to potentially useful information. My research explores techniques in document modeling, text clustering and classification, query formulation and automatic knowledge discovery. I also conducted user studies with my systems to investigate human factors of intelligent information access.


  • Liu, J., Dolan, P., Pederson E. “Personalized News Recommendation Based on Click Behavior”. Proceeding of the 14th International Conference on Intelligent User Interface (IUI’10). 2010. PDF
  • Liu, J., Birnbaum, L., Pardo, B. “Spectrum: Retrieving Different Points of View from the Blogosphere”. Proceeding of the 3rd Int'l AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM’09). 2009. PDF
  • Wagner, E., Liu, J., Birnbaum, L., Forbus, K. D. “Rich interfaces for reading news on the web”. Proceeding of the 13th International Conference on Intelligent User Interface (IUI’09). 2009.
  • Wagner, E., Liu, J., Birnbaum, L. “Rich Interfaces for Browsing News in Blog Posts”. Proceeding of Workshop on Visual Interfaces to the Social and the Semantic Web (VISSW'09). 2009.
  • Liu, J., Birnbaum, L., Pardo, B. "Categorizing Blogger’s Interests Based on Short Snippets of Blog Posts". Proceedings of the 16th ACM conference on Conference on information and knowledge management (CIKM'08). 2008 PDF
  • Liu, J., Birnbaum, L. 2008. "What Do They Think? Aggregating Local Views about News Events and Topics". In Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on World Wide Web (WWW'08). 2008. PDF
  • Liu, J.Liu, J., Birnbaum, L. 2008. "LocalSavvy: Aggregating Local Points of View about News Issues". Proceeding of WWW 2008 Workshop on Location on the Web (LocWeb'08), 2008. PDF
  • Wagner, E, Liu, J., Birnbaum, L. “Novel User Interfaces via Model-Mediated Information Retrieval”. Proceeding of Second Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval (HCIR’08), 2008.
  • Liu, J., Gruen, D. “Between Ontology and Folksonomy: A Study of Collaborative and Implicit Ontology Evolution”. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI’08). 2008.
  • Gruen, D., Rasmussen, J., Liu, J., Hupfer S. and Ross, S. “Collaborative Reasoning and Collaborative Ontology Development in CRAFT”. AAAI Spring Symposium on Semantic Web and Knowledge Engineering (SWKE’08). 2008.
  • Liu, J., Birnbaum, L. "Measuring Semantic Similarity between Named Entities by Searching the Web Directory", In Proceedings of IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence (WI’'07). 2007. PDF
  • Nichols, N., Liu, J., Pardo, B., Hammond, J., Birnbaum, L. “Learning to Gesture: Applying animations To Spoken Text”. In Proceedings of the 15th ACM International Conference on Multimedia (ACM MM’07). 2007.
  • Liu, J., Wagner, E., Birnbaum, L. “Compare&Contrast: Using the Web to Discover Comparable Cases for News Stories”. In Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on World Wide Web (WWW '07). 2007. PDF
  • Wagner, E., Liu, J., Birnbaum, L., Forbus, K., and Baker, J. 2006. "Using Explicit Semantic Models to Track Situations across News Articles". AAAI 2006 Workshop on Event Extraction and Synthesis. 2006.


For the projects that I worked on, please visit InfoLab's homepage


  • Editor for International Journal of Advancements in Computing Technology (IJACT)
  • Editor for Journal of Advances in Information Sciences and Service Sciences
  • Program committee on 6th International Conference on Networked Computing (INC2010)

Last Updated: June, 2009