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Rui Dong

PhD Student

Rui Dong


Office Location

440 Huntington Avenue
472 West Village H
Boston, MA 02115


Rui Dong is a PhD student in Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science, advised by Professor Lu Wang. Rui’s research areas include data science, machine learning, and network science, and she is in the Data Mining Research Group at Northeastern. She spent her undergraduate studies at the East China Normal University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in information science and technology in July of 2011. She received her master’s degree from Fudan University’s School of Computer Science, in July of 2014.


  • MS in Computer Science, Fudan University – China
  • BE in Information Technology, East China Normal University – China

About Me

  • Hometown: China
  • Field of Study: Data Mining, Social Network Analysis, Machine Learning
  • PhD Advisor: Lu Wang

What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?

I mainly focus on user-interest and opinion-mining in social networks.

What are your research interests?

I am now interested in designing a unified model to understand users’ interests and positions according to their comments on news websites.

What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?

I would like to explore people’s interests and stances according to their words posted on social networks, and I want to understand the public opinion of hot issues.

What aspect of what you do is most interesting?

Combining people’s words and their interactions with other people in order to explore their stance is less explored now–most existing work is focused on the document-level or sentence-level opinion mining while ignoring the user-topic level opinion mining.

What are your research or career goals, going forward?

I would like to work in a research lab or in universities to continue my research after I graduate.