About

Wentao Zhang is currently a postdoc research fellow working with Prof. Jian Tang at Montreal Institute for Learning Alogorithms (Mila). Prior to that, he received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from Peking University in June 2022, supervised by Prof. Bin Cui. And he worked with Prof. Lei Chen as a visiting scholar at HKUST in 2019. Besides, Wentao has accumulated for 4 years industrial experience in Tencent and Apple Research.

Motivated by the industrial demand, Wentao’s research focuses on large-scale graph learning from three perspectives – data, model, and system. He has published 30+ papers, including 10+ first author papers in the top DB (SIGMOD, VLDB, ICDE), DM (KDD, WWW) and ML (ICML, NeurIPS, ICLR) venues. Besides, he is the contributor or designer of several system projects, including Angel GitHub Repo stars, SGL GitHub Repo stars, MindWare GitHub Repo stars, and OpenBox GitHub Repo stars. His research works have been powering several billion-scale applications in Tencent, and some of them have been recognized by multiple prestigious awards, including the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, and the Best Student Paper Award at WWW’22.

Email: wentao.zhang@mila.quebec

Wechat (微信): z1299799152

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Research Interests

Large-scale Graph Learning including the following perspectives:

What's New

  • 2022-09: One paper is accepted by NeurIPS 2022.
  • 2022-09: I am awared WAIC 2022 Yunfan Award!
  • 2022-06: I am honor to present the valedictorian for the class of 2022 in CS of PKU.
  • 2022-06: I receive my Ph.D. degree in computer science from Peking University with Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award.
  • 2022-05: One paper is accepted by the journal VLDBJ 2022.
  • 2022-05: Four papers are accepted by the conference SIGKDD 2022.
  • 2022-05: Two papers as first author, have been accepted by ICML 2022.
  • 2022-05: One paper related to AutoML, has been accepted by Bioinformatics 2022.
  • 2022-04: 🏆 We win the Best Student Paper Award in WWW 2022 !
  • 2022-04: We release our first version of the scalable graph learning toolkit–SGL.
  • 2022-03: One paper is selected as the Best Paper Award Nominees in WWW 2022. The corresponding PasCa system (integrated into SGL) will be open source next month!
  • 2022-03: One paper as corresponding author, related to GNN-based Recommendation, has been accepted by the journal ACM Computing Survey 2022 .
  • 2022-01: One paper related to graph-based recommendation, has been accepted by the conference ICDE 2022 .
  • 2022-01: One paper as first author, related to graph data annotation, has been accepted by the conference ICLR 2022 .
  • 2022-01: One paper related to our large scale Hyper-paramater Tuning system, has been accepted by the conference VLDB 2022 .
  • 2022-01: I accepted the invitation to serve as Program Committee member of the Research Track of ACM SIGKDD 2022.
  • 2022-01: One paper as first author, related to our scalable graph NAS system, has been accepted by the conference WWW 2022 .
  • 2021-12: Our OpenBox team won the “Outstanding Winner” at the openGCC contest in CCF ChinaSoft 2021. Congratulations!
  • 2021-09: Two papers as first author, related to scalable graph learning and graph data annotation, have been accepted by the conference NeurIPS 2021 with Spotlight (< 3%).
  • 2021-08: We propose GAMLP, a scalable and efficient graph model, which achieves the top #1 performance in three public and largest ogbn graphs (i.e., ogbn-papers100M, ogbn-products, and ogbn-mag)! See the leaderboards here.
  • 2021-07: One paper as first author, related to large-scale graph data selection, has been accepted by the conference VLDB 2021.
  • 2021-07: One paper as co-first author, related to deep GNN, has been accepted by the journal TKDE 2021.
  • 2021-06: One paper as third author, related to our AutoML system – VocalnoML, has been accepted by the conference VLDB 2021.
  • 2021-05: Three papers, related to sparse graph, graph decomposition and our blackbox optimization (BBO) system – OpenBox, are accepted by the conference SIGKDD 2021.
  • 2021-03: As the only person in China, I was supported by the Apple Scholars in AI/ML PhD fellowship. Many thanks to Apple!
  • 2021-03: One paper as first author has been accepted by the conference SIGMOD 2021. Looking forward to the meeting in Xi’an this summer!

Contributed Open-source Projects

  • Angel: a high-performance distributed machine learning and graph computing platform, jointly designed by Tencent and PKU. GitHub stars

  • SGL: a scalable graph learning toolkit for extremely large graph datasets. GitHub stars

  • MindWare: a powerful AutoML system, which automates feature engineering, algorithm selection and hyperparameter tuning. GitHub stars

  • OpenBox: an efficient open-source system designed for solving generalized black-box optimization (BBO) problems. GitHub stars

Program Committee Member and Reviewer

KDD, ICML, WWW, TKDE, TNNLS, etc.

Invited Talks

I am happy to give a talk if you are interested in my work. 😊

  1. Model Degradation Hinders Deep Graph Neural Networks.
    KDD’22, 2022. 08
  2. Graph Attention Multi-Layer Perceptron.
    KDD’22, 2022. 08
  3. NAFS: A Simple yet Tough-to-beat Baseline for Graph Representation Learning.
    AI Time [News]
    ICML’22, Virtual, 2022. 07
    Jiqizhixin, Virtual, 2022. 07 [News][Slides]
  4. Deep and Flexible Graph Neural Architecture Search.
    ICML’22, Virtual, 2022. 07
    Jiqizhixin, Virtual, 2022. 07
  5. Towards Large Scale Graph Learning: Data, Model and System.《大规模图学习:数据、模型与系统》
    HKUST (Guang Zhou), Virtual, 2022.04 [News]
    Stanford, Virtual, 2021.11
    Mila, Virtual, 2021.9
  6. Towards Automated Graph Learning. 《自动化图机器学习》 [Doc]
    NUDT, Virtual, 2022. 07
    HUST, 2022. 08
    Zhejiang University, 2022. 08
  7. Information gain propagation a new way to graph active learning with soft labels. 《软标签场景下的图主动学习》
    AI Time, Virtual, 2022. 06 [News]
    ICLR’22, Virtual, 2022. 04
  8. Towards Data-Centric ML.《数据驱动的机器学习》
    Apple research, 2022. 06
  9. valedictorian Speech.《北京大学计算机系2022级毕业生代表致辞》
    CS of PKU, 2022. 06 [News]
  10. PaSca: a graph neural architecture search system under the scalable paradigm. 《可扩展性的图神经结构搜索系统》
    DGL Team, Amazon, Virtual, 2022.07
    CSU, Virtual, 2022. 07
    CCF, Virtual, 2022.06 [News] [Slides]
    DataFun, Virtual, 2022.06 [Slides]
    MLNLP, Virtual, 2022.06 [News][Slides][Video]
    InfoQ, Tencent Cloud, Virtual, 2022.06 [News]
    WWW’22, Virtual, 2022.04 [Slides]
    Data Platform, Tencent, Virtual, 2022.05
  11. Towards Large-scale Graph Machine Learning. 《大规模图机器学习》 [Doc]
    HKUST, Virtual, 2022. 08 (In Preparing)
    LOGs, Virtual, 2022. 07 [Video]
  12. How to Do Research? 《浅谈科研》
    Apple Research, Virtual, 2021.12
    PKU, Virtual, 2021.12 [News-1, News-2] [Slides]

  13. The Scalability of Large-scale Graph Machine Learning.《大规模图机器学习的可扩展性》
    Tencent Big Data, Virtual, 2022.04
    NeurIPS, Virtual, 2021.12
    4Paradigm, Virtual, 2021.12
    AI Drive, 2021.12 [Video] [News] [Slides]
  14. RIM: Reliable Influence-based Active Learning on Graphs.
    NeurIPS, Virtual, 2021.12
    NeurIPS MeetUp China, 2021.12 [News] [Slides]
  15. A survey of GNN system.《GNN系统调研》
    Tencent, Virtual, 2021.12 [Slides]

  16. Graph Attention Multi-Layer Perceptron.《图注意力多层感知器》
    DataFun, Virtual, 2021.10 [News] [Slides]

Honors and Awards

  1. WAIC 2022 Yunfan Award
  2. 🏆 Best Student Paper Award of WWW 2022 (1/1822, the second WWW Best Student Paper from China), 2022
  3. IVADO Postdoctoral Fellowship, Canada
  4. Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, Peking University (Sole winner in Computer Software and Theory), 2022
  5. The first place in PhD Group of CCF Academic Show, 2022
  6. Outstanding Graduate of Beijing, China, 2022
  7. Outstanding Graduate of Peking University, 2022
  8. Candidate of May 4th Medal (Each School recommends 1 candidate), 2022
  9. The Big Data Expo Leading Technology Achievement Award, China International Big Data Industry Expo (Angel Graph project), 2022
  10. Candidate of People of the Year (1 people in EECS, and 42 people in PKU), 2021
  11. Merit Student of Beijing (2 people in EECS, and 58 people in PKU), 2021
  12. Apple PhD Fellowship (1 people in China, and 15 people in the world), 2021
  13. Open Source Collaborative Innovation Award of Tencent (Angel Graph project), 2021
  14. National Scholarship (Top 1% in PKU), 2021
  15. Pacemaker to Merit Student (Top 1% in PKU), 2021
  16. Academic Innovation Award (Top 1% in PKU), 2021
  17. Baidu Scholarship Nominee (20 people in the world), 2021
  18. Mininglamp Technology Scholarship, 2021
  19. Leo KoGuan Scholarship (Top 1% in PKU), 2020
  20. Academic Innovation Award (Top 1% in PKU), 2020
  21. Pacemaker to Merit Student (Top 1% in PKU), 2020
  22. National Scholarship (Top 1% in PKU), 2019
  23. Merit Student (Top 5% in PKU), 2019
  24. Academic Excellence Award (Top 5% in PKU), 2018

Competitions

  1. Outstanding Winner of the openGCC contest in CCF ChinaSoft (1/3814), 2021
  2. Rank #1 in Open Graph Benchmark, 2021
  3. Outstanding Winner of the BDIC Big Data Competition (1/575), 2018