Sonal Gupta

Sendong (Stan) Zhao(赵森栋)

PhD Candidate

Research Center for Social Computing and Information Retrieval

School of Computer Science and Technology

Harbin Institute of Technology

I am currently a doctoral candidate at Harbin Institute of Technology, affiliated with the center for Social Computing and Information Retrieval (SCIR), supervised by Ting Liu. From 2015 to 2016, I am a joint Ph.D student at the Text Information Management and Analysis Group (TIMAN), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), supervised by ChengXiang Zhai. I am interested in Knowledge Extraction, Causal Discovery, Natural Language Processing and Social Computing. Earlier, I have worked on informaiton security.



  • Sendong Zhao, Bing Qin, Ting Liu. Mining Medical Causality for Diagnosis Assistance. ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (ACM WSDM 2017).
  • Sendong Zhao, Quan Wang, Sean Massung, Bing Qin, Ting Liu, ChengXiang Zhai. Constructing and Embedding Abstract Event Causality Networks from Text Snippets. ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (ACM WSDM 2017) (Full paper, acceptance rate: 15.8%) (paper).
  • Sendong Zhao, Ting Liu, Sicheng Zhao, Yiheng Chen, Jian-Yun Nie. Event Causality Extraction Based on Connectives Analysis. Neurocomputing 173, 1943-1950, 2015. (paper)
  • 赵森栋, 刘挺. 因果关系及其在社会媒体上的应用研究综述. 软件学报,2014,25(12):2733-2752 . ( paper)
  • Sendong Zhao, Ding Wang, Sicheng Zhao, Wu Yang. Cookie-Proxy: A Scheme to Prevent SSLStrip Attack. In Proceeding of the 14th International Conference on Information and Communications Security (ICICS 2012). (paper)
  • Sendong Zhao, Wu Yang, Ding Wang, Wenzhen Qiu. A New Scheme with Secure Cookie against SSLStrip Attack. In Proceeding of the 2012 International Conference on Web Information Systems and Mining.
  • Sicheng Zhao, Hongxun Yao, Sendong Zhao, Xuesong Jiang, Xiaolei Jiang.Multi-modal microblog classification via multi-task learning. Multimedia Tools and Applications, 1-18, 2014.
  • Ding Wang, Chungguang Ma, Sendong Zhao, Changli Zhou. Breaking a Robust Remote User Authentication Scheme using Smart Cards. In Proceeding of the 9th IFIP International Conference on Network and Parallel Computer (IFIP-NPC).
  • Chunguang Ma, Ding Wang, Sendong Zhao. Security flaws in two improved remote user authentication schemes using smart cards. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS (INT J COMMUN SYST).
  • Ding Wang, Chungguang Ma, Sendong Zhao. Secure Password-based Remote User Authentication Scheme against Smart Cards Security Breach. Journal of Networks.



My bachelor thesis is "Design and Realization of a Chinese Word Segmentation System". When I was doing my Master degree, I worked on information securuty with my partner Wang Ding. At that time, I did some researches on network attacks & defending, secure authentication protocol and software security. My Master thesis is "Research of Secure Socket Layer MitM Attacks and Defending".

In the grad school, I have taken following relevant courses:

Information Retrieval; Pattern Recognition; Networks; Theory of Matrices; Theory of Computation; Machine Learning; Theory of Probability


I was born and brought up in a beautiful and quiet city-Linyi city of Shandong Province, which is a historic city and the hometown of Sage of Calligraphy(Wang Xizhi), Zhisheng(Zhuge Liang) and Count St.(Liu Hong).

My interests are very wide, including Chinese kung fu, music, basketball, badminton, traveling, history and Chinese medicine.


Mathematical Contest in Modeling(MCM/ICM) "Meritorious Winner"

China Undergraduate Mathematical Contest in Modeling(CUMCM) "National Second Prize"

China Undergraduate Mathematical Contest in Modeling(CUMCM) "Provincial First Prize"

ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest "Provincial Second Prize"

2008 "National Scholarship"

2012 "National Graduate Scholarship"

2016 "National Graduate Scholarship"

WSDM 2017 Travel Grant


Email: sdzhao AT ir DOT hit DOT edu DOT cn and zhao.sendong AT gmail DOT com

Postal Address: No.29, Jiaohua Street, Nangang District, Harbin, Heilongjiang, P.R. China 150006

Office Location: 6th floor of the NO.29, Jiaohua Street