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 Text Data Mining and Biomedical Informatics. Earlier, I have worked on informaiton security.



  • Zhongyang Li, Sendong Zhao, Xiaoding, Ting Liu. EEG: Knowledge Base for Event Evolutionary Principles and Patterns. In SMP 2017.

  • Sendong Zhao, Meng Jiang, Quan Yuan, Bing Qin, Ting Liu, ChengXiang Zhai. ContextCare: Incorporating Contextual Information Networks to Representation Learning on Medical Forum Data. In IJCAI 2017. (paper, slide).

  • Sendong Zhao, Bing Qin, Ting Liu. Mining Medical Causality for Diagnosis Assistance. In WSDM 2017.

  • Sendong Zhao, Quan Wang, Sean Massung, Bing Qin, Ting Liu, ChengXiang Zhai. Constructing and Embedding Abstract Event Causality Networks from Text Snippets. In WSDM 2017. (acceptance rate: 15.8%) (paper).

  • Sendong Zhao, Ting Liu, Sicheng Zhao, Yiheng Chen, Jian-Yun Nie. Event Causality Extraction Based on Connectives Analysis. In Neurocomputing, 2015, 173:1943-1950. (IF =3.317) (paper)

  • Sendong Zhao, Ting Liu. Causality and Its Applications in Social Media: A Survey. Journal of Software, 2014,25(12):2733-2752 . ( paper)

  • 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. (IF =1.331)

  • Chunguang Ma, Ding Wang, Sendong Zhao. Security flaws in two improved remote user authentication schemes using smart cards. INT J COMMUN SYST, 2014,27(10):2215–2227. (IF =1.099, ESI highly cited paper (top 1%))

  • Ding Wang, Chungguang Ma, Sendong Zhao. Secure Password-based Remote User Authentication Scheme against Smart Cards Security Breach. Journal of Networks, 2013,8(1):148-155.

  • Sendong Zhao, Ding Wang, Sicheng Zhao, Wu Yang. Cookie-Proxy: A Scheme to Prevent SSLStrip Attack. In ICICS 2012. (paper)

  • Sendong Zhao, Wu Yang, Ding Wang, Wenzhen Qiu. A New Scheme with Secure Cookie against SSLStrip Attack. In WISM 2012.

  • Ding Wang, Chungguang Ma, Sendong Zhao, Changli Zhou. Breaking a Robust Remote User Authentication Scheme using Smart Cards. In IFIP-NPC 2012.



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

Professional Activities

Secondary Reviewer: WWW 2014, ACL 2014, AAAI 2015, ACL 2015, IJCAI 2016

Reviewer: CIKM 2017, ICDM 2017, NLPCC 2017


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

IJCAI 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