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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    We have multiple PhD openings (£15,000/year stipend + £2,000 travel grant) in the areas of big data management, graph databases, web search, and cloud computing. Students with the above interests are welcome to contact me. (Application deadline: open until filled)

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    Personal profile


    Dr Weiren Yu is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Aston University. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London.  Before joining Aston, he was a postdoc at Imperial College London, collaborating with NEC Europe for “Big Data Technologies for Smart Water Systems” Project. He got his PhD degree in 2014 from the Univeristy of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. In 2010-2014, he was a research assistant for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and National ICT Australia (NICTA).

    Weiren’s research spans web search and information retrieval, graph data management, social networks, data mining and scalable analytics, sensors and IoT, stream databases, and spatial / temporal databases. He is interested in developing effective and efficient data analysis techniques for novel data intensive applications. He received three Best Paper Awards, two CiSRA (Canon Information Systems Research Australia) Best Paper Awards, a One of the Best Papers of ICDE 2013, and a Best Student Paper Award

    He has served on various editorial boards, and as PC and an active reviewer of journals (e.g., IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data EngineeringThe VLDB JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security,  ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from DataWorld Wide Web JournalSensors) and conferences (e.g., SIGIR, SIGMOD, VLDB, ICDE, EDBT, CIKM). He is a Fellow of HEA, and a Member of ACM and IEEE.


    Best Research Paper Awards

    • Best Research Paper Award, The International Electronic Conference on Sensors and Applications (IECSA'15), Jan 2016.
    • CiSRA 2014 Best Research Paper Award ($2,000), Canon Information Systems Research Australia, Dec 2014.
    • CiSRA 2013 Best Research Paper Award ($2,000) Canon Information Systems Research Australia, Dec 2013.
    • One of the Best Papers in IEEE ICDE, The 29th International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE'13), Apr 2013.
    • Best Student Paper Award, The 12th International Conference on Web-Age Information Management (WAIM'11), Jun 2011.
    • Best Paper Runner-up Award, The 11th International Conference on Web-Age Information Management (WAIM'10), Jun 2010.
    • Best Paper Award, The 12th IEEE International Asia-Pacific Web Conference (APWeb'10), Mar 2010.

    Scholarships / Small Grants

    • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship ($24,550 p.a.), 2010 - 2014
    • NICTA Enhanced Top-up Ph.D. Fellowship ($8,000 p.a.), 2010 - 2014
    • Oracle Outstanding Research Grant ($3,000), Apr 2013
    • ACM SIGIR Donald B. Crouch Travel Grants ($2,300), Jul 2013
    • Google Research Travel Grant ($2,500), Jan 2013
    • Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS) Funding ($3,400), Jul 2012
    • ARC Network Enterprise Information Infrastructure Ph.D. Bursary ($2,200), Dec 2011

    Teaching Activity

    Teaching Activities

    My teaching covers a range of modules at different levels:

    • DC1020 - Systems Development
    • CS2040 - Multimedia Software and Applications
    • CS1060 - Computational Reasoning and Communications

    Placement Supervision

    I have been supervising a number of placement students:

    • Jeremiah Akpotohwo -  IBM
    • Mohammad Khan - TNT UK
    • Noor Ahmed - Aston IT Services
    • Tarek Ahmed - IBM
    • Mahad Mohamud Adan - Aston IT Services
    • Harpreet Singh - IBM
    • Cristy Justine
    • Amar Ashfaq

    Final-Year Projects (FYP) Supervision

    I am also mentoring a number of undergraduates for their FYPs.

    Contact Details

    Phone Number: +44 (0) 121 204 3198


    Room: MB 214B

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    Research Output 2014 2019

    • 12 Conference contribution
    • 9 Article

    An Efficient Approach for Geo-Multimedia Cross-Modal Retrieval

    Zhu, L., Long, J., Zhang, C., Yu, W., Yuan, X. & Sun, L., 9 Sep 2019, In : IEEE Access. 7, p. 180571-180589 19 p., 8827517.

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    Open Access
    Location based services
    Feature extraction

    LSTM Learning with Bayesian and Gaussian Processing for Anomaly Detection in Industrial IoT

    Wu, D., Jiang, Z., Xie, X., Wei, X., Yu, W. & Li, R., 11 Nov 2019, In : IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Neural networks
    Time series
    Decision making
    Internet of things

    PAC-GAN: An Effective Pose Augmentation Scheme for Unsupervised Cross-View Person Re-identification

    Zhang, C., Zhu, L., Zhang, S. & Yu, W., 27 Dec 2019, In : Neurocomputing.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Image retrieval

    SimRank*: effective and scalable pairwise similarity search based on graph topology

    Yu, W., Lin, X., Zhang, W., Pei, J. & Mccann, J. A., 1 Jun 2019, In : VLDB Journal. 28, 3, p. 401-426 26 p.

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    Open Access
    Data storage equipment
    Computational efficiency

    Dynamical SimRank search on time-varying networks

    Yu, W., Lin, X., Zhang, W. & McCann, J. A., 1 Feb 2018, In : VLDB Journal. 27, 1, p. 79–104 26 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Time varying networks
    Data storage equipment
    Singular value decomposition