Yufei Tao

Professor and University Senate Member

Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Sha Tin, New Territories
Hong Kong, China

Office: Room 1019, Ho Sin-Hang Engineering Building
Tel: +852-39438437
Email: taoyf@cse.cuhk.edu.hk

Publications (my favorite selection)

General Information

Research Interests
Yufei Tao's research aims to develop "small-and-sweet" algorithms: (i) small: easy to implement for deployment in practice, and (ii) sweet: having non-trivial theoretical guarantees. He particularly enjoys working on problems that arise at the cross-intersection of databases, machine learning, and theoretical computer science.

Short Bio

Major Awards
ICDT Best Paper Award 2023
GEMS of PODS 2022
ACM Fellow 2020
PODS Best Paper Award 2018
Google Faculty Research Award (2016)
SIGMOD Best Paper Award 2015
SIGMOD Best Paper Award 2013
Hong Kong Young Scientist Award 2002

All Research-Oriented Awards

Notes to Collaboration Requests
I value healthy collaborations and take authorships very seriously. Every coauthor in my papers needs to make a substantial amount of contributions. Students are reminded that their advisors, if without major contributions, will be left out from the author list. The same applies to company collaborators concerning their supervisors.


Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award 2021
Dean's Exemplary Teaching Award 2018, 2021

CSCI3160 Design and Analysis of Algorithms
CMSC5724 Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery

Past Courses at CUHK
ENGG1410 Linear Algebra and Vector Calculus
CSCI2100 Data Structures
BMEG3120 Database and Security for Biomedical Engineering
CSCI5010 Computational Geometry
CSCI5020 External Memory Data Structures
CSCI5610 Advanced Data Structures

To CUHK students: I would consider writing you a recommendation letter for graduate schools only if you meet these conditions.

Graduate Supervision

Currently, there is a PhD opening under my supervision. Applications can be sent in by email, and are accepted until the position is filled. Each application must include a detailed transcript (of the applicant's undergraduate study) and a CV that lists the applicant's awards (since high school) and publications. Applicants with background in math or theoretical algorithms are especially welcome. The accepted student is expected to research on both practical and theoretical algorithms.

Ru Wang (PhD student since 2021)
Shiyuan Deng (PhD student since 2020)

In memory of my student Yu Wang

Dr. Shangqi Lu (PhD 2022, now at Huawei)
Dr. Junhao Gan (PhD 2017, now Senior Lecturer at the Uni of Melbourne)
    Winner of the Australasian Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award (John Makepeace Bennett Award) 2018.
Dr. Xiaocheng Hu (PhD 2015, now at Google Mountain View)
Dr. Cheng Sheng (PhD 2012, now at Google Switzerland)
Prof. Xiaokui Xiao (PhD 2008, IEEE Fellow, Professor at the National Uni of Singapore)
    Winner of the Hong Kong Young Scientist Award 2009
    Winner of the ACM-HK Prof. Francis Chin Research Award 2009

I also had the pleasure of working with master students Jiexing Li, Ling Ding, Xiaobing Wu, Sze Man Yuen, and Hao Wu.

Professional Services

Distinguished PC Member at SIGMOD 2018, 2019
Distinguished Review Board Member at VLDB 2020, 2022
Distinguished Associate Editor Award at VLDB 2021
Outstanding reviewer award at KDD 2012

Keynote Speaker of ICDT 2016 (full list)

Selected Program Chairmanships (full list)
PC chair of PODS 2020
PC co-chair of ICDE 2014

ACM SIGMOD Research Highlight Award Committee Member 2023

Selected Program Committee Memberships (full list)
SIGMOD: 2007-2009, 2012, 2015, 2017 (group leader), 2018, 2019, 2022, 2023 (associate editor), 2024
VLDB: 2005, 2009, 2010, 2012-2015, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021 (associate editor), 2022, 2023
PODS: 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020 (PC chair), 2022, 2024
ICDT: 2015, 2018, 2022, 2024, 2025
ICDE: 2005, 2007-2010, 2011 (area chair), 2012, 2013, 2014 (PC co-chair), 2016 (area chair), 2017, 2019-2022
KDD: 2010-2018, senior PC member 2019-2023

Associate Editorships
ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems (TSAS) (2022-now)
Computer Science Review (CSR) (2021-now)
ACM Transactions on Database Systems (TODS) (2008-2015)
IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE) (2012-2014)