Yufei Tao


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

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
SIGMOD Research Highlight Award 2018
PODS Best Paper Award 2018
Google Faculty Research Award 2016
ACM Distinguished Scientist (Awarded in 2016)
SIGMOD Best Paper Award 2015
SIGMOD Best Paper Award 2013
Hong Kong Young Scientist Award 2002

Professional Services

Keynote Speaker of ICDT 2016.

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

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

Associate Editorships
ACM Transactions on Database Systems (TODS) (2008-2015).
IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE) (2012-2014).


Dean's Exemplary Teaching Award 2019.

Current Course
CSCI3160 Design and Analysis of Algorithms.
CMSC5724 Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery.

Past Courses at CUHK
ENGG1410 Linear Algebra and Vector Calculus.
CSCI2100/ESTR2102 Data Structures.
BMEG3120 Database and Security for Biomedical Engineering.
CSCI5010 Computational Geometry.
CSCI5020 External Memory Data Structures.

Past Courses at KAIST
WST501 Fundamentals of Searching Web-Scale Datasets.
WST540 Web Search and Text Analysis.

Past Courses at UQ
COMP3506/7505 Algorithms and Data Structures.
INFS4205/7205 Advanced Techniques for High Dimensional Data.

Graduate Supervision

I believe in supervising a very small number of PhD students simultaneously. The number has never exceeded 2 in my career. 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.

Shangqi Lu (PhD student since 2018)

In memory of my student Yu Wang

Dr. Junhao Gan (PhD 2017, now 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 Moutain View)
Dr. Cheng Sheng (PhD 2012, now at Google Switzerland)
Prof. Xiaokui Xiao (PhD 2008, now Associate 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, and Sze Man Yuen.