I am a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science and Engineering Department, University of Connecticut. My advisor is Prof. Jinbo Bi. I was supervised by Prof. Fei Wang and had the opportunity to work with Prof. Viktor K. Prasanna, Dr. Jing Huang. Before I came here, I got my M.S. degree at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT). I have spent some time interning in University of Southern California (2014), Chinese Academic of Science (2015) and JD AI Research (2018).

My primary research interests are in machine learning and deep graph learning using large-scale datasets, with an emphasis on healthcare informatics, knowledge graphs, cheminformatics and bioinformatics.

Selected Experience

Research Assistant | University of Connecticut

09/2015 - Present Laboratory of Machine Learning & Health Informatics

  • Designed deep learning, machine learning methods to improve drug discovery & precision medicine.
  • Constructed the graph convolutional networks on graphs for node embedding and graph embedding.
  • Created various Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) models on domain mappings, missing imputation, etc.
  • Developed multi-view and multi-task algorithms that automatically detect disorder problems using daily living datasets.
  • Explored contextual embedding of medical concepts from Electronic Health Records (EHRs) with Word2vec.

Research Intern | JD AI Research, JD.COM Silicon Valley Research Center

05/2018 - 09/2018 SAIL-JD Knowledge Graph Research Program

  • Research Mentors: Dr. Jing Huang, Dr. Yun Tang, Dr. Xiaodong He.
  • Project: Deep Knowledge Graphs Learning from SAIL-JD Knowledge Graph Research Program
  • Methods: Structure-aware graph convolutional neural network for the link prediction and knowledge graph completion.

Co-Researcher | Yale Center for Molecular Discovery, Yale University

05/2017 - 03/2018 Machine Learning for Drug Discovery & Development

  • Designed prominent machine learning methods, especially deep learning, for the early stage of drug design.
  • Designed the molecular graph convolutional networks for learning molecular representations from undirected graphs.
  • Extended Recurrent Neural Networks and Autoencoder models for SMILES strings, to learn sensible chemical rules and generate synthesizable molecules encoded as text sequences.

Research Assistant | University of Southern California

07/2014 - 11/2014 Data Science Laboratory

  • Developed effective knowledge discovery and data mining techniques for emerging unstructured data.
  • Implemented script codes to extract the patterns, relevant terms and its associated parameters.

Research Intern | Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences

03/2015 - 08/2015

  • Built a high-performance computing platform on GPUs to accelerate deep learning research.
  • Constructed deep learning models to extract image features.

Research Assistant | Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications

09/2012 - 03/2015

  • Analyzed the limitations of Wireless Sensor Network, Information Centric Networking, etc.
  • Design and simulate effective congestion control and scheduling algorithms.


End-to-end Structure-Aware Convolutional Networks for Knowledge Base Completion
Chao Shang, Yun Tang, Jing Huang, Jinbo Bi, Xiaodong He, and Bowen Zhou. The AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), 2019. (acceptance rate of 16.2%) Code

Edge Attention-based Multi-Relational Graph Convolutional Networks
Chao Shang, Qinqing Liu, Ko-Shin Chen, Jiangwen Sun, Jin Lu, Jinfeng Yi, and Jinbo Bi. arXiv preprint arXiv:1802.04944, 2018. Code

Joint Modeling of Heterogeneous Sensing Data for Depression Assessment via Multi-task Learning
Jin Lu, Chao Shang, Chaoqun Yue, Reynaldo Morillo, and Shweta Ware, Jayesh Kamath, Athansios Bamis, Alexander Russell, Bing Wang, and Jinbo Bi. ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp), 2018 (ACM Journal of IMWUT)

Large-scale Automatic Depression Screening Using Meta-data from WiFi Infrastructure
Shweta Ware, Chaoqun Yue, Reynaldo Morillo, Jin Lu, Chao Shang, Jayesh Kamath, Athanasios Bamis, Jinbo Bi, Alexander Russell and Bing Wang. Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies, 2018.

Fusing Location Data for Depression Prediction
Chaoqun Yue, Shweta Ware, Reynaldo Morillo, Jin Lu, Chao Shang, Jinbo Bi, Jayesh Kamath, Alexander Russell, Athanasios Bamis and Bing Wang. IEEE Transactions on Big Data, 2018.

VIGAN: Missing View Imputation with Generative Adversarial Networks
Chao Shang, Aaron Palmer, Jiangwen Sun, Ko-Shin Chen, Jin Lu, Jinbo Bi.
IEEE International Conference on Big Data (BIGDATA), 2017 (acceptance rate of 18%) Code

Fusing Location Data for Depression Prediction
Chaoqun Yue, Shweta Ware, Reynaldo Morillo, Jin Lu, Chao Shang, Jinbo Bi, Jayesh Kamath, Alexander Russell, Athanasios Bamis and Bing Wang. IEEE Ubiquitous Intelligence & Computing (UIC), 2017

Event Extraction from Unstructured Text Data
Chao Shang, Anand Panangadan, and Victor K. Prasanna.
International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications (DEXA), 2015

A carrier class IoT service architecture integrating IMS with SWE
Dongliang Xie, Chao Shang, Jinchao Chen, Yongfang Lai, and Chuanxiao Pang.
International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks, 2014


  • AAAI-19 Student Scholarship
  • 2018 Predoctoral Honorable Mention Award.
  • 2018 the 4th Annual Graduate Poster Competition, Computer Science & Engineering First Place Award.
  • 2017 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Student Travel Award.
  • 2014 National Scholarship for Graduate Students.

X Machine Learning(XML) Group

The X Machine Learning (XML) group focuses on machine learning and deep learning algorithms for solving problems involving data with special structure, with an emphasis on healthcare informatics and bioinformatics.

Professional Services

  • Reviewer of IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems.
  • Reviewer of American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Clinical Informatics Conference.
  • Reviewer of PLOS ONE journal.

Teaching Experience

  • CSE-1010 Introduction to Computing for Engineers (09/2016-05/2017)
  • CSE-5820 Machine Learning (01/2017-05/2017)


Email: chao.shang AT uconn.edu
Address: 371 Fairfield Way, Unit 4155, Storrs, Conntecticut 06269