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Taifeng Wang


Taifeng Wang(王太峰) is now a lead researcher in Artificial Intelligence group, Microsoft Research Asia. His research interests include machine learning, distributed system, internet advertising, and search engine technique. Currently, he is majorly working on large scale machine learning related topics.

He has been working on internet advertising since Sep, 2010. His research focuses on modeling users' behavior in ads system to help the search engine to deliver better ads. The research topics include ads click prediction, user behavior targeting, ads optimization etc. Before working on ads, he had developed a large scale graph learning platform (codename: Graphor) which is going to handle learning and mining tasks on graphs with billions of node. He has worked on the Graphor project for three years. He has got several papers published on large scale graph learning, as long as 10+ US patents filed regarding to distributed system.

He joined MSRA in July 2006. He got his Master(2006) degree and BS(2003) degree in Electronic Engineering from University of Science and Technology of China. He has been with MSRA as a research intern from Mar. 2005 to Jan. 2006. During his internship, he worked on news search and text mining related topics.


Our project Distributed Machine Learning Toolkit(DMTK) has been released to Github recently. It provides a  set of good tools for people who want to play with big data machine learning. And more importantly, it creates a new channel for us to advance the state of the art in distributed machine learning together with the research community. Please check out the details on the website of DMTK:


Computational Advertising

  • Yuyu Zhang, Hanjun Dai, Chang Xu, Taifeng Wang, Jiang Bian and Tie-Yan Liu, Sequential Click Prediction for Sponsored Search with Recurrent Neural Networks ,AAAI 2014
  • Jun Feng, Jiang Bian, Taifeng Wang, Wei Chen, Xiaoyan Zhu, Tie-Yan Liu, Sampling Dilemma: Towards Effective Data Sampling for Click Prediction in Sponsored Search, Proceedings of the 7th ACM international conference on Web search and data mining, Feb 2014(WSDM 2014)
  • Taifeng Wang, Jiang Bian, Shusen Liu, Yuyu Zhang, and Tie-Yan Liu, Psychological Advertising: Exploring Consumer Psychology for Click Prediction in Sponsored Search, Proceedings of the 19th ACM SIGKDD international conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, Aug 2013 (KDD 2013)
  • Chenyan Xiong, Taifeng Wang, Wenkui Ding, Yidong Shen, and Tie-Yan Liu, Relational click prediction for sponsored search, in Proceedings of the fifth ACM international conference on Web search and data mining, February 2012 (WSDM 2012)

Graph Mining & Ranking

Multimedia & HCI


  • Bin Gao, Taifeng Wang, and Tie-Yan Liu, Large-Scale Graph Mining and Learning for Information Retrieval. A half-day tutorial in the 35th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR 2012)
  • Bin Gao, Taifeng Wang, and Tie-Yan Liu, Ranking on Large-Scale Graphs with Rich Metadata. A half-day tutorial in the 20th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2011).


  • [New]Organized workshop of Deep Learning for Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM 2015)

Academic Activity:

  • Chair of DL-WSDM 2015
  • Reviewer of IPM
  • PC of IJCAI 2013
  • PC of KDD 2016, 2015, 2012
  • PC of SIGIR 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
  • PC of AIRS2011
  • PC of WWW 2014, 2011 


Email: taifengw (a)
Mailing address: 13/F, Microsoft Tower 2, No.5, Dianling Street, Haidian District, Beijing, 100080, P. R. China.

Current Interns

  • Shanwei Lin(NTU)
  • Guolin Ke(XMU)
  • Shuxin Zheng(USTC)
  • Wenyi Tang(USTC)
  • Guoqing Liu(USTC)

Previous Interns

  • Pei Li(XMU)
  • Xiaocheng Hu(USTC)
  • Qiwei Ye(PKU)
  • Guihong Ma(SYSU)
  • Yuyu Zhang (WHU->CAS)
  • Liang Pang(CAS)
  • Jingcheng Yu(Fudan)
  • Yunong Wang(USTC)
  • Wuxuan Jiang(SJTU)
  • Lanlan Liu (USTC)
  • Shujia LIu (SYSU)
  • Jun Feng (WHU->Tsinghua)
  • Shaosheng Cao (XDU)
  • SeungKeol Kim (POSTECH)
  • Shusen Liu (SCUT)
  • Huan Gui (PKU->UIUC)
  • Jaeyong Lee (POSTECH)
  • Chenyan Xiong (CAS->CMU)
  • Feichao Ma (PUK)
  • Xin Li (Tsinghua)
  • Jianshan He (PKU)
  • Chenjing Wang (BIT)
  • Shijie Xu (BUAA)
  • Yanliang Cai (PKU)
  • Chao Feng (PKU)
  • Zhicheng Yin (PKU)
  • Shuai Yuan (BUAA->UCL)
  • Diwen Zhu (Fudan->Columbia)
  • Jin Zhou (USTC)
  • Jingrui Chen (USTC)
  • Liang Tang (BIT)
  • Ming Yang (Tsinghua)
  • Minghao Liu (PKU)
  • Zhi Chen (Tsinghua)