I am currently an assistant professor in College of Information Sciences and Technology of Pennsylvania State University. My research interest lies in data mining, database systems, machine learning, and information retrieval. I am particularly focusing on mining spatial-temporal data .

I received my PhD degree from Department of Computer Science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012. My advisor was Prof. Jiawei Han. Before that, I received my Bachelor degree from Department of Computer Science at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2007. I interned at Microsoft Research at Silicon Valley in 2011, Facebook at Palo Alto in 2009, Yahoo! at Santa Clara in 2008 and Google China at Beijing in 2006.

My Curriculum Vitae


[2017.3] I am honored to receive NSF CAREER award to support my work on "Cross-Domain Urban Data Mining".
[2017.3] I am co-organizing the 6th International Workshop on Urban Computing (UrbComp 2017) in conjunction with KDD'17 conference in Halifax. Please consider submitting your work to our workshop. Paper submission deadline: May 21.
[2017.1] Thanks to the College of IST to award me the Haile Family Early Career Professorship. news
[current] I am looking for highly motivated students to work with me in data mining research area. We have multiple research assistant positions in our research group. If you are interested, please send me an email with your resume.


Email: jessieli at
Office: 301E, IST Building, University Park, PA 16802
Tel: 1-814-863-6317