Xiaoli Fern

Associate Professor
Computer Science
Education: 
  • Ph.D, Computer Engineering, ECE, Purdue University, Indiana, USA 2005
  • M.S. Institute of Image Processing and Pattern Recognition, Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ., Shanghai, China 2000
  • B.S. Automation, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China 2000
Biography: 

Dr. Xiaoli Fern is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Oregon State University. She received her Ph.D. (2005) in Computer Engineering from Purdue University and her M.S. (2000) and B.S. (1997) degrees from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Her research interests are in machine learning and data mining, specifically in the area of unsupervised learning, including clustering, correlation analysis, dimension reduction, outlier detection and frequent pattern mining. She is particularly interested in scientific applications of data mining and is an active faculty member of the IGERT Ecosystem Informatics program at OSU.

Research Interests: 

My general research interests are in the area of data mining and machine learning. I am particularly interested in the following areas:

  • Ensemble methods for unsupervised learning
  • Multi-view clustering of data
  • Interactive unsupervised learning for self trained systems
  • Core cluster identification
  • Data mining interpretability issues
  • Active learning

 

I also work in a variety of application areas:

  • Ecological and enviromental science
  • Biological data analysis - gene sequence and expression data analysis
  • Human Computer interaction Data analysis
  • Bioacoustics
2013
Chen, Y., A. Groce, C. Zhang, W. - K. Wong, X. Z. Fern, E. Eide, and J. Regehr, "Taming compiler fuzzers", ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation: Seattle, Washington, pp. 197-208, 06/2013. Abstract
2012
Briggs, F., X. Z. Fern, and R. Raich, "Rank-loss support instance machines for MIML instance annotation", CM SIGKDD Conf. on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, Beijing, China, ACM Press, pp. 534-542, 08/2012. Abstract
Behmardi, B., F. Briggs, X. Z. Fern, and R. Raich, "Regularized joint density estimation for multi-instance learning", IEEE Statistical Signal Processing Workshop (SSP), Ann Arbor, MI, IEEE, pp. 740 - 743, 08/2012. Abstract
Azimi, J., A. Fern, X. Z. Fern, G. Borradaile, and B. Heeringa, "Batch Active Learning via Coordinated Matching", International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), Edinburgh, Scotland, 07/2012. Abstract
Azimi, J., A. Jalali, and X. Z. Fern, "Hybrid Batch Bayesian Optimization", International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2012), Edinburgh, Scotland, 07/2012. Abstract
Liu, L. - P., and X. Z. Fern, "Constructing Training Sets for Outlier Detection", Proceedings of SIAM International Conference on Data Mining, Anaheim, California, pp. 919-929, 04/2012. Abstract
Azimi, J., R. Zhang, Y. Zhou, V. Navalpakkam, J. Mao, and X. Z. Fern, "The impact of visual appearance on user response in online display advertising", Proceedings of the 21st World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2012), Lyon, France, ACM Press, pp. 457, 04/2012. Abstract
2011
Azimi, J., A. Fern, and X. Z. Fern, "Budgeted Optimization with Concurrent Stochastic-Duration Experiments", Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 24, Granada, Spain, pp. 1098–1106, 12/2011. Abstract
Azimi, J., A. Jalali, and X. Z. Fern, "Dynamic Batch Bayesian Optimization", CoRR, vol. abs/1110.3347, 12/2011. Abstract
Sorower, S., T. G. Dietterich, J. R. Doppa, W. Orr, P. Tadepalli, and X. Z. Fern, "Inverting Grice's Maxims to Learn Rules from Natural Language Extractions", 2011 Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS-2011), Granada, Spain, pp. 1053-1061, 12/2011. Abstract
Azimi, J., A. Fern, and X. Z. Fern, "Active Function Optimization with Multiple Stochastic-Duration Experiments", ICML Workshop on Combining Learning Strategies to Reduce Label Cost, Bellevue, Washington, 07/2011.
Sorower, M. S., T. G. Dietterich, J. R. Doppa, P. Tadepalli, and X. Z. Fern, "Learning Rules from Incomplete Examples via a Probabilistic Mention Model", IJCAI 2011 Workshop on Learning by Reading and its Applications in Intelligent Question-Answering, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, 07/2011. Abstract
Doppa, J. R., M. NasrEsfahani, M. S. Sorower, J. Irvine, T. G. Dietterich, X. Z. Fern, and P. Tadepalli, "Learning Rules from Incomplete Examples via Observation Models", IJCAI 2011 Workshop on Learning by Reading and its Applications in Intelligent Question-Answering, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, 07/2011. Abstract
Neal, L., F. Briggs, R. Raich, and X. Z. Fern, "Time-frequency segmentation of bird song in noisy acoustic environments", 2011 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Prague, Czech Republic, IEEE, pp. 2012 - 2015, 05/2011. Abstract
2010
Azimi, J., A. Fern, and X. Z. Fern, "Batch Bayesian Optimization via Simulation Matching", Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 23, pp. 109–117, 12/2010. Abstract
Fern, X. Z., I. Davidson, and J. G. Dy, "MultiClust 2010: discovering, summarizing and using multiple clusterings", ACM SIGKDD Explorations Newsletter, vol. 12, issue 2, pp. 47, 12/2010. Abstract
Cui, Y., X. Z. Fern, and J. G. Dy, "Learning multiple nonredundant clusterings", ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data, vol. 4, issue 3, pp. 1 - 32, 10/2010. Abstract
Azimi, J., X. Z. Fern, A. Fern, E. Burrows, F. Chaplen, Y. Fan, H. Liu, J. Jaio, and R. Schaller, "Myopic Policies for Budgeted Optimization with Constrained Experiments", AAAI, Atlanta, Georgia, pp. AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-10), 07/2010. Abstract
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Fern, X. Z., C. Komireddy, V. Grigoreanu, and M. M. Burnett, "Mining problem-solving strategies from HCI data", ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, vol. 17, issue 1, pp. 1 - 22, 03/2010. Abstract
2009
Azimi, J., P. Cull, and X. Z. Fern, "Clustering Ensembles Using Ants Algorithm", Proceedings of the 3rd International Work-Conference on The Interplay Between Natural and Artificial Computation: Part I: Methods and Models in Artificial and Natural Computation. A Homage to Professor Mira's Scientific Legacy, Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer-Verlag, pp. 295–304, 2009. Abstract
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Briggs, F., R. Raich, and X. Z. Fern, "Audio Classification of Bird Species: A Statistical Manifold Approach", Ninth IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM), Miami Beach, FL, IEEE, pp. 51 - 60, 12/2009. Abstract