About Me

I'm a Ph.D. student at UC San Diego, advised by Prof. Julian McAuley. I'm interested in recommender systems, deep learning, and computer vision. Previously, I was fortunate to work with Prof. Wu-Jun Li and Prof. Zhi-Hua Zhou at LAMDA Group of Nanjing University. I did some work of learning binary representation (called learning to hash) of images for fast image retrieval.

I spent great summers at Adobe Research (San Jose, 2017) and Pinterest Labs (San Francisco, 2018) as a research intern. Next summmer I'll intern at Google Brain (Mountain View, 2019).


Self-Attentive Sequential Recommendation[pdf][preprint][code/data]

IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, ICDM'18 (long paper, acceptance rate 9%)
Wang-Cheng Kang, Julian McAuley

Recommendation through Mixtures of Heterogeneous Item Relationships[pdf][code/data]

ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, CIKM'18
Wang-Cheng Kang, Mengting Wan, Julian McAuley

Learning Consumer and Producer Embeddings for User-Generated Content Recommendation[pdf][code/data]

ACM Conference on Recommender Systems, RecSys'18
Wang-Cheng Kang, Julian McAuley

Translation-based Recommendation: A Scalable Method for Modeling Sequential Behavior[pdf][code][data]

International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IJCAI'18 (Sister Conference Best Paper Track, invited paper)
Ruining He, Wang-Cheng Kang, Julian McAuley

Translation-based Recommendation[pdf][code][data]

ACM Conference on Recommender Systems, RecSys'17 (Best Paper Runner-up)
Ruining He, Wang-Cheng Kang, Julian McAuley

Column Sampling based Discrete Supervised Hashing[pdf][code]

AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI'16
Wang-Cheng Kang, Wu-Jun Li, Zhi-Hua Zhou

Feature Learning based Deep Supervised Hashing with Pairwise Labels[pdf][code]

International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IJCAI'16 (The 2nd Most Cited Paper, 2/551)
Wu-Jun Li, Sheng Wang, Wang-Cheng Kang


  • Best Paper Runner-up ACM RecSys, 2017
  • Powell Fellowship UCSD, 2016-2019
  • CCF Outstanding Undergraduate Award CCF, 2015
  • Microsoft Young Fellowship MSRA, 2015
  • The Best Development Award (Champion) of Suning IT Elites of Campus Competition Suning, 2014
  • Gold medal of ACM-ICPC Asia Chengdu Regional Contest ACM, 2013
  • Gold medal of ACM-ICPC Asia Hangzhou Regional Contest ACM, 2013
  • 3rd place of Tencent Hackathon National Finals Tencent, 2013
  • Silver medal of National Olympiad in Informatics CCF 2011

Professional Services

PC Member & Reviewer
  • RecSys'19, NeurIPS'19, ICML'19, CogSci'19, ICWSM'19, SDM'19
  • RecSys'18 (Best Reviewer Nominee), Machine Learning Meets Fashion Workshop@KDD'18
Journal Reviewer
  • ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR)
  • IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE)
  • ACM Transactions on the Web (TWEB)
  • IEEE Access
  • PeerJ Computer Science

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