I am currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Systems of Singapore Management University (SMU), where I teach and coordinate the Computational Thinking course, as well as lead the research activities of the Web Mining Group. Our research interest is in data mining for the Web and social media.

Before joining SMU, I was a Scientist in the Data Mining department of A*STAR's Institute for Infocomm Research. There, I helped start and oversee the ARISE project, a collaborative research effort with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and its Singapore presence ADSC.

Earlier on, I began my professional research career as a postdoctoral researcher with Microsoft Research in the United States. I was then based in Rakesh Agrawal's lab, working on research problems related to Web search and social networks.

I first learnt the craft of research at the School of Computer Engineering of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), earning PhD and BEng (1st Class) degrees along the way.  My PhD thesis focused on mining social networks from user-generated content.

I also had the great fortune of receiving several fellowship/scholarship awards for my studies.  I'm grateful for the education and the opportunities afforded me by the following generous and supportive programs: A*STAR Graduate Scholarship, Goh Keng Swee Scholarship & ASEAN Scholarships.