Yi Chen

Yi Chen

Associate Professor, Henry J. Leir Chair
Founding Co-Director, the Center for Big Data ,
Inaugural Director, the PhD program in Business Data Science
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Office: CAB 4028, University Heights, Newark, NJ 07102-1982
Email: yi.chen(work at) njit.edu

Short Bio

Yi Chen is an associate professor and the Henry J. Leir Chair in Healthcare in the Martin Tuchman School of Management with a joint appointment in the Ying Wu College of Computing Sciences at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Prior to joining NJIT, she was an associate professor in Arizona State University. She received her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the  University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and B.S. from Central South University in 1999. She and her research group develop cutting-edge database and data mining techniques with applications in business, healthcare and Web. Some of her projects include information discovery on big data, social media mining for healthcare, computational advertising, social computing, workflow management, and information integration. She has served in the organization and program committees for prestigious conferences, including SIGMOD, VLDB, ICDE, CIKM and SIGIR, served as an associate editor for TKDE, DAPD, PVLDB, INFORMS Journal on Computing, ECRA, and Journal of Healthcare Informatics Research, as well as a general chair for SIGMOD'2012. Yi Chen is a recipient of a Peter Chen Big Data Young Researcher Award, Excellence in Research Prize (NJIT), Outstanding Faculty Researcher in Computer Science and Engineering (ASU), Google Research Awards, IBM Faculty Awards and an NSF CAREER Award. Her research is funded by NSF, Leir Charitable Foundations, Google, IBM, Science Foundation Arizona, and DoD.

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Research Projects

RA positions available for highly motivated students with strong analytical and programming skills.

A Complete List of Publications


  • Project Management for Managers (MIS 363): Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016
  • Introduction to Business (MGMT 190): Spring 2013
  • Principles of Programming Languages (CSE 340): Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Spring 2012
  • Data on the Web (CSE 591) : Fall 2005, Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Spring 2009
  • Database Management Systems (CSE 412/598 CSB 598): Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011
  • Semi-Structured Data Management (CSE 511): Fall 2009, Spring 2011, Fall 2011
  • The ASU Experience (ASU 101): Fall 2009, Fall 2010

Recent Professional Services

A Complete List of Professional Activities