I am a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, mentored by Prof. Ras Bodik. My current research is on developing tools to help social scientists and other researchers build ontologies and extract semantic data from the Web without extensive programing training.
Before that, I obtained my PhD from the University of Michigan, co-advised by Prof. Mike Cafarella and Prof. H. V. Jagadish in the Database Research Group. My PhD research was on helping users query relational databases more easily without needing to learn complex languages like SQL.
I am a believer in Jesus Christ, happily married to my wife Sharon since 2017, and in my spare time enjoy trying new foods and writing Yelp reviews, playing acoustic guitar, basketball, and reading books. I love Michigan football (and to a lesser extent, basketball) and hence will be generally preoccupied on Saturdays in the fall season.
- Jun. 2020 - Presented our paper on Duoquest at SIGMOD 2020.
- Apr. 2020 - Started as a postdoc working with Prof. Ras Bodik at the University of Washington.
- Mar. 2020 - Our paper on Duoquest, a dual-specification SQL synthesis system, has been accepted to SIGMOD 2020!
- Mar. 2020 - Performed my defense at the University of Michigan!
- Jan. 2020 - Presented dual-specification SQL query synthesis and an abstract on a fragment-driven natural language interface for databases at CIDR 2020 in Amsterdam.
- Dec. 2019 - Presented dual-specification SQL query synthesis at the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) Symposium in Ann Arbor, MI.
- Aug. 2019 - Presented disambiguating natural language queries at the CAST workshop at VLDB 2019 in Los Angeles, CA.
- Apr. 2019 - Presented a means to improve natural language interfaces to databases with SQL query logs at ICDE 2020 in Macao.
- Jan. 2019 - My colleague, Zhongjun (Mark) Jin, presented a demo on multiresolution schema mapping at CIDR 2019 in Asilomar, CA.