Shichang Zhang

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About Me

I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Data Mining Lab working with Professor Yizhou Sun. My research is generously supported by the J.P. Morgan Chase AI Ph.D. Fellowship and the Amazon Fellowship. Before joining UCLA, I received my B.A. and M.S. both in Statistics from Berkeley and Stanford respectively.

I organize the UCLA Data Mining Reading Group. The reading group includes cutting-edge research papers, AI courses, and guest talks. Our AI course for this quarter is Physics-Informed Machine Learning (PIML). In the past, we have covered diffusion models, large language models, differential geometry, probabilistic graphical models, spectral graph theory, and neural radiance fields. Please find past slides and recordings here. My presentations at the reading group can be found under Talks.

Please feel free to email me if you are interested in becoming a guest speaker. We especially welcome senior-year PhDs to practice their job talks and the first authors to present their recent work.


3551 (ScAI Lab), Bolter Hall, UCLA, CA, 90095
E-mail: shichang AT cs DOT ucla DOT edu
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What's New

  • [Dec 2023] Our paper on LLM-based explainable molecular concept learning is accepted by the XAI4Sci workshop at AAAI 2024

  • [Dec 2023] Our paper on GNNs for metallic glasses is accepted by the AI4Mat workshop at NeurIPS 2023 [PDF]

  • [Oct 2023] Our paper on graph-based XAI for ICU length of stay prediction is accepted by WITS 2023 [PDF]

  • [Aug 2023] Certified Excellence in Reviewing for KDD 2023 (30 in 1551)

  • [July 2023] I am excited to be selected as one of the 2023 Amazon Fellows

  • [July 2023] I am excited to receive the J.P. Morgan Chase AI Ph.D. Fellowship

  • [July 2023] Give a talk on the PaGE-Link paper at Amazon Trans.AI Research Talk Series [slides]

  • [June 2023] Our survey paper on GNN acceleration is on arXiv now, which covers algorithms, systems, and customized hardware [PDF]

  • [April 2023] One paper on GNN distillation for link prediction is accepted by ICML 2023 [PDF]

  • [Feb 2023] Give a talk on the GStarX paper at AI TIME NeurIPS Talk Series [slides][video (in Chinese, starting from 00:19:05)]

  • [Jan 2023] One paper on GNN explanation for link prediction is accepted by WWW 2023 [PDF]
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Research Interests

My research interests include

  • Explainable AI

  • Graph Data Mining

  • Large Language Models

  • Model Efficiency

  • Self-supervised Learning

Recent Publications and Pre-prints

  1. Explainable Molecular Concept Learning with Large Language Models (XAI4Sci@AAAI 2024)
    Qianli Wu*, Shichang Zhang*, Botao Xia, Zimin Zhang, Fang Sun, Ziniu Hu, Yizhou Sun (*equal contribution)

  2. Laplacian Score Benefit Adaptive Filter Selection for Graph Neural Networks (SDM 2024)
    Yewen Wang, Shichang Zhang, Junghoo Cho, Yizhou Sun

  3. Predicting and Interpreting Energy Barriers of Metallic Glasses with Graph Neural Networks (AI4Mat@NeurIPS 2023)
    Haoyu Li*, Shichang Zhang*, Longwen Tang, Mathieu Bauchy, Yizhou Sun (*equal contribution) [PDF]

  4. Predicting ICU Length of Stay: A Graph Learning-based Explainable AI Approach (WITS 2023)
    Tianjian Guo, Shichang Zhang, Indranil Bardhan, Ying Ding [PDF]

  5. SciBench: Evaluating College-Level Scientific Problem-Solving Abilities of Large Language Models (MATH-AI@NeurIPS 2023)
    Xiaoxuan Wang, Ziniu Hu, Pan Lu, Yanqiao Zhu, Jieyu Zhang, Satyen Subramaniam, Arjun R Loomba, Shichang Zhang, Yizhou Sun, Wei Wang [PDF] [code]

  6. A Survey on Graph Neural Network Acceleration: Algorithms, Systems, and Customized Hardware (pre-print)
    Shichang Zhang, Atefeh Sohrabizadeh, Cheng Wan, Zijie Huang, Ziniu Hu, Yewen Wang, Yingyan (Celine) Lin, Jason Cong, Yizhou Sun [PDF]

  7. Linkless Link Prediction via Relational Distillation (ICML 2023)
    Zhichun Guo, William Shiao, Shichang Zhang, Yozen Liu, Nitesh Chawla, Neil Shah, Tong Zhao [PDF] [code]

  8. PaGE-Link: Graph Neural Network Explanation for Heterogeneous Link Prediction (WWW 2023)
    Shichang Zhang, Jiani Zhang, Xiang Song, Soji Adeshina, Da Zheng, Christos Faloutsos, Yizhou Sun. [PDF][code]

  9. GStarX: Explaining Graph Neural Networks with Structure-Aware Cooperative Games (NeurIPS 2022)
    Shichang Zhang, Neil Shah, Yozen Liu, Yizhou Sun [PDF] [code]

  10. Graph-less Neural Networks, Teach Old MLPs New Tricks via Distillation (ICLR 2022)
    Shichang Zhang, Yozen Liu, Yizhou Sun, Neil Shah [PDF] [code]

  11. Graph Condensation for Graph Neural Networks (ICLR 2022)
    Wei Jin, Lingxiao Zhao, Shichang Zhang, Yozen Liu, Jiliang Tang, Neil Shah [PDF] [code]

Full list of publications

Honors and Awards