Dr. Wei Ding Wei's name in Chinese Chinese pronounciation
Associate Professor
Director of the Knowledge Discovery Lab
Department of Computer Science
School for the Environment (Faculty Affiliate)
College of Science and Mathematics
University of Massachusetts Boston

100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3393

Office: S-3-179 Science Building
Office Phone: 617.287.6428
KDLab Phone: 617.287.6438
Fax: 617.287.6433
Email: wei.ding@umb.edu

"I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand."
- Confucius

Wei's main research interests include Data Mining, Computational Semantics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and with applications to astronomy, geosciences, and environmental sciences.

Wei is the faculty advisor of the Women-In-Science club (WINS) at UMass Boston. She is the faculty representative of UMass Boston for the National Center for Women & Information Technology.


Wei Ding received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas in May 2008, then joined the Department of Computer Science of UMass Boston as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2008. Wei received her BS degree in Computer Science and Applications from Xi'an Jiao Tong University and her MS degree in Software Engineering from George Mason University (find her at the Software Engineering Academic Genealogy).

From 2002 to 2008, Wei had been a full-time lecturer of the Computer Science and Computer Information Systems programs at the University of Houston - Clear Lake (UHCL). Wei has 8-year full-time working experience in banking, software development, and web technology. Wei worked as a software engineer for the Bank of China, a software testing engineer for Microsoft (China) Ltd., a systems analyst and project manager for PanSky International Holding Co. Ltd, a quality assurance team leader for MultiCity.com, and a technical consultant and software engineer for VeriSign Inc. She is a senior member of the IEEE and a senior member of the ACM.


  • 2016 Spring, In collaboration with Dr. Scott Crouter at the University of Tennessee and Dr. Eamonn Keogh at the University of California Riverside, Dr. Wei Ding's NIH R01 proposal on Novel Approaches for Predicting Free-Living Physical Activities in Youth has been selected for funding (PI, Total Budget ~$2,400,000, UMass Boston Share ~$760,000)
  • 2015 Fall, Sabbatical Visit, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, MA (host: Professor John Quackenbush)
  • 01/2015, In collaboration with Dr. John Quackenbush at Harvard, Dr. Wei Ding received an $200,000 award from NVidia to work on advanced data mining to discover disease subtypes in cancer.
  • 05/2015, Dr. Wei Ding received a $67,500 award from TCL for her data mining research.
  • 12/2014, Dr. Wei Ding received a $18,000 award from NCWIT for her activities on women in science.
  • 08/2015, KDLab PhD Candidate Yahui Di has received a travel fellowship award to the 2015 Climate Informatics Conference.
  • 06/2015, KDLab PhD Candidate Jacky Yu has received the Oracle Doctoral Fellowship.
  • 01/2015, KDLab undergraduate student Melissa Cruz has received the Oracle Fellowship award.
  • 05/2015, KDLab Yang Mu became a PhD with an award of outstanding achievement in Computer Science of College of Science and Mathematics, UMass Boston.
  • 05/2014, Women-In-Science club president Bahar Delibas is the recipient of the Beacon Graduate Student Leadership Award.
  • 04/2014, KdLab PhD candidate Joseph Cohen received an Outstanding Paper Award for Young Scientists from the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) of the International Council for Science for a paper entitled “Crater detection via genetic search methods to reduce image features.”
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Professional Activities

  • Program Committee Member: ICML (2015), NIPS (2015), AAAI (2014-Present), IEEE ICDM (2011-2014), ECML/PKDD (2013, 2011), ACM KDD (2012-Present, 2010), ACM CIKM (2010-2012), SIAM SDM (2010-Present), PAKDD (2013), ASONAM (2014), ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS (2009-2012), International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI)(2011-2012, 2008), KSEM (2011), BICoB (2011-2012), International Workshop on Spatial and Spatiotemporal Data Mining In Cooperation with IEEE ICDM (SSTDM, 2008-2012), International Conference on Software Engineering and Data Engineering (2008, 2009), International Symposium on Data, Privacy, and E-Commerce (2010), International Conference on Multimedia and Ubiquitous Engineering (2010), International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (2010), Asia Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association (APSIPA 2010)
  • PhD Forum Co-Chair & IEEE ICDM 2015
  • Special Session Co-Chair, Bioinformatics & HPC, the 2015 IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing Conference (HPEC’15), Waltham, MA USA
  • 2015: Symposium Co-Chair, the International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC), in the symposium: Social Computing and Semantic Data Mining
  • General Chair, the Third IEEE/ASE International Conference on Big Data Science and Computing (BigDataScience 2014)
  • Workshop Chair & Vice Chair: IEEE ICDM 2013
  • Organization Chair: The 4th Workshop on Data Mining Case Studies and Practice Prize
  • Organization Chair: ISPA 2011 Special Session Image Processing and Analysis in Lunar and Planetary Science
  • Chair of Special Sessions, the 25th International Conference on Industrial, Engineering and Other Applications of Applied Intelligent Systems
  • Sponsorship Chair: IEEE ICDM (2011-2012)
  • Student Travel Grants Committee Chair: IEEE ICDM (2010)
  • Publicity Chair: ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS (2010-2011)
  • PC Co-Chair: Workshop on Social Networks, Applications, and Systems (2009)
  • Session Chair: ICTAI 2011, special session on data mining of the IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Informatics (2010, 2009), IEEE International Workshop on Spatial and Spatio-temporal Data Mining in cooperation with IEEE ICDM (2007)
  • Editorship: Assoicate Editor of Knowledge and Information Systems (KAIS) (2011-Present), Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Big Data (2013-Present), Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE) (2010-Present)
  • Grant Proposal/Fellowship Review: NSF (2015-2009), Qatar National Research Fund (2011), SSTD Student Travel Award Committee (2011), ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS Diversity Fellowship Committee (2011, 2010)