About Zhouhan Chen



Hi, I'm PhD student at NYU Center for Data Science. I'm an avid learner and dedicated marathon runner. My favorite quote is from Alvin Toffle: "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."

I'm a trained data scientist. I've been doing research on big data analysis with professors and Ph.D. students at Rice University since I was a sophomore. My research focuses on data mining, natural language processing, machine learning, spam detection and censorship analysis in social media (Twitter specifically) and I'm working on large Twitter datasets to do topic classification and sentiment analysis. You can find my recent publications Hunting Malicious Bots on Twitter, Known Unknown and The Decline of Social Media Censorship and the Rise of Self-Censorship after the 2016 Failed Turkish Coup. My award-winning posters are here and here. This is a slide deck about my research.

I'm a dedicated distance runner. I have completed seven marathons since high school. My marathon PR is 03:32:14. My 5k PR is 18:43. I'm also a NCCA-certified personal trainer and a sports nutrition specialist. I served as the president of Rice Road Runners for 2 years when I was an undergrad. I believe that nothing is more valuable than a healthy body and mind so I will keep running and encourage other people to run together.




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  • PhD in Data Science, New York University, 2018-
  • MS in Computer Science, Rice University, 2017-2018
  • BS in Computer Science, Rice University, 2013-2017
  • Machine Learning Engineer Intern, Webroot, San Diego, 2018
  • Data Engineering Intern, Quantlab Financial, Houston, 2017
  • BI Engineering Intern, App Annie, Beijing, 2016
  • Email: zc1245@nyu.edu