I am an assistant professor in Northeastern University. I work on machine learning for large-scale spatiotemporal data and its applications. I am generally interested in optimization, deep learning and spatiotemporal modeling. My work has been applied to learning dynamical systems, sports analytics, intelligent transportation, and climate informatics. For more details, see my curriculum vitae and research statement. For prospective students, please read this before emailing me.

Contact Info

  • E-mail: roseyu [at] northeastern [dot] edu.
  • phone: (617) 373-6485
  • Address: 177 Huntington Ave Office 921, Boston, MA 02115


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Deep Structured Model for Nonlinear Dynamics

Expressive models for learning nonlinear dynamical system

Long-term forecasting in environments with nonlinear dynamics is highly challenging, since there exist long-term temporal dependencies, higher-order correlations and sensitivity to error propagation. We present a novel family of neural sequence models, that learn the nonlinear dynamics directly using higher order moments and high-order state transition functions.

Tensor Learning for Spatiotemporal Analysis

A scalable framework for analyzing spatiotemporal data

Large-scale spatiotemporal data such as climate measurements, location-based social networks have complex structures. In this project, we develop a scalable framework based on low-rank tensor learning to analyze them. We propose a series of algorithms ranging from offline, online to memory efficient learning to solve the problem. We show that our framework can produce accurate predictions in a scalable way and discover interesting patterns in spatiotemporal data.

Spatiotemporal Models for Traffic Prediction

A spatiotemporal approach to predict road network traffic

Given a series of road network snapshots, we propose a latent space model to capture its topological and temporal properties. We present an incremental online algorithm which sequentially and adaptively learns the spatiotemporal patterns. Our framework enables real-time traffic prediction on a large volumne of Los Angeles traffic sensor data.


  • Multi-resolution Tensor Learning for Large-Scale Spatial Data
    Stephan Zheng, Rose Yu, Yisong Yue .
  • Long-term Forecasting using Tensor-Train RNNs
    Rose Yu, Stephan Zheng, Anima Anandkumar, Yisong Yue.
    [Paper] [Code]
  • Socratic Learning: Empowering the Generative Model
    Paroma Varma, Bryan He, Dan Iter,Peng Xu, Rose Yu, Christopher De Sa, Christopher R‌é.
  • Conferences

  • Diffusion Convolutional Recurrent Neural Network: Data-Driven Traffic Forecasting
    Yaguang Li, Rose Yu, Cyrus Shahabi, Yan Liu.
    International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), 2018
    [Paper] [Code]
  • Tensor Regression Meets Gaussian Processes
    Rose Yu, Guangyu Li, Yan Liu.
    International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (AISTATS), 2018
  • Deep Learning: A Generic Approach for Extreme Condition Traffic Forecasting
    Rose Yu, Yaguang Li, Ugur Demiryurek, Cyrus Shahabi, Yan Liu.
    SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM), 2017
  • Learning from Multiway Data: Simple and Efficient Tensor Regression
    Rose Yu, Yan Liu.
    International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), 2016
    [Paper] [Slide] [BibTex]
  • Latent Space Model for Road Networks to Predict Time-Varying Traffic
    Dingxiong Deng, Cyrus Shahabi, Ugur Demiryurek, Linhong Zhu, Rose Yu, Yan Liu
    ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), 2016
  • Geographic Segmentation via Latent Poisson Factor Model
    Rose Yu, Andrew Gelfand, Suju Rajan, Cyrus Shahabi, Yan Liu.
    ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM), 2016
    [Paper] [BibTex]
  • Accelerated Online Low-Rank Tensor Learning for Multivariate Spatio-Temporal Streams
    Rose Yu, Dehua Cheng, Yan Liu.
    International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), 2015
    [Code] [Paper] [Supplementary] [Video] [Slide] [BibTex]
  • Fast Multivariate Spatio-temporal Analysis via Low Rank Tensor Learning
    Rose Yu*, Mohammad Taha Bahadori*, Yan Liu. (*Equal Contributions)
    Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), 2014 Spotlight
    [Code] [Paper] [Supplementary] [BibTex]
  • GLAD: Group Anomaly Detection in Social Media Analysis
    Rose Yu, Xinran He, Yan Liu.
    ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), 2014
    [Code] [ACM Dataset] [Slide] [Paper-Extended Version] [BibTex]
  • A Feasible Nonconvex Relaxation Approach to Feature Selection
    Cuixia Gao, Naiyan Wang, Qi Yu, Zhihua Zhang.
    AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), 2011
    [Paper] [BibTex]

  • Journals

  • Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Social Media Data
    Rose Yu, Yan Liu.
    Encyclopedia of GIS , 2016
  • A Survey on Social Media Anomaly Detection
    Rose Yu, Huida Qiu, Zhen Wen, Ching-Yung Lin, Yan Liu
    ACM SIGKDD Explorations , 2016
  • GLAD: Group Anomaly Detection in Social Media Analysis (journal version)
    Rose Yu, Xinran He, Yan Liu.
    ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery in Data (TKDD), 2015

  • CS 6140 Machine Learning

    Fall 2018

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