Who I am

I am an Associate Lecturer in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and a Visiting Database System Scientist at Enmotech Data AU. I completed my PhD in Computer Science at the Data and Knowledge Research Group, UNSW, under the supervision of Prof. Xuemin Lin (Member of the Academia Europaea, IEEE Fellow) and Prof. Wenjie Zhang (ARC Future Fellow). Prior to that, I obtained my MEng degree in Mathematical Computation (First Class Honours) from University College London (UCL), where I was awarded the IBM sponsorship for the Best Undergraduate Final Year Project. In 2018 and 2021, I worked as an intern at Alibaba DAMO Academy and Google, respectively.


Stuff I do

My primary research interest is data management, including the management of graph data, relational data, spatial-temporal data, and high-dimensional data, etc. I'm also interested in many other topics in computer science, such as information retrieval, distributed systems and machine learning. Please visit my LinkedIn page for more information.

  • Programming

    Python Rust Java C
  • Data Analysis

    Python Spark Neo4j PostgreSQL
  • Machine Learning

    Python R Matlab TensorFlow
  • Web development

    Python Javascript PHP HTML

Selected Publications

Full List, Google Scholar, DBLP, ResearchGate

Teaching & Supervision



  • Lecturer, COMP9311 Database Systems (23T3), UNSW
  • Lecturer-in-Charge, COMP9311 Database Systems (22T2, 23T2), UNSW
  • Lecturer, DATA1001 Introduction to Data Science and Decisions, (23T2), UNSW


The following is a list of students under my supervision. If you are a self-motivated student interested in conducting research with me, please feel free to contact me via email with your CV.

  • PhD Students: Nimish Ukey, Zhuoqing Xu (current)
  • MPhil Students: Miao Ma, Jingtian Wei, Zebin Chen, Wenqian Zhang (current);
  • Honours Students: Rohan Warrier, Yijie Zhao, Hualong Lin, Alex Brown, Jackson Beasley, Lachlan Sutton, Yilin Zhu, Bocheng Han (current); Peiting Xie, Zebin Chen, Jingtian Wei (2023)
  • Reseach Project Students: Sijia Xu, Haoran Ning, Tianming Yu, Zhou Zhou (current); Wenqian Zhang, Fangyue Chen, Liuyi Chen, Xiaocheng Li, Rui Zhu (2023); Guangjian Zhang (2022)

Awards & Grants



  • Best Student Paper Award, ADC - 2022
  • Best Student Paper Award, KSEM - 2020
  • Tuition Fee Scholarship plus a Research Stipend, UNSW - 2018
  • IBM sponsorship of Best Undergraduate Final Year Project (First Place), UCL - 2018
  • Computer Science App Award, UCL - 2014


  • 2023 - 2025, Industry Grant from Enmotech Data AU : Just-in-time Compilation for High-Performance RDBMS Runtime, AU$527,260

Services & Talks


Professional Services

Program Committee Member
  • DASFAA 2023, 2024
  • ADMA 2023
  • CIKM (Short Paper) 2021, 2022
  • WISE 2021
  • Proceedings Chair: ADC 2023
  • Local Chair: ADC 2022
Editorial Board
  • Guest Editor: Special Issue of Applied Sciences
  • Reviewer: VLDB Journal, World Wide Web Journal, Expert Systems with Applications, Theoretical Computer Science, Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems, Frontiers of Computer Science
External Reviewer


  • "Graph Computing in the Big Data Era - Applications and Algorithms", Research Cloud Frontiers of Science Online Lectures, Jun 2021 (in Simplified Chinese/Mandarin) [Bilibili] [Youtube]
  • "Building a Distributed Graph Database in Rust", Rust Meetup Sydney @ Atlassian, Feb 2020 [Slides]