Myungha Jang

College of Information and Computer Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst


I am a Research Scientist at Facebook. Prior to joining Facebook, I earned my PhD in Computer Science, with a focus in Information Retrieval, from UMass Amherst working with James Allan in the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR). During my PhD, I worked on detecting, modeling, and explaining controversy on the Web. Here is a copy of my CV and Google Scholar. I occasionally write things in my Korean blog So Dabang.


July 2019 I'm serving on a program committee at the 3rd International Workshop on Mining Actionable Insights from Social Networks (MAISoN) 2019, which is co-located with ICTIR 2019, in Santa Clara, CA.
Feb 2019 I started at Facebook.
Jan 2019 I successfully defended! My PhD thesis is available online here.
Jan 2019 My PhD defense talk will be on Jan 24th, CS 151/150 at 2pm - 4pm (see the abstract). My thesis title is "Probablistic Models for Identifying and Explaining Controversy".
May 2018 I passed my proposal defense! [PDF]
Apr 2018 Our short paper, "Explaining Controversy on Social Media via Stance Summarization" has been accepted to SIGIR 2018!
Mar 2018 Our paper, "Visualizing Polarity-based Stances of News Websites" has been accepted to ECIR-NewsIR Workshop!
June 2017 Our paper, "Modeling Controversy within Populations" has been accepted to ICTIR 2017 [Slides]
Feb 2017 I will be interning on the Facebook Search Team in Menlo Park, CA this summer!
Oct 2016 I recieved the 2016 KOCSEA Graduate Scholarship.
Aug 2016 I won a 2016 SIGIR Student Travel Grant for CIKM.
Aug 2016 I recieved the Best Poster Award at UKC 2016.
July 2016 Our short paper, "Probabilistic Approaches to Controversy Detection" has been accepted to CIKM 2016.
May 2016 I won a 2016 SIGIR Student Travel Grant for SIGIR.
May 2016 Our paper, "Automatically Detecting Controversy on the Web" has been accepted to UKC 2016 .
May 2016 Our short paper, "Improving Automated Controversy Detection on the Web" has been accepted at SIGIR 2016!
Dec 2015 I passed my qualifying exam and now am a Ph.D. Candidate!
Sep 2015 I served as a student volunteer at ICTIR 2015.
July 2015 I served as a short paper reviewer at EMNLP 2015.


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