Jian Tang, Ph.D.

Mila-Quebec AI Institute

About Jian Tang, Ph.D.

Jian Tang is currently an associate professor at Mila-Quebec AI Institute, a leading AI Institute in Canada founded by Turing Award winner Yoshua Bengio. He is also the founder and CEO of BioGeometry, an AI startup focusing on antibody discovery. He is a Canada CIFAR AI Research Chair. His main research interests are graph representation learning, graph neural networks, geometric deep learning, deep generative models, knowledge graphs and drug discovery. During his PhD, he was awarded with the best paper in ICML2014; in 2016, he was nominated for the best paper award in the top data mining conference World Wide Web (WWW); in 2020, he was awarded with Amazon and Tencent Faculty Research Award. He is one of the most representative researchers in the growing field of graph representation learning and has published a set of representative works in this field such as LINE and RotatE. His work LINE on node representation learning has been widely recognized and is the most cited paper at the WWW conference between 2015 and 2019.  Recently, his group just released an open-source machine learning package, called TorchDrug and TorchProtein, aiming at  making AI drug discovery software and libraries freely available.