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I am currently a final year PhD student at the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University, where I am advised by Prof. Christos Faloutsos and Prof. Ruslan Salakhutdinov. My PhD is supported by the Amazon Graduate Research Fellowship and the Kwanjeong Educational Foundation Scholarship. I was a research intern at Amazon, LinkedIn, and Google Research. Before joining CMU, I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Seoul National University, South Korea.

Research summary

Graphs are ideal tools to depict relationships between discrete entities. Deep Learning on Graphs (DLG) enhances understanding of each entity by considering its interactions with other entities. As graph data continues to expand in scale and diversity, DLG algorithms are required to evolve under unprecedented constraints, such as privacy guarantees for end-users or different modalities for entities (e.g., text, images). My past and current research have focused on making DLG algorithms more : to address this evolving data landscape. Going forward, my goal is to understand the interplay of different modalities toward developing unified approaches that can holistically address multimodal datasets with their relations.

🔈 I am on the job market this year.


  • Multimodal Graph Learning for Generative Tasks
    Minji Yoon, Jing Yu Koh, Bryan Hooi, Russ Salakhutdinov
    Arxiv preprint
    [Paper] [Code]
  • Graph Generative Model for Benchmarking Graph Neural Networks
    Minji Yoon, Yue Wu, John Palowitch, Bryan Perozzi, Russ Salakhutdinov
    International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2023
    [Paper] [Code]
    ** 👑 Selected as an outstanding paper at the Workshop on Graph Learning Benchmarks (KDD-GLB) 2023
  • Automatic Question-Answer Generation for Long-Tail Knowledge
    Youngmin Kim*, Rohan Kumar*, Sunitha Ravi*, Haitian Sun, Christos Faloutsos, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, Minji Yoon
    KDD Workshop on Knowledge Augmented Methods for Natural Language Processing (KDD-KnowledgeNLP) 2023
  • A Dataset on Malicious Paper Bidding in Peer Review
    Steven Jecmen, Minji Yoon, Vincent Conitzer, Nihar B. Shah, Fei Fang
    The Web Conference 2023
    [Paper] [Arxiv]
  • Toward more Practical Deep Learning on Graphs
    📚 Minji Yoon, Thesis Proposal 2022
    Thesis Committee: Christos Faloutsos (CMU), Ruslan Salakhutdinov (CMU), Tom M. Mitchell (CMU), Jure Leskovec (Stanford university)
  • Zero-shot Transfer Learning on Heterogeneous Graphs via Knowledge Transfer Networks
    Minji Yoon, John Palowitch, Dustin Zelle, Ziniu Hu, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, Bryan Perozzi
    Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) 2022
    [Paper] [Arxiv] [Code] [Slide] [DLG workshop 2022] [Google AI blog]
  • Autonomous Graph Mining Algorithm Search with Best Performance Trade-off
    Minji Yoon, Theophile Gervet, Bryan Hooi, Christos Faloutsos
    SCIE Journal, Knowledge and Information Systems (KAIS) 2022
    [Paper] [shorter ver.] [Code] [Slide]
  • Graph Fraud Detection Based on Accessibility Score Distributions
    Minji Yoon
    European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML-PKDD) 2021
    [Paper] [Code] [Slide]
  • Performance-Adaptive Sampling Strategy Towards Fast and Accurate Graph Neural Networks
    Minji Yoon, Theophile Gervet, Baoxu Shi, Sufeng Niu, Qi He, Jaewon Yang
    SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD) 2021
    [Paper] [Slide] [Video] [Code] [CMU blog] [LinkedIn blog] [VentureBeat] [MarketsInsider]
  • Autonomous Graph Mining Algorithm Search with Best Speed/Accuracy Trade-off
    Minji Yoon, Theophile Gervet, Bryan Hooi, Christos Faloutsos
    20th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM) 2020
    (Acceptance Ratio: 9.8%)
    ** 👑 Selected as one of the best papers of ICDM’20 for a fast track journal invitation at KAIS
    [Paper] [Code] [Slide]
  • Provably Robust Node Classification via Low-Pass Message Passing
    Yiwei Wang, Shenghua Liu, Minji Yoon, Hemank Lamba, Wei Wang, Christos Faloutsos, Bryan Hooi
    20th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM) 2020
    (Acceptance Ratio: 9.8%)
  • MIDAS: Microcluster-Based Detector of Anomalies in Edge Streams
    Siddharth Bhatia, Bryan Hooi, Minji Yoon, Kijung Shin, Christos Faloutsos
    34th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) 2020
  • Fast and Accurate Anomaly Detection in Dynamic Graphs with a Two-Pronged Approach
    Minji Yoon, Bryan Hooi, Kijung Shin, Christos Faloutsos
    SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD) 2019, Alaska, USA
    [Paper(updated)] [Code] [Poster]
  • Fast and Accurate Random Walk with Restart on Dynamic Graphs with Guarantees
    Minji Yoon, Woojeong Jin, U Kang
    The Web Conference (WWW) 2018, Lyon, France
    (Acceptance Ratio: 14.8%)
    [Paper] [Code] [Slide]
  • TPA: Fast, Scalable and Accurate Method for Approximate Random Walk with Restart on Billion Scale Graphs
    Minji Yoon, Jinhong Jung, U Kang
    IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE) 2018, Paris, France
    [Paper] [Code] [Slide]

Work Experiences

  • Artificial Intelligence Research and Education (AIRE) team, AWS
    Applied Scientist Intern (May. 2023 - Aug. 2023)
    Heterogeneous graph learning powered by pretrained LLMs
  • Graph Mining team, Google Research
    Research Intern (May. 2021 - Aug. 2021)
    Transfer learning between different node types on a heterogeneous graph
  • Standardization team, LinkedIn
    Machine Learning Engineer Intern (May. 2020 - Aug. 2020)
    Developed an algorithm to optimize computation graphs in Graph Neural Networks (GNNs)
  • CTPS Machine Learning Accelation team, Amazon.com
    Applied Scientist Intern (May. 2019 - Aug. 2019)
    Developed a fast and scalable algorithm for fraud detection in Amazon.com
  • Data Mining Lab, Seoul National University
    Research Intern (Apr. 2017 - Jun. 2018)
    Developed fast, accurate and scalable algorithms for Random Walk with Restart (RWR)
  • Session team, SAP Labs Korea
    Software Developer (Sep. 2014 - Mar. 2017)
    Developed an in-memory database SAP HANA

Teaching Experiences


  • Amazon Graduate Research Fellowship, Amazon (Sep. 2020 - Aug. 2023)
    Awarding the amount of $70,000 to support scientific research of graduate students per year.
  • AWS Cloud Credit for Research, AWS (Sep. 2021 - Aug. 2022)
    Awarding $19,000 AWS Cloud Credit for Research; my project "Automation and Democratization of Graph Mining" was part of the proposal.
  • Kwanjeong Educational Foundation Scholarship, Kwanjeong Foundation (Sep. 2018 - Aug. 2022)
    4 years for Doctor’s Degree.
  • National Science & Technology Scholarship, KOSAF (Mar. 2008 - Feb. 2012)
    Full tuition exemptions for 8 semesters.
  • Cum Laude Graduation Honors, Seoul National University (Feb. 2012)

Student Advising

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Professional Services

Reviewer: JMLR, KDD, The Web Conference, WSDM, NeurIPS on GLFrontiers workshop