Chengkai Li

Professor, University of Texas at Arlington

Dr. Chengkai Li is a Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, Director of the Innovative Database and Information Systems Research Laboratory (IDIR), and Co-Director of the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Big Data (CARIDA). He is also an Affiliate Faculty of the Multi-Interprofessional Center for Health Informatics (MICHI). Dr. Li's research interests span several areas related to big data intelligence and data science, including natural language processing, applied machine learning, data management, data mining, and their applications in computational journalism. Particularly, his ongoing research projects include data-driven fact-checking and web credibility, exceptional fact finding, usability challenges in querying and exploring graph data, and knowledge graphs. Dr. Li led the development of ClaimBuster, a tool that is well-known and has been used by the fact-checker community. His publications have appeared in prestigious database, data mining and Web conferences including SIGMOD, VLDB, KDD, and WWW, as well as in several leading journals such as TODS, TKDD and TKDE. He received several paper awards at top-tier venues such as SIGMOD, VLDB, and CIDR. He was also a recipient of the 2011 and 2012 HP Labs Innovation Research Award. Dr. Li received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007, and an M.E. and a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Nanjing University, in 2000 and 1997, respectively.


  • Natural Language Processing
  • Fact-Checking
  • Web Credibility
  • Fact Finding
  • Knowledge Graphs
  • Data Exploration Computational Journalism