Spring 2024 Reading List

The written exam of the DAIS Qual Exam in Spring 2024 will be held on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024, at 1pm-5pm in room 0220 Siebel Center, which is in the basement of Siebel Center (floor map: https://facilityaccessmaps.fs.illinois.edu/archibus/schema/ab-products/essential/workplace/?blId=0563&flId=00). 

This reading list consists of  multiple topic sections, each containing 2-3 papers.  The questions in the written exam will be based on the papers listed here, with 1-2 questions related to each section. If a section has two papers, you can usually expect to see one question related to the section in the qual exam, while if a section has three papers, you can usually expect to see two questions related to the section. You only need to answer four of those questions in the exam, so there is no need for you to read every paper. Instead, it would make sense for you to browse through the list and identify 8~10 papers that you are most familiar with or most comfortable with reading, and then focus on reading/digesting those papers. In general, you will likely find some sections to be closer to your interests or background than others, and you can focus more on reading the papers in those a few sections that seem to be closest to your research interests.    

Section 1

Section 2

Section 3

  • Khoi Pham and Kushal Kafle and Zhe Lin and Zhihong Ding and Scott Cohen and Quan Tran and Abhinav Shrivastava. 2021. Learning to Predict Visual Attributes in the Wild. Proc. CVPR2021. https://arxiv.org/abs/2106.09707
  • Nirat Saini and Khoi Pham and Abhinav Shrivastava. 2022. Disentangling Visual Embeddings for Attributes and Objects. Proc. CVPR2022. https://arxiv.org/abs/2205.08536
  • Hyundo Lee, Inwoo Hwang, Hyunsung Go, Won-Seok Choi, Kibeom Kim, Byoung-Tak Zhang. 2023. Learning Geometry-Aware Representations by Sketching. Proc. CVPR2023. https://arxiv.org/abs/2304.08204

Section 4

  • Chockchowwat, Supawit, Wenjie Liu, and Yongjoo Park. “AirIndex: Versatile Index Tuning Through Data and Storage.” SIGMOD’24. https://arxiv.org/pdf/2306.14395.pdf
  • Zhaoheng Li , Pranav Gor , Rahul Prabhu , Hui Yu , Yuzhou Mao, Yongjoo Park. “ElasticNotebook: Enabling Live Migration for Computational Notebooks.” PVLDB’23. https://arxiv.org/pdf/2309.11083.pdf

Section 5  

  • Lin, Z., S. Trivedi, and J. Sun. 2022. “Conformal Prediction with Temporal Quantile Adjustments.” arXiv Preprint arXiv:2205.09940. http://arxiv.org/abs/2205.09940.
  • Yang, Chaoqi, M. Brandon Westover, and Jimeng Sun. 2023. “BIOT: Cross-Data Biosignal Learning in the Wild.” arXiv [eess.SP]. arXiv. http://arxiv.org/abs/2305.10351.
  • Theodorou, Brandon, Cao Xiao, and Jimeng Sun. 2023. “Author Correction: Synthesize High-Dimensional Longitudinal Electronic Health Records via Hierarchical Autoregressive Language Model.” Nature Communications 14 (1): 7586. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-023-41093-0

Section 6

Section 7

  • Zhu, Yutao, Huaying Yuan, Shuting Wang, Jiongnan Liu, Wenhan Liu, Chenlong Deng, Zhicheng Dou, and Ji-Rong Wen. “Large language models for information retrieval: A survey.” arXiv preprint arXiv:2308.07107 (2023). https://arxiv.org/pdf/2308.07107.pdf 
  • Shuai Wang, Harrisen Scells, Bevan Koopman, and Guido Zuccon. 2023. Can ChatGPT Write a Good Boolean Query for Systematic Review Literature Search? In Proceedings of the 46th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR ’23). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1426–1436. https://doi.org/10.1145/3539618.3591703

Section 8

Section 9

Section 10

  • DEER: Descriptive Knowledge Graph for Explaining Entity Relationships. Jie Huang, Kerui Zhu, Kevin Chen-Chuan Chang, Jinjun Xiong, Wen-mei Hwu. In The 2022 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), 2022. PDF file: https://arxiv.org/abs/2205.10479
  • Xuezhi Wang, Jason Wei, Dale Schuurmans, Quoc V. Le, Ed H. Chi, Sharan Narang, Aakanksha Chowdhery, Denny Zhou: Self-Consistency Improves Chain of Thought Reasoning in Language Models. ICLR 2023. https://arxiv.org/abs/2203.11171

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Section 13