I am third year Ph.D. student in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am working on Human Computer Interaction in Cascade Lab, advised by Prof. Wai-Tat Fu. I have broad research interests in Human Computer Interaction, Social Computing and Information Seeking. Previously, I received my Master's degree in Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania under the surpervision of Prof. Chris Callison-Burch and Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the Department of Computer Science and Technology at Nanjing University.


  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (08/2015 - present)
    • Ph.D. candidate
    • Computer Science
  • University of Pennsylvania (08/2013 - 05/2015)
  • Nanjing University (09/2009 - 06/2013)
    • Bachelors Degree
    • Computer Science and Technology


An Intelligent Interface for Organizing Online Opinions on Controversial Topics. Mingkun Gao, Hyo Jin Do and Wai-Tat Fu. In Proceedings of IUI 2017.
A Framework of Health Information Retrieval for Aging Population. Mingkun Gao. In Companions of IUI 2017 Student Consortium.
Cost Optimization for Crowdsourcing Translation. Mingkun Gao, Wei Xu and Chris Callison-Burch. In Proceedings of NAACL-HLT 2015.
Are Two Heads Better than One? Crowdsourced Translation via a Two-Step Collaboration of Non-Professional Translators and Editors. Rui Yan, Mingkun Gao, Ellie Pavlick and Chris Callison-Burch. In Proceedings of ACL 2015.