Dr Yulan He


Director of the Systems Analytics Research Institute

Phone number: +44 121 204 5329

Email: y.he9@aston.ac.uk

Room: MB214D


I joined the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University, UK in 2013. I previously held the positions of Senior Lecturer at the Knowledge Media Institute of the Open University, Lecturer at the University of Exeter, and Lecturer at the University of Reading.

I obtained my BASc (First Class Honours) and MEng degrees in Computer Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and my PhD degree in spoken language understanding from Cambridge University.

For more information about me, please visit my personal website.

My main interests are in social media analysis; sentiment analysis and opinion mining; business intelligence and data mining; text mining; machine learning; and bioinformatics.

Some of my interested research topics include:

  • Social media analysis. Integration of machine learning and natural language processing techniques to analyse social media contents and online user behaviours.
  • Sentiment analysis and opinion mining. Application of machine learning techniques to extract and understand sentiments and opinions expressed on the Web.
  • Biomedical literature mining. Knowledge acquisition from biomedical literature. In particular, investigation of statistical models for biomedical events extraction from textual data.
  • Business intelligence and data mining. Investigation of data mining techniques such as classification, clustering, regression, association rule mining, etc., on business problems.


  • Natural Science Foundation of China, Opinion Cluster Detection from Social Media (Jan 2016 - Dec 2017), Principal investigator. 
  • Innovate UK, KTP Project with Integrated Geochemical Interpretation Ltd, (2015 - 2018), with Michal Konecny and Tony Beaumont.
  • TSB, Big Data: Digitisation, Semantic Analysis, Topic Modelling, Visualisation and Exploration, (2014 - 2016), Principal Investigator. 
  • EPSRC-DSTL, ReDites: Real Time, Detection, Tracking, Monitoring and Interpretation of Events in Social Media, (2013 - 2014), Principal investigator.
  • EPSRC-DSTL, Real-Time Detection of Violence and Extremism from Social Media, (2012 - 2013), Principal investigator.
  • EC-FP7, ROBUST: Risk and Opportunity management of huge-scale BUSiness communiTy cooperation (2010 - 2013), Co-investigator.
  • Natural Science Foundation of China, Open Information Extraction using Weakly-Supervised Learning from Abstract Annotations (Jan 2012 - Dec 2014), Co-investigator.
  • Visiting Scholar Scheme by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Opinion Diffusion Analysis from the Social Web (Jul-Aug 2012), Principal investigator.
  • Open University Social Learn, Exploratory Dialogues Detection in Learning Analytics (Apr-Jun 2012), Principal investigator.
  • Royal Academy of Engineering, Seizing the Predictive Power of Online Communities (Aug 2011), Principal investigator, visit the Chinese University of Hong Kong.