Teng Wang
“I believe that the interaction of computer science and sociology is where the magic happens.”

Teng Wang is a Ph.D. candidate in the Computer Science Department at UC Davis. He received his bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and his master’s degree in computer science from UC Davis.

What’s important about your research—and where do you hope to take it?

My research focuses on using machine learning methods to model people’s behavior changes in complex networks. Applications of my thesis work can be extended to dynamic opinion mining in social networks and anomaly detection in computer security. I recently developed a graph-based anomaly localization framework for inside threat detection in bank transaction data.

What are you most passionate about in your work?

Leveraging the power of data to change people’s lives. Data analytics is no longer a simple assistive tool for engineers. It has been integrated into almost every aspect of our lives and has started to change our mind from different aspects. I believe that the interaction of computer science and sociology is where the magic happens.

How will the Business Development Fellows program help you to change the world?

The program is a great opportunity for me to learn some practical skills on transforming research ideas into real products. Additionally, the institute community includes excellent people from different backgrounds: researchers, engineers, MBA students and respected faculty in the Graduate School of Management. They are all a great resource for my future career. By sharing our diverse experiences, we can find common interests and create a lot of great ideas.