Mayank Kejriwal

Research Assistant Professor, Principal Scientist

Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin, 2016


Mayank Kejriwal is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and a Principal Scientist at the USC Information Sciences Institute (ISI). Prior to joining USC in 2016, he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation, titled "Populating a Linked Data Entity Name System", was awarded the Best Dissertation Award by the Semantic Web Science Association in 2017. He currently leads and directs the Artificial Intelligence and Complex Systems (AICS) group at ISI. His research is centered on designing and applying neuro-symbolic AI to real-world complex problems. He is especially interested in combining the benefits of knowledge graphs and generative AI models, including large language models like ChatGPT, in service of human-centered computing applications.

Dr. Kejriwal is the author of four books, including "Domain-specific Knowledge Graph Construction" (Springer) and "Knowledge Graphs: Fundamentals, Techniques, and Applications" (MIT Press). He is a passionate advocate of using Artificial Intelligence technology for social good, and regularly collaborates with domain-experts to build such systems. He has given talks and tutorials in international academic and industrial venues, including serving as a roundtable speaker and participant (on using AI for fighting child trafficking) at the Concordia Summit that was co-held with the UN General Assembly in New York City in September, 2019. Therein, he was co-author of a multi-organization whitepaper on using AI to fight child trafficking. The myDIG system, which he co-built and co-authored and that was a product of the MEMEX program, was nominated for a Best Demonstration award at the prestigious AAAI conference in 2018.

Dr. Kejriwal's research has been funded by several private and federal sources, including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), corporations, and philanthropic donors, and has published almost a hundred peer-reviewed pieces. Both his work and profile has also appeared in international press outlets, such as the BBC, CNN Indonesia, Popular Science, the World Economic Forum, and most recently, Economy Chosun.






ISE 540: Text Analytics (Fall 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023)

ISE 599: Applied Predictive Analytics (Fall 2019)

CSCI 548: Information Integration on the Web (Fall 2016; co-taught with Jose Luis Ambite)


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