I'm Alan Chen,
a PhD Student in Information & Decision Science
at U of Minnesota.


Me and my research areas.

Information Systems and Social Media

Alan joined the Information & Decision Science (IDS) PhD program at Carlson School of Management (CSOM) in 2018. He is currently interested in exploring the impact of social media and other information systems on news industry (consumer side) and topics around net neutrality.

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He is also a product manager at (in Chinese), a service that helps user to keep track of important social events and have a comprehensive view of the events.

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What I do on weekends

  • Programming & Hackerthon

    I just love coding! Many of my projects a evolved from my side projects, including a data protection tool, a static site generator and a class schedule export tool. Checkout my Github.

  • Photography

    Photography has been one of the sources of my inspirations. While traveling around the world, photography helps me explore local cultures and discover the beauty of nature.

Experience & Education

Since 2014


September 2016 - May 2018

Research Topic and Network Analytics

Head of Development is an open-source project that makes use of machine learning and text mining to help scholars to find peer-reviewers. I work as the head of this project and mainly focus on developing algorithm under the supervision of Harry J. Wang.

I also received Undergraduate Research Reward twice (CNY 7000 in total) for this research project.

Augest 2016 - September 2016

Thinking Without Thinking

Media Planning Intern

Thinking Without Thinking is a small yet influential creativity agency based in Hong Kong. It is famous for its TV production "4Ours" featured on TVB and CCTV. I met Willde Ng for an unforgettable 2 days and was instantly grasped. I helped them with programme content, develop roadmap and strategies for entering China Mainland.

Febularary 2015 - September 2017

Stay Magazine (月台)


One of my best friends Amie and my co-founder at Atelo (浅见) Eric together with me co-founded a magazine called Stay (月台). We did marketing campaigns, planned the strategies and recruited a board of editors. It issues once a year; each issue features a special topic and regular content. It is the best-seller publication in the university.


October 2014 - Forever

Atelo (浅见)


Atelo (浅见) is a media where every CUHK(SZ) student can share insights and their works. Students exchange their ideas, insights, and comments there, bringing an atmosphere of critical thinking back on a fragmented information era.

Now, it means more than an indie-media, but also a democracy frontier for students to speak out their concerns and criticisms. In less than two years of development, Atelo (浅见) successfully reached 200k page views and 300+ articles, 400+ comments with only 312 students on the campus in the first year.


September 2018 - Present

University of Minnesota

Ph.D. in Information and Decision Science

Also known as Management Information Systems.

September 2014 - May 2018

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen

Applied Economics

At the beginning I chose Economics Science (intended for ECON Ph.D.) as my major and I enjoyed it. But as I start to experience more subjects with so much fun, I switched to Applied Economics stream, allowing me to take more diverse courses and develop my desired skill-set much more flexibly.

  • Math for Information Age
    (amazing machine learning bootcamp taught by John Hopcroft)
  • Introduction to Data Analytics
    (which made me interested in being a data scientist)
  • Market Microstructure and Algo Trading
  • Game Theory
  • Adventure in American Ideas
  • Morality and Human Life
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics


January 2017 - May 2017

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen

Information Technology in Business

Teaching Assistant

I worked as a TA of the course Information Technology in Business in the spring semester, 2017. This course is an introductory course for business students to understand up-to-date technologies that can be applied in the business world.

This course includes:

  • Basic SQL and Data Warehousing
  • Excel VBA Programming
  • Text Mining
  • Classification
  • Clustering

July 2017 - Augest 2017

Peking University HSBC Business School

Digital Media Elite Program

Teaching Assistant

This program is a two-month data journalism boot-camp designed for professional journalists and journalism students to get started in data journalism, with proficiency in basic Natural Language Processing, Data Mining, Web Scraping and Web Front-end Engineering, including d3.js, echarts.js, etc.

It's my pleasure to work with Allison Parrish (NYU) and Pili Hu (HKBU). They are awesome people to work with and they gave me a lot of inspirations and support.

This program includes:

  • Natural Language Processing in Python
  • Basic Data Mining in Python
  • Web Scraping
  • Web Front-end Engineering, including d3.js, echarts.js
  • Visualization


See My Latest Projects.

Working on a specific project or solving a particular problem can make me focus most. I can sit in front of LeetCode for hours but cannot stand a 2-hour finance lecture with breaks. Projects are fun!

rm-protection: A safe alternative for "rm"

rm-protection is a commandline tool that is designed to be a safe alternative for the "rm" command built in most of the *nix OSes. It provides a new layer to protect important files and folders from being accidentally removed while minimizing its impact on daily operations. Now it has more than 200 stars on GitHub and has been featured in several tech media like OSChina. Source code is available on Github.

Nosedive Rating Calculator - Inspired by Black Mirror S03E01

Nosedive is an episode of Black Mirror. It pictures a hypothetical society where one's social rating determines the status of an individual. I'm deeply impressed by the sharp satire and spent an afternoon to created a replica of the rating mechanism featured in the show. Now it is online at and its source code is available on Github. is an open-source project collaborated by CUHK(SZ) and Udel. This project aims to provide an accurate recommendation of reviewers for scholars based on academic papers. We use text mining to understand the context and the topic of the paper, then use our tailored algorithm to find the most suitable scholars in our database. Details

Atelo (浅见)

Atelo (浅见) is a media where CUHK students share their insights and works. During the process of exchanging ideas, insights and comments, the community brings the atmosphere of critical thinking back on a fragmented information era.

Now, it means more than a indie-media, but also a democracy frontier for students to speak out their concerns and criticisms. In less than two years of development, Atelo (浅见) successfully reached 200k page views and 300+ articles, 400+ comments with only 312 students on the campus in the first year.

About Page

Stay Magazine

Stay Magazine is a magazine co-founded by Amie, Eric and me. Every year, we find a special topic and dig deep into it, trying to bring insights to our fellow students. We also collect outstanding works from our fellow students. Together with our editing team, we are making this magazine truly CUHK-Original.
Home Page
(Currently out of stock, shoot me an email if your really want one.)

Before I Die

Before I Die was adapted from an idea by Candy Chang. It is a global art project. My friend Eric and I adapted it near a midterm examination to see how our fellows reflect their lives and it drew everyone's attention within a few hours.

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freelance works
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Crazy Ideas

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Mailing Address

4-365 Carlson School of Management
321 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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