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Yejun Wu

Title: Associate Professor

Bachelor's Degree(s): Information Engineering, Jilin University, China

Master's Degree(s): Information Science and Management, Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China

PhD: Information Studies, University of Maryland, College Park

Phone: (225) 578-1489


Office: 278 Coates Hall


Yejun Wu is an associate professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the Louisiana State University (LSU). His education background includes a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Jilin University (China), a Master of Science from the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China, and a Ph.D. in information studies from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). While at UMCP, he did most of his research at the Laboratory for Computational Linguistics and Information Processing, Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. He is on the adjunct faculty of the Interdepartmental Program in Linguistics at LSU.

His work experience includes being an assistant and associate research professor at the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC) where he worked on S&T policy analysis and decision support systems, and being in a series of administrative positions at ISTIC (such as deputy director of information analysis & research, director of marketing, and director of administration).


LIS 7008 Information Technologies and Systems

LIS 7011 Information Seeking and Needs Analysis

LIS 7410 Digital Libraries

LIS 7610/CSC 7481 Information Retrieval Systems

Research Areas 

Dr. Wu’s research areas are knowledge organization systems (such as taxonomy, classification, thesaurus, topic maps, and ontology), information retrieval systems (especially cross-language information retrieval and text classification), digital libraries, semantic analysis, and data-driven knowledge discovery.

Selected Publications

Yejun Wu (Ed.), 2016. Oil Spill Impacts: Taxonomic and Ontological Approaches. CRC Press (available at and

Yejun Wu, Amanda Lehman, and David Dunaway, 2015. Evaluations of a large topic map as a knowledge organization tool for supporting self-regulated learning, Knowledge Organization 42(6):386-397.

Yejun Wu and Li Yang, 2015. Construction and evaluation of an oil spill semantic relation taxonomy for supporting knowledge discovery. Knowledge Organization 42(4): 222-231. 

Yejun Wu, David J. Dunaway, 2013. Creating a large topic map by integrating Wandora and Ontopia, Library Hi Tech 31(1):64-75. 

Yejun Wu, 2013. Indexing historical political cartoons for retrieval. Knowledge Organization, 40(5):283-294.

Selected Presentations 

 Yejun Wu and Li Yang, 2015. Expanding an oil spill semantic relations taxonomy with a foreign policy semantic relations taxonomy, Proceedings of the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), November 6-10, 2015, St. Louis, MO, USA. (to appear)

Yejun Wu and Li Yang, 2015. Developing a taxonomy of semantic relations in the oil spill domain for knowledge discovery. The Fifth North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization (NASKO), June 18-19, 2015, Los Angeles, CA. 

Yejun Wu and Douglas Oard, 2013. English and Chinese bilingual topic aspect classification: examining similarity measures, optimal LSA dimensions, and centroid correction of translated training examples. Proceedings of the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), November 1-6, 2013, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Yejun Wu, 2010. Searching digital political cartoons. Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Granular Computing, August 14-16, 2010, San Jose, California, USA. 

Yejun Wu and Douglas Oard, 2009. Beyond topicality: finding opinionated Chinese documents. Proceedings of the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Association of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), November 6-11, 2009, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Selected Grants/Funded Projects

An interdisciplinary topic map for understanding the impact of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Incident. Gulf Research Initiative (GRI) Year One Block Fund. $166,307 (2011-2013). PI.

Searching and understanding digital political cartoons. Louisiana Board of Regents Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), NSF(2010)-PFUND-189. $9,968 (2010). PI.

Professional/Community Services

Editorial Board member of Online Information Review (journal), 2014-now. 

Editorial Board member of The Electronic Library (journal), 2014-now.

PC member of International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries (ICADL), 2015.

PC member of Third International Workshop on Natural Language Processing for Social Media (SocialNLP), 2015.

PC member of the IR, Data and Knowledge Management track of 11th ACS/IEEE International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications (AICCSA), 2014.

Awards and Honors 

2012 Happy Award (for excellence in service-learning), LSU Center for Community Engagement, Learning & Leadership (CCELL).


Curriculum Vitae