Hong-Liang SUN

Visiting Assistant Professor

计算机科学系 / 理工学院
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PMB 424, Sir Peter Mansfield Building


University of Nottingham Ningbo China


199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China


+86 (0) 574 8818 0000 (Ext: 8570)


PhD in Computer Science, University of Nottingham

MEng in Software Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China

BSc in Computer Science, Wuhan University


Dr. Hong-Liang SUN holds BSc degree from Wuhan University and Master degree from University of Science and Technology in China (USTC). He completes PhD in the University of Nottingham in 2018. He serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Computer Science in UNNC from 2021. He has been awarded 3 grants, including 1 grant (190k RMB) from NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China) as PI and 2 grants from Jiang-Su Province as Co-PI (2.2 million RMB). His current research mainly focuses on Complex Network Science and Machine Learning, which will solve real world research problems from E-commerce rating systems, digital port automation and social computing areas. He has published more than 10 papers indexed by SCI and EI, including well-known top-tier journals Knowledge-Based Systems (KBS), Chaos and Physica A. He is invited as external reviewer from many well-known SCI-indexed journals including Knowledge-Based Systems, Physica A, Chaos, Industrial Management & Data Systems and CCF conferences.


Big Data Technology and Applications

E-commerce Data Analytics

Software Engineering


His interests mainly focus on the cutting edge real-world problems from E-commerce and social computing. Interdisciplinary research is carried out to combine complex networks theory and machine learning technologies, especially Game theory, Percolation, Unsupervised Learning, RNN and DRL to solve real-world problems, including Spammer Detection and VRL in Cross-border E-commerce systems.


[1][J1] H.L. Sun (#), E. Ch’ng, X. Yong, J. M. Garibaldi, S. See, D.B. Chen, A Fast Community Detection Method in Bipartite Networks by Distance Dynamics, Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications (2018, Impact factors=2.243)

[2][J2] D.B. Chen H.L. Sun (#) et al. Identifying Influential Spreaders in Complex Networks by Propagation Probability Dynamics, Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science (2019, Impact factors=2.415)

[3][J3] H. L. Sun(#,*), K. P. Liang, H. Liao, D. B. Chen, Evaluating User Reputation of Online Rating Systems by Rating Statistical Patterns, Knowledge-Based Systems, (2021, Impact factors=5.921)

[4][J4] H.L. Sun (#), E. Ch’ng, S. See, Influential Spreaders in the Political Twitter Sphere of the 2013 Malaysian General Election, Industrial Management & Data System (2019, Impact factors=2.948)

[5][J5] H.L. Sun (#), J.L. He, E. Ch’ng, J. M. Garibaldi, D.B. Chen, Identifying Multiple Influential Spreaders on Weighted Networks by Voting, Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications (2019, Impact factors=2.243)

[6][J6] Q. Y. Fu, J. F. Ren (*) and H. L. Sun (*),Iterative Group-based and Difference Ranking Method for Online Rating Systems with Spamming Attacks, International Journal of Modern Physics C (2020, Impact factors =1.171)

[7][J7] H.L. Sun (#), E. Ch’ng, X. Yong, J. M. Garibaldi, S. See, D.B. Chen, An Improved Game-theoretic Approach to Uncover Overlapping Communities, International Journal of Modern Physics C (2017, Impact factors =1.171)

[8][J8] H. L Sun, G. X. Liu et al. An Interval Division Ranking Method to Identify Spammers in Rating Systems (working paper)

[9][J9] J. T. Huang H.L. Sun et al. A Deviation-based User Reputation Ranking Method in Online Rating Systems (working paper)

[10][C1] Z. Qi, Z. Bu, X. Xiong, H. L. Sun and et al. A Stock Index Prediction Framework: Integrating Technical and Topological Mesoscale Indicators (2019, IEEE 20th International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration for Data Science)

[11][C2] X., Yong, H. L. Sun and J. Li, Entanglement Plays an Important Role in Evolutionary Generalized Prisoner’s Dilemma Game on Small-world Networks (2016, IEEE Advanced Information Management, Communicates, Electronics and Automation Control Conference, IMCEC)

[12][C3] H. L. Sun, E. Ch’ng and S. See, A Provision For Visualization of Evolving Virtual Communities (ICOSCM2015 2015, International Conference on Operations and Supply Chain Management, Ningbo, China)

[13][P1] H. L. Sun, Q. Y. Fu, Z. Bu, J. Cao, A Novel Method to Detect Spammers in E-commerce Systems. Authorized Invention Patent, [CN11122647A] Feb. 26, 2021

[14][P2] H. L. Sun, K. P. Liang, Z. Bu, J. Cao, A New Method to Identify E-commerce Water Army using Range Analysis. Authorized Invention Patent Grant, [CN111275526A] Feb 27, 2021

[15][P3] H. L. Sun, H. B. Cai, Training Method and System for Language Models. Authorized Invention Patent [CN102509549B] Aug 14, 2013.

[16][P4] H. L. Sun, et al. A Novel Method to Detect Spamming Groups using Interval Division. (Working Patent)

科研项目 / 研究基金

[F1] Data-driven Research on Rating Systems and Group Spammer Detection Models in E-commerce (PI, NSFC, 2020-2022, 190,000 RMB, 71901115)

[F2] Spammer Detection in E-commerce Rating Systems (Excellent Young Scholar Programme from Nanjing University of Finance and Economics, PI, 2019-2021 120, 000 RMB)

[F3] Research on Academic Paper Reading Strategies using Semantic Understanding Technologies (Co-PI, Natural Science Foundation of Jiang-Su Province, 2020-2022, 200,000 RMB, BK20190793)

[F4] Cross-border E-business Recommender Systems Integrating Contextual Information (Co-PI, Natural Science Foundation of Jiang-Su Province, Belt and Road International Cooperation Program, 2021-2023, 2 million RMB, BZ2020008)