Graph Neural Networks

Foundations, Frontiers, and Applications

Lingfei Wu, JD.COM
Peng Cui, Tsinghua University
Jian Pei, Simon Fraser University
Liang Zhao, Emory University


The field of graph neural networks (GNNs) has seen rapid and incredible strides over the recent years. Graph neural networks, also known as deep learning on graphs, graph representation learning, or geometric deep learning have become one of the fastest-growing research topics in machine learning, especially deep learning. This wave of research at the intersection of graph theory and deep learning has also influenced other fields of science, including recommendation systems, computer vision, natural language processing, inductive logic programming, program synthesis, software mining, automated planning, cybersecurity, and intelligent transportation.

Although graph neural networks have achieved remarkable attention, it still faces many challenges when applying them into other domains, from the theoretical understanding of methods to the scalability and interpretability in a real system, and from the soundness of the methodology to the empirical performance in an application. However, as the field rapidly grows, it has been extremely challenging to gain a global perspective of the developments of GNNs. Therefore, we feel the urgency to bridge the above gap and have a comprehensive book on this fast-growing yet challenging topic, which can benefit a broad audience including advanced undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, lecturers, and industrial practitioners.

This book is intended to cover a broad range of topics in graph neural networks, from the foundations to the frontiers, and from the methodologies to the applications. Our book is dedicated to introducing the fundamental concepts and algorithms of GNNs, new research frontiers of GNNs, and broad and emerging applications with GNNs.

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Copyrights and Citation

This book is a pre-publication draft of the book that will be published by Springer. The publishers have generously agreed to allow the public hosting of the pre-publication draft, which does not include the publisher's formatting or revisions. The book should be cited as follows:

author = {Wu, Lingfei and Cui, Peng and Pei, Jian and Zhao, Liang},
title = {Graph Neural Networks: Foundations, Frontiers, and Applications},
publisher = {Springer},
address = {Singapore},
pages = {720},
year = {2021},

L. Wu, P. Cui, J. Pei, and L. Zhao. Graph Neural Networks: Foundations, Frontiers, and Applications. Springer, Singapore, 2021
All copyrights held by the authors and publishers extend to the pre-publication drafts.


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