Prior to joining MBZUAI, Song was an associate professor of computational science and engineering and the associate director of Center for Machine Learning at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the USA.

He spent several years at various institutes such as Georgia Institute of Technology, Google Research, Carnegie Mellon University and National ICT Australia.

Song’s remarkable works won several best paper awards at the ACM Conference on Recommendation System (Recsys) in 2016, Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (AISTATS) in 2016, IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS) in 2015, Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) in 2013, and International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) in 2010.

Song is a chair of the 39th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2022).