What’s New

  • 06/2021: I accepted the invitation to serve as an evaluation committee member for the 7th IVADO postdoc funding competition.
  • 05/2021: Three papers on question generation, document hashing, and sentiment triplet extraction are accepted at ACL'21.
  • 05/2021: One paper on user purchase prediction is accepted at TWEB'21.
  • 05/2021: One Springer book chapter on GNNs for NLP is accepted.
  • 05/2021: One conference tutorial on GNNs for NLP is accepted at IJCAI 2021, KDD 2021, SIGIR 2021.
  • 04/2021: I accepted the invitation to serve as Program Committee member of WSDM 2022, EMNLP 2021, CIKM 2021, KDD 2021, KDD DLG’21, AAAI 2021.
  • 04/2021: I gave a talk on "Data, Knowledge, and Logic: Modeling and Reasoning for Natural Language Understanding" at Queen's University, Canada.
  • 04/2021: Received a NSERC Discovery Grant (Sole PI) on "Low-resource Natural Language Understanding". Thanks NSERC!
  • 04/2021: I accepted the invitation to join the Editorial Board of Image Processing (specialty section of Frontiers in Signal Processing) as a Review Editor.
  • 03/2021: I served as a voluntary mentor in the 2021 Mila Mentorship Program.
  • 03/2021: One paper on dialogue management is accepted at NAACL'21.
  • 03/2021: Received a Mila Startup Fund (Sole PI). Thanks Mila!
  • 01/2021: One paper on taxonomy expansion is accepted at WWW'21.
  • 01/2021: I am teaching a new course "IFT6010 - Modern Natural Language Processing" this semester.
  • 12/2020: I gave a talk on "Question Generation and Ontology Creation for Low-Resource NLP" at Mila - Quebec AI Institute.
  • 02~12/2020: I gave a talk on "Graph-Powered Natural Language Processing" at DeepMind (Montreal), Fudan University, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zhejiang University.
  • 10/2020: One paper on query-based document summarization is accepted at Computer Speech & Language'21.
  • 08/2020: I joined the Department of CS (DIRO) at University of Montreal and Mila - Quebec AI Institute, as an Assistant Professor.
  • 07/2020: I accepted the invitation to serve as Program Committee member of ICML 2020; WSDM 2021; ICKG 2020; ICKG 2021; PIC 2020.
  • 02/2020: I gave a talk on "Natural Language Processing and Text Mining with graph-structured representations" at Université de Montréal, University of Georgia.
  • 01/2020: I obtained my PhD degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta!

Education & Training

  • Ph.D.January 2016 - January 2020

    Doctor of Philosophy

    University of Alberta (UA), Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Canada

  • M.Sc.September 2013 - September 2015

    Master of Science

    University of Alberta (UA), Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Canada

  • B.E.August 2009 - June 2013

    Bachelor of Engineering

    University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Dept. of Electronic Engineering and Information Science, China

Honors & Awards

  • May 2020
    Governor General’s Gold Medal nomination
  • May 2020
    George Walker PhD Award in Electrical Engineering
  • Sep. 2017 - Sep. 2019
    Alberta Innovates - Graduate Student Scholarship (63,000 CAD)
  • Apr. 2019
    J Gordin Kaplan Graduate Student Award (1,500 CAD)
  • Jan. 2016 - Jan. 2017
    University of Alberta Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship (15,000 CAD)
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    Top 30% among 118 students.
  • Oct. 2012
    Outstanding Student Scholarship 3rd grade
  • Mar. 2012
    Meritorious Winner in Mathematical Contest in Modeling
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    Top 11% among 3697 teams.
    2012 MCM Problem A Results.
  • Oct. 2011
    Award of Excellence in the 11th Robogame Contest of USTC
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    Top 30% among all teams.
  • Oct. 2010
    Outstanding Student Scholarship 3rd grade