I am a research manager of the Knowledge Mining group at Microsoft Research Asia. My research interests are knowledge mining, social computing, question answering, and automatic summarization.
Recently, my main research directions are: (1) developing a semantic computing framework for real world applications and services including automatic acquisition of semantic knowledge, machine reading for semantic indexing, and automatic understanding of user intents; and (2) developing big social data analytics platform and services – Soul. Building on experiences learned from the Soul project, my team is developing technologies to automatically learn social interaction knowledge from large-scale real world online data and transform unstructured and semi-structured web data into structured data to enable semantic computing. The goal is to enable rich and context-aware interactive client plus cloud computing applications powered by automatically distilled intelligent data.
I developed automatic evaluation technologies for summarization, QA, and MT. In particular, I created the ROUGE automatic summarization evaluation package. It has become the de facto standard in summarization evaluations. ROUGE has been chosen as the official automatic evaluation package for Document Understanding Conference since 2004.
Before joining Microsoft, I was a senior research scientist at the Information Sciences Institute at University of Southern California (USC/ISI) where I worked in the Natural Language Processing and Machine Translation group since 1997. I was the program co-chair of ACL 2012 and program co-chair of AAAI 2011 AI & the Web Special Track.
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