Description: Description: \\research\root\web\external\en-us\UM\People\znie\index.1.jpg   Zaiqing Nie (聂再清

      Senior Researcher / Research Manager

      Knowledge Mining Group

      Microsoft Research Asia

 

Mailing Address: Tower 2, No.5, Danling Street

Haidian District, Beijing,

P. R. China, 100080.

 

       Email: znie AT microsoft DOT com

       Tel: (86-10) 5917-3309

 

 



Dr. Zaiqing Nie is a Senior Researcher and Research Manager at Microsoft Research Asia. He leads a research team working on web-scale entity search and knowledge mining. He and his team aim at building an Entity Semantic Web through interactive knowledge mining and crowdsourcing. Zaiqing and his team have built several web-scale entity search systems including: Renlifang (Language: Chinese), and Libra Academic Search, and EntityCube.

Before joining Microsoft in April 2004, Zaiqing graduated in May 2004 with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Arizona State University. He received his Master of Engineering degree in Computer Applications from Tsinghua University in 1998, and his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science and Technology Tsinghua University from in 1996. His research interests include Web Search, Data Mining, Social Computing, and Machine Learning.

 

Deployed Entity Search Systems

EntityCube / Renlifang (人立方)

EntityCube is a research prototype and is a test bed for exploring entity mining and search technologies, which automatically summarizes the Web for entities (such as people, locations and organizations) with a substantial presence.

The need for collecting and understanding Web information about a real-world entity (such as a person or a product) is currently fulfilled manually through search engines. However, information about a single entity might appear in thousands of Web pages. Even if a search engine could find all the relevant Web pages about an entity, the user would need to sift through all these pages to get a complete view of the entity. EntityCube generates summaries of Web entities from billions of public Web pages that contain information about people, locations, and organizations, and allows for exploration of their relationships. For example, users can use EntityCube to find an automatically generated biography page and social-network graph for a person, and use it to discover a relationship path between two people.

Renlifang is the Chinese version of EntityCube. Renlifang currently has millions of daily page-views during the peak days, and its twenty questions game has become a very popular crowdsourcing game in China for us to collect knowledge about entities and to train our entity mining algorithms through user interaction.

 

Microsoft Academic Search

By our entity mining and search technologies, we have created the Microsoft academic search engine (code name: Libra) to facilitate the exchange of ideas and communications between academic communities. A user entering search queries in Libra can retrieve relevant information on academic papers, scientists, conferences, journals, and interest groups thus generates more accurate, relevant, and efficient results in comparison to document-level ranking. Features of this search engine include the ability to:

  Find top scientists, conferences, and journals in a specific field;

  Locate top research papers;

  Identify rising stars or hot topics in your field 

 

Recent Professional Service

 

 

 

Recent Publications

2014

Learning Word Representation Considering Proximity and Ambiguity

Lin Qiu, Yong Cao, Zaiqing Nie, Yong Rui

To appear in the 28th Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), Quebec, Canada, 2014.

 


2012

         Statistical Entity Extraction from Web

Zaiqing Nie, Ji-Rong Wen, Wei-Ying Ma

To appear in the Proceedings of the IEEE, September, 2012 (Invited Paper, Guest Eds.: Edward Chang, Alexander Hauptmann, Thomas Huang, Malcolm Slaney, Shih-Fu Chang).

 


2010

         BioSnowball: Automated Population of Wikis

Xiaojiang Liu, Zaiqing Nie, Nenghai Yu, Ji-Rong Wen

In the Proceedings of SIGKDD 2010.

 


2009

         Closing the Loop in Webpage Understanding

Chunyu Yang, Yong Cao, Zaiqing Nie, Jie Zhou, Ji-Rong Wen.

In IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE), 2009.

 

         Query Result Clustering for Object-level Search
Jongwuk Lee, Seung-won Hwang, Zaiqing Nie, Ji-Rong Wen

To appear in the Proceedings of SIGKDD 2009.

 

         StatSnowball: a Statistical Approach to Extracting Entity Relationships

Jun Zhu, Zaiqing Nie, Xiaojiang Liu, Bo Zhang, Ji-Rong Wen.

To appear in the Proceedings of the 18th international World Wide Web conference (WWW 2009).

 


2008

         WebPage Understanding: Beyond Page-Level Search

Zaiqing Nie, Ji-Rong Wen, and Wei-Ying Ma.

SIGMOD Record, December 2008 (Vol. 37, No. 4). Special Issue on Managing Information Extraction.

 

         Scalable Community Discovery on Textual Data with Relations.

Huajing Li, Zaiqing Nie, Wang-Chien Lee, C. Lee Giles, and Ji-Rong Wen

CIKM 2008 (1203-1212).

 

         Dynamic Hierarchical Markov Random Fields for Integrated Web Data Extraction

Jun Zhu, Zaiqing Nie, Bo Zhang, Ji-Rong Wen.

In the Journal of Machine Learning Research (JMLR), 9(Jul):1583--1614, 2008.

 


2007

         Webpage Understanding: An Integrated Approach

Jun Zhu, Zaiqing Nie, Ji-Rong Wen, Bo Zhang, Hsiao-Wuen Hon.

To appear in the Proceedings of SIGKDD 2007.

 

         Name Disambiguation Using Web Connection
Yiming Lu, Zaiqing Nie, Taoyuan Cheng, Ying Gao, Ji-Rong Wen.

To appear in the AAAI-07 Workshop on Information Integration on the Web (IIWeb 2007).

Jun Zhu, Zaiqing Nie, Bo Zhang, Ji-Rong Wen.

To appear in the Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Machine Learning  (ICML 2007).

 

         Web Object Retrieval

Zaiqing Nie, Yunxiao Ma, Shuming Shi, Ji-Rong Wen, Wei-Ying Ma.

In the Proceedings of the 16th international World Wide Web conference (WWW 2007).

 

         Object-Level Vertical Search

Zaiqing Nie, Ji-Rong Wen, Wei-Ying Ma.

In the Third Biennial Conference on Innovative Data Systems Research (CIDR 2007, research paper).

 

         Web-Scale Entity Search (this paper is in Chinese: 对象级别的互联网垂直搜索)

Zaiqing Nie, Ji-Rong Wen, Wei-Ying Ma.

In Communications of China Computer Federation, Vol. 3, Nr. 4 (2007), pp. 24-28, 2007 (Invited Paper).

 

 


2006

         Simultaneous Record Detection and Attribute Labeling in Web Data Extraction

Jun Zhu, Zaiqing Nie, Ji-Rong Wen, Bo Zhang, Wei-Ying Ma.

In the 12th International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining  (SIGKDD 2006, full paper).

 

Honghua(Kathy) Dai, Zaiqing Nie, Lee Wang, Lingzhi Zhao, Ji-Rong Wen, Ying Li.

In Proceedings of the 15th international World Wide Web conference (WWW 2006, industry track).

  

         Extracting Objects from the Web

Zaiqing Nie, Fei Wu, Ji-Rong Wen, Wei-Ying Ma.

In the 22nd International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE 2006, poster paper).

 


2005

Jun Zhu, Zaiqing Nie, Ji-Rong Wen, Bo Zhang, Wei-Ying Ma.

In the 22nd International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2005).
 

         Object-Level Ranking: Bringing Order to Web Objects.
Zaiqing Nie, Yuanzhi Zhang, Ji-Rong Wen, and Wei-Ying Ma.

In Proceedings of the 14th international World Wide Web conference (WWW 2005),

May 10-14, 2005, in Chiba, Japan.

         Effectively mining and using coverage and overlap statistics for data integration.
Zaiqing Nie, Subbarao Kambhampati and Ullas Nambiar.
IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE). Vol. 17, No. 5, May 2005.


2004

         A Frequency-based Approach for Mining Coverage Statistics in Data Integration.
Zaiqing Nie and Subbarao Kambhampati
In Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE 2004).
 

         Optimizing Recursive Information Gathering Plans in EMERAC.
S. Kambhampati, E. Lambrecht, U. Nambiar, Z. Nie and G. Senthil.
Journal of Intelligent Information Systems
. Volume 22, Number 2, March 2004.


 


 

 

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