LU Wei

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Associate Professor & Associate Head of Pillar (Research)

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Website: http://statnlp.org/
Telephone: +65 6499 4784

Pillar / Cluster: Design and Artificial Intelligence, Information Systems Technology and Design

Biography

I am interested in designing mathematical models and machine learning algorithms for solving fundamental data processing problems, with a specific focus on natural language processing (NLP). I am particularly interested in fundamental problems related to structured prediction. Prior to joining SUTD, I worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was a PhD student at the Singapore-MIT Alliance of the National University of Singapore. Even earlier, I received my undergraduate degree (1st class honors) from the School of Computing, National University of Singapore.

News

  • Jul 2022: Congratulations to Xinyu Wang for winning the Best Paper Award (top 0.45%=1/221) at SemEval 2022!
  • Jun 2022: Our StatNLP Group’s 10-year NLP research is ranked 12th (adj #: 17.8) globally based on CSRankings.
  • May 2022: Congratulations to Shengqiang Zhang for joining LMU Munich as a PhD student (with Hinrich Schütze)!
  • Feb 2022: Congratulations to Xinyu Wang for winning SemEval 2022 Task 11 in 10 out of 13 tracks!
  • Jan 2022: Congratulations to Yuxiang Zhou for joining Warwick University as a Postdoc (with Yulan He)!
  • Jul 2021: Congratulations to Jierui Li for joining the University of Texas at Austin as a PhD student (with Raymond Mooney)!

Recent Services

Selected Publications

Full publication list

Group Members

  • Liying Cheng (PhD student; from: Singapore University of Technology and Design; 1st Class Honors)
  • Richard Sun (PhD student; from: National University of Defense Science and Technology, China)
  • Lu Xu (PhD student; from: Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Haoran Li (PhD student; from: University of Electronic Science and Technology of China)
  • Qi Zhang (PhD student; from: Zhejiang University, China; 1st Prize in National Mathematical Olympiad Competition, China)
  • Steven Wang (PhD student; from: Zhejiang University, China)
  • Guangtao Zeng (PhD student; from: Sun Yat-Sen University, China)
  • Sicong Leng (PhD student; from: Singapore University of Technology and Design; 1st Class Honors)
  • Tianduo Wang (PhD student; from: Singapore University of Technology and Design; 1st Class Honors)
  • Jiaxi Li (PhD student; from: Singapore University of Technology and Design; 1st Class Honors)
  • Jiale Han (Visiting PhD student; from: Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China)
  • Lulu Zhao (Visiting PhD student; from: Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China)
  • Xinyu Wang (Visiting PhD student; from: ShanghaiTech University, China)
  • Vanessa Tan Yun Han (Research assistant; from: Singapore University of Technology and Design)
  • Peiyuan Zhang (Research assistant; from: Singapore University of Technology and Design)
  • Ziqi Jin (UROP; from: Singapore University of Technology and Design)
  • Yutian Lin (UROP; from: Singapore University of Technology and Design)
  • Zhehao Zhang (Visiting fellow; from: Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Zhiyuan College), China)
  • Yilin Liu (Visiting Fellow; from: Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China)

Group Alumni (PhD Students)

  • Zhijiang Guo
    To: University of Cambridge
    Internship: University of Edinburgh
  • Yanyan Zou
    To: Tencent AI Lab
    Internship: Microsoft Research Asia
  • Hao Li
    To: ByteDance AI Singapore
    Internship: Alibaba DAMO
  • Allan Jie
    To: ByteDance AI Singapore
    Internship: Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
    ISTD Best PhD Thesis Award

Group Alumni (Others)

  • Shengqiang Zhang (Research assistant; to: Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany)
  • Zizhe Jiang (Visiting fellow; to: University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Shuyi Jia (UROP; to: Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Christine Liu (Visiting fellow; from: University College London, UK)
  • Qingcheng Zeng (Visiting fellow; to: Northwestern University, USA)
  • Yuxiang Zhou (Visiting PhD student; to: University of Warwick, UK)
  • Jierui Li (Research assistant; to: University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Jiaqi Zeng (Visiting fellow; to: Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Yao Xiao (Visiting fellow; from: Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)
  • Xiaobao Wu (Visiting fellow; from: Tsinghua University, China)
  • Ankit Garg (Visiting fellow; to: University of California San Diego, USA)
  • Rui Qiao (Research assistant; to: National University of Singapore)
  • Jue Wang (Visiting fellow; from: Zhejiang University, China)
  • Xingce Bao (Visiting fellow; from: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Ivan Sekulić (Visiting fellow; from: Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, Germany)
  • Jack Wu (Visiting fellow; from: York University, Canada)
  • Jieyu Chen (Visiting fellow; to: Cornell University, USA)
  • Boyuan Zhuang (Research assistant; from: University of Science and Technology of China)
  • Jing Liao (Visiting student; from: Zhejiang University, China)
  • Ke Shi (Research assistant; to: A*STAR AI, Singapore)
  • Jiaqi Pan (Visiting fellow; to: Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Rishabh Bhardwaj (Visiting student; to: National University of Singapore)
  • Leiming Du (Research assistant; to: Huawei, China)
  • Yu Jian Wu (Visiting student; to: Columbia University, USA)
  • Anh Nguyen Tuan (Visiting fellow; from: Vietnam National University)
  • Peter Phandi (Research assistant; from: National University of Singapore)
  • Utkarsh Sinha (Visiting fellow; to: Columbia University, USA)
  • Yiran Wang (Research officer; to: Columbia University, USA)
  • Amila Silva (Research assistant; to: Singapore Management University)
  • Hans Du (Visiting student; from: Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
  • Bill Lin (Visiting student; to: University of Southern California, USA)
  • Yinan Shao (Visiting student; from: Harbin Institute of Technology, China)
  • Bailin Wang (Visiting student; to: University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Rachael Boyle (Visiting student; from: University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Yaqi Xie (UROP; to: National University of Singapore)
  • Siyuan Wang (UROP; to: Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Aldrian Obaja Muis (Research assistant; to: Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Raymond Hendy Susanto (Research assistant; from: National University of Singapore)
  • Swee Kiat Lim (Reserach officer; from: National University of Singapore)
  • Wei Yang (Visiting student; to: University of Waterloo, Canada)
  • Hesam Amoualian (Visiting student; from: University of Grenoble Alpes, France)
  • Shaosheng Cao (Research assistant; to: AI Department, Ant Financial Services Group/Alipay, China)
  • Liling Tan (Research assistant; from: Saarland University, Germany)
  • Moein Khajehnejad (Research officer; from: Sharif University of Technology, Iran)
  • Jonathan Löfgren (Research officer; from: Uppsala University, Sweden)
  • Bojia Qiu (Visiting student; from: Zhejiang University (Chu Kochen Honors College))
  • Wenqiang Xu (Research officer; from: University of Science and Technology of China (Special Class for the Gifted Young))
  • Tu Thanh Vu (Research officer; to: University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
  • Si Kai Lee (Research officer; to: Columbia University, USA)
  • Sadegh Charmchi (Research officer; to: University of Alberta, Canada)
  • Ruidan He (UROP; to: National University of Singapore)
  • Cuong Xuan Chu (Research officer; to: Max Planck Institute, Germany)
  • Lifei Chen (Research officer; to: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Sean Matthew English (Research officer; to: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Institute, Germany)

Recent Research Grants

  • Principal Investigator, Alibaba Innovative Research Program (2018-2019), US$100K
  • Principal Investigator, MOE Tier 2 Grant (2018-2021). S$540K
  • Principal Investigator, DSO Collaboration Grant (2017-2019). S$500K
  • Principal Investigator, Defence Innovative Research Programme Project (TBA). S$890K
  • Principal Investigator, MINDEF Grant – CISDeM T3 (2014-2018). S$610K

Awards

  • Best Paper Award, the 2011 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP’11), 2011
  • Dean’s Graduate Research Excellence Award, School of Computing, National University of Singapore, 2009-2010
  • Research Achievement Award, School of Computing, National University of Singapore, 2008-2009
  • President’s Fellowship, National University of Singapore, 2006-2007
  • Singapore-MIT Alliance Scholarship, 2005-2006, 2006-2009
  • Dean’s List, School of Computing, National University of Singapore, 2001-2005
  • Singapore MOE Undergraduate Scholarship, 2000-2005
  • 1st Prize (perfect score: 140/140), National Mathematical Olympiad Competition, China, 1996
  • 1st Prize, National Mathematical Olympiad Competition, China, 1995

Teaching

Open Positions

I am looking for strong candidates for the following positions: Postdoctoral researchers, Research assistants, Visiting students, UG researchers, Programmers and PhD students. Drop me an email if you are interested.

Curriculum Vitae

My current CV (updated Feb 2022)

Research Statement

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