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 honours) from School of Computing, National University of Singapore.

Highlights

Selected Recent Publications

  • Uncovering Main Causalities for Long-tailed Information Extraction
    Guoshun Nan, Jiaqi Zeng, Rui Qiao, Zhijiang Guo and Wei Lu
    EMNLP’2021: the 2021 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
  • To be Closer: Learning to Link up Aspects with Opinions
    Yuxiang Zhou, Lejian Liao, Yang Gao, Zhanming Jie and Wei Lu
    EMNLP’2021: the 2021 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
  • Exploring Task Difficulty for Few-Shot Relation Extraction
    Jiale Han, Bo Cheng and Wei Lu
    EMNLP’2021: the 2021 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
  • Speaker-Oriented Latent Structures for Dialogue-Based Relation Extraction
    Guoshun Nan, Guoqing Luo, Sicong Leng, Yao Xiao and Wei Lu
    EMNLP’2021: the 2021 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
  • Mixed Cross Entropy Loss for Neural Machine Translation
    Haoran Li and Wei Lu
    ICML’2021: Thirty-eighth International Conference on Machine Learning (long talk: AR: 3%)
  • Better Feature Integration for Named Entity Recognition
    Lu Xu, Zhanming Jie, Wei Lu and Lidong Bing
    NAACL’2021: the 2021 Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics
  • Interventional Video Grounding with Dual Contrastive Learning
    Guoshun Nan, Rui Qiao, Yao Xiao, Jun Liu, Sicong Leng, Hao Zhang, Wei Lu
    CVPR’2021: the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Understanding Attention for Text Classification
    Xiaobing Sun and Wei Lu
    ACL’2020: the 57th annual meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics
  • Reasoning with Latent Structure Refinement for Document-Level Relation Extraction
    Guoshun Nan, Zhijiang Guo, Ivan Sekulić and Wei Lu
    ACL’2020: the 57th annual meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics
  • Two are Better Than One: Joint Entity and Relation Extraction with Table-Sequence Encoders
    Jue Wang and Wei Lu
    EMNLP’2020: the 2020 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
  • Pre-training for Abstractive Document Summarization by Reinstating Source Text
    Yanyan Zou, Xingxing Zhang, Wei Lu, Furu Wei and Ming Zhou
    EMNLP’2020: the 2020 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
  • Position-Aware Tagging for Aspect Sentiment Triplet Extraction
    Lu Xu, Hao Li, Wei Lu and Lidong Bing
    EMNLP’2020: the 2020 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
  • Aspect Based Sentiment Analysis with Aspect-Specific Opinion Spans
    Lu Xu, Lidong Bing, Wei Lu and Fei Huang
    EMNLP’2020: the 2020 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
  • Lightweight, Dynamic Graph Convolutional Networks for AMR-to-Text Generation
    Yan Zhang, Zhijiang Guo, Zhiyang Teng, Wei Lu, Shay B. Cohen, Zuozhu Liu, Lidong Bing
    EMNLP’2020: the 2020 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
  • Knowledge Graph Empowered Entity Description Generation
    Liying Cheng, Dekun Wu, Lidong Bing, Yan Zhang, Zhanming Jie, Wei Lu and Luo Si
    EMNLP’2020: the 2020 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
  • Re-examining the Role of Schema Linking in Text-to-SQL
    Wenqiang Lei, Weixin Wang, Zhixin Ma, Tian Gan, Wei Lu, Min-Yen Kan and Tat-Seng Chua
    EMNLP’2020: the 2020 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
  • Argument Pair Extraction from Peer Review and Rebuttal via Multi-task Learning
    Liying Cheng, Lidong Bing, Qian Yu, Wei Lu and Luo Si
    EMNLP’2020: the 2020 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
  • Attention-based Context Aware Reasoning for Situation Recognition
    Thilini Cooray, Ngai-Man Cheung and Wei Lu
    CVPR’2020: the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Learning Latent Forests for Medical Relation Extraction
    Zhijiang Guo, Guoshun Nan, Wei Lu and Shay B. Cohen
    IJCAI’2020: the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence.
  • Knowing What, How and Why: a Near Complete Solution for Aspect-based Sentiment Analysis
    Haiyun Peng, Lu Xu, Lidong Bing, Fei Huang, Wei Lu, and Luo Si
    AAAI’2020: the 34th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence.

Group Members

  • Thilini Cooray (PhD student; co-supervised with Ngai-Man Cheung)
  • Liying Cheng (PhD student; from: Singapore University of Technology and Design)
  • 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)
  • Yuxiang Zhou (Visiting PhD student; from: Beijing Institute of Technology, China)
  • 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)
  • Tianduo Wang (Research assistant; from: Singapore University of Technology and Design)
  • Vanessa Tan Yun Han (Research assistant; from:Singapore University of Technology and Design)
  • Sicong Leng (Research assistant; from: Singapore University of Technology and Design)
  • Jiaxi Li (Research assistant; from: Singapore University of Technology and Design)
  • Christine Liu (Visiting fellow; from: University College London, UK)
  • Qingcheng Zeng (Visiting fellow; from: Zhejiang University, China)
  • Zhehao Zhang (Visiting fellow; from: Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Zhiyuan College), China)
  • Zizhe Jiang (Visiting fellow; from: University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China)
  • Peiyuan Zhang (UROP; from: Singapore University of Technology and Design)
  • Ziqi Jin (UROP; from: Singapore University of Technology and Design)
  • Shuyi Jia (UROP; from: Singapore University of Technology and Design)

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 (Postdocs)

  • Guoshun Nan
    To: Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China (特聘研究员; Equivalent to Professor)

Group Alumni (Others)

  • 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)
  • Guoqing Luo (Visiting fellow; to: University of Alberta, Canada)
  • Xiaobao Wu (Visiting fellow; from: Tsinghua University, China)
  • Ankit Garg (Visiting fellow; from: Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India)
  • 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 (Full credits: 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 Mar 2021)

Research Statement

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