Wei Xu

Postdoctoral Researcher
Computer and Information Science Department
University of Pennsylvania

xwe@cis.upenn.edu




| CV | research | publications | services |
      I just started as a postdoc with Chris Callison-Burch at University of Pennsylvania. My research interest is centered around natural language processing, with an emphasis on text-to-text generation and social media.

I recently graduated with a PhD in Computer Science from New York University. My advisor was Ralph Grishman. I have been immensely fortunate to work and co-author with Adam Meyers at NYU, Bill Dolan at Microsoft Research, Le Zhao at Google, Joel Tetreault and Martin Chodorow during internship at Educational Testing Service, Alan Ritter and Raphael Hoffmann during the visit at University of Washington, and Wenjie Li at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. I received my bachelor and master degrees in Computer Science from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

When I have spare time, I enjoy arts, traveling, snowboarding, rock climbing, sailing and windsurfing.

I also made a list of the best dressed NLP researchers.

What's New

Research

Technnologies that help computers and human beings to read and write are very fascinating to me. My current projects include:
  • sentence simplification
  • paraphrase between language variations (Twitter vs formal; Modern vs Shakespearean)
  • poem generation (fun crowdsourcing project with two undergraduates)
I am also interested in information extraction and related techniques, e.g. summarization and information retrieval, that distill important information from large-scale dataset.

Services

Session Chair :
     ACL (2014)

Program Committee :
     EMNLP (2014), COLING (2014), ACL (2014), LASM (2014), ACL (2013), AAAI (2012)
     Mid-Atlantic Student Colloquium on Speech, Language and Learning (2011)

External Reviewer :
     CoNLL (2014), WWW (2014), CIKM (2013), *SEM (2013), CoNLL(2013), EMNLP (2012)

Publications