Wei Xu

Postdoctoral Researcher
Computer and Information Science Department
University of Pennsylvania


[UPDATE] My home page has moved to : http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~xwe/

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      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 from the Computer Science Department at 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 CMU, 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.

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Technnologies that help computers and human beings to read and write are very fascinating to me. My current projects are about capturing language variations in the noisy text in Social Media, and paraphrasing between different language styles (formal vs. informal; Modern vs. Shakespearean). I am also interested in information extraction and related techniques, e.g. summarization and information retrieval, that distill important information from large-scale dataset.


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

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