Research Interests

Building a bridge between languages and other modalities.

Publications [Google Scholar]

(#: students I mentored at Microsoft Research)



  • Dec. 2018 - Now, Natural Language Computing Group, Microsoft Research Asia. Principal Researcher.

  • Sept. 2015 - July 2019, Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation (ILCC), University of Edinburgh. Supervisor: Mirella Lapata.

  • June 2017 - Aug. 2017, Natural Language Processing Group, Microsoft Research Redmond. Mentor: Chris Quirk.

  • May 2012 - Sept. 2015, Natural Language Computing Group, Microsoft Research Asia. Mentor: Furu Wei.

  • Oct. 2010 - Sept. 2015, State Key Laboratory of Software Development Environment, Beihang University. Supervisor: Ke Xu.

Honors and Awards

  • AAAI-21 Best Paper Runner Up, 2021

  • 2019 AAAI/ACM SIGAI Doctoral Dissertation Award (Runner Up), 2020

  • ACL-18 Best Paper Honourable Mention, 2018

  • Adeptmind Scholar Fellowship, 2018

  • Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship, 2015

  • Graduate Student Scholarship 1st, 2012

  • AirBus Scholarship, 2011

  • National Scholarship, 2010/2014

  • Qian-Shen Scholarship 1st, 2009

Professional Activities

  • Area Chair: EMNLP-19 (Sentence-level Semantics), EMNLP-20 (Semantics: Sentence-level Semantics, Textual Inference and Other areas), NAACL-21 (Machine Learning for NLP: Language Modeling and Sequence to Sequence Models), ACL-21 (Question Answering), EMNLP-22 (Machine Learning for NLP; NLP Applications; Semantics: Lexical, Sentence level, Textual Inference and Other areas), ACL-23 (Semantics: Sentence-level Semantics, Textual Inference, and Other Areas), NeurIPS 2023

  • Senior Area Chair: IJCNLP-AACL 2023 (Multimodality: Speech, Vision, Robotics, and Beyond)

  • Action Editor: ACL Rolling Review (NAACL-22 Outstanding Action Editor)

  • Senior Program Committee: IJCAI-21

  • Session Chair: EMNLP-19 (Sentence-level Semantics), AACL-20 (Machine Learning for NLP)

  • Program Committee / Reviewer: ACL (ACL-18 Outstanding Reviewer), EMNLP, NAACL, ICML, NeurIPS, ICLR, AAAI, IJCAI, COLING, CL, TACL (Standing Reviewer: 2020-2023), ACL Rolling Review, TPAMI, CVPR, ECCV, Nature Machine Intelligence, TKDE, etc.