Lu Wei

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Assistant Professor

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Website: http://statnlp.org/
Telephone: +65 6499 4784
Office #: 1.302-10
Pillar / Cluster: Information Systems Technology and Design
Research Areas:Artificial and Augmented Intelligence, Data Science

Biography

I am interested in designing mathematical models and efficient machine learning algorithms for solving fundamental data processing problems, with a specific focus on natural language processing (NLP). I am particularly interested in natural language semantics (in a broad sense) and 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 Bachelor’s degree (1st class) from School of Computing, National University of Singapore.

Highlights

Selected Recent Publications

  • Dependency-based Hybrid Trees for Semantic Parsing
    Zhanming Jie and Wei Lu
    Proceedings of EMNLP’2018: the 2018 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
  • Neural Segmental Hypergraphs for Overlapping Mention Recognition
    Bailin Wang and Wei Lu
    Proceedings of EMNLP’2018: the 2018 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
  • Better Transition-based AMR Parsing with a Refined Search Space
    Zhijiang Guo and Wei Lu
    Proceedings of EMNLP’2018: the 2018 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
  • Neural Adaptation Layers for Cross-domain Named Entity Recognition
    Bill Yuchen Lin and Wei Lu
    Proceedings of EMNLP’2018: the 2018 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
  • A Neural Transition-based Model for Nested Mention Recognition
    Bailin Wang, Wei Lu, Yu Wang and Hongxia Jin
    Proceedings of EMNLP’2018: the 2018 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
  • Learning with Structured Representations for Negation Scope Extraction
    Hao Li and Wei Lu
    Proceedings of ACL’2018: the 56th annual meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics
  • Learning Cross-lingual Distributed Logical Representations for Semantic Parsing
    Yanyan Zou and Wei Lu
    Proceedings of ACL’2018: the 56th annual meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics
  • Learning Latent Opinions for Aspect-level Sentiment Classification
    Bailin Wang and Wei Lu
    Proceedings of AAAI’2018: the 32nd AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence
  • cw2vec: Learning Chinese Word Embeddings with Stroke n-gram Information
    Shaosheng Cao, Wei Lu, Jun Zhou and Xiaolong Li
    Proceedings of AAAI’2018: the 32nd AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence
  • Labeling Gaps Between Words: Recognizing Overlapping Mentions with Mention Separators
    Aldrian Obaja Muis and Wei Lu
    Proceedings of EMNLP’2017: the 2017 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
  • A Simple Regularization-based Algorithm for Learning Cross-Domain Word Embeddings
    Wei Yang, Wei Lu and Vincent W. Zheng
    Proceedings of EMNLP’2017: the 2017 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
  • A Unified Framework for Structured Prediction: From Theory to Practice
    Wei Lu
    Proceedings of EMNLP’2017 (Tutorial Abstracts): the 2017 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
  • Topical Coherence in LDA-based Models through Induced Segmentation
    Hesam Amoualian, Wei Lu, Eric Gaussier, Massih R Amini, Georgios Balikas and Marianne Clausel
    Proceedings of ACL’2017: the 55th annual meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics
  • Neural Architectures for Multilingual Semantic Parsing
    Raymond Hendy Susanto and Wei Lu
    Proceedings of ACL’2017: the 55th annual meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics
  • MalwareTextDB: A Database for Annotated Malware Articles
    Swee Kiat Lim, Aldrian Obaja Muis, Wei Lu and Chen Hui Ong
    Proceedings of ACL’2017: the 55th annual meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics

Group Members

  • Hao Li (PhD student; from: National University of Singapore; internship: Alibaba DAMO)
  • Allan Jie (PhD student; from: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; internship: Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence)
  • Zhijiang Guo (PhD student; from: Sun Yat-sen University, China; internship: University of Edinburgh)
  • Yanyan Zou (PhD student; from: Xiamen University, China; internship: Microsoft Research Asia)
  • Thilini Cooray (PhD student; co-supervised with Ngai-Man Cheung)
  • Yan Zhang (PhD student; from: Jilin University, China)
  • 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)
  • Joel Ong (Research assistant; from: Singapore University of Technology and Design)
  • Guoshun Nan (Research fellow; from: Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China)
  • Juan Cheng (Research fellow; from: National University of Singapore)
  • Ke Shi (Research assistant; from: Nanyang Technological University)
  • Rui Qiao (Research assistant; from: Singapore University of Technology and Design)
  • Jing Liao (Visiting student; from: Zhejiang University, China)
  • Hang Hua (Visiting student; from: Peking University, China)
  • Boyuan Zhuang (Visiting fellow; from: University of Science and Technology of China)
  • Jieyu Chen (Visiting fellow; from: NYU Shanghai, China)
  • Xingce Bao (Visiting fellow; from: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Yingying Zhuang (Visiting fellow; from: Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China)
  • Jack Wu (Visiting fellow; from: York University, Canada)
  • Ivan Sekulić (Visiting fellow; from: Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, Germany)

Group Alumni

  • 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; from: Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India)
  • 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

University Services

  • Member, ISTD undergraduate committee: 2014-
  • ISTD representative, University accreditation committee 2015-
  • Member, Inbound exchange program: 2016-
  • Member, Institutional review board: 2016-
  • Member, Technology application elective committee: 2017-

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 2019)

Research Statement

Press

Interview on Data and Cloud Economy in China Link.

Interview on Government and Machine Learning Link.

Interview on Government and Natural Language Processing Link.