Xuchen Yao



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    Xuchen Yao

  I run KITT.AI.

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PhD

2010-2014

in Computer Science, advised by Benjamin Van Durme and Chris Callison-Burch.

Master of Science

2009-2010

in Language Science and Technology, advised by Yi Zhang and Hans Uszkoreit.

Master of Arts

2008-2009

in Linguistics, advised by Gosse Bouma.

Bachelor of Science

2002-2006

in Acoustics, advised by Yuan Fang.

Experience


2016
August

Invited Talk

at Facebook Seattle on Hybrid Paradigms for Human-Bot Interfaces.

2015
August

Invited Talk

at Microsoft Research on Responsive Natural Language Interfaces to the Internet of Things and Services.

July

Invited Talk

at VoiceBox on Responsive Natural Language Interfaces to the Internet of Questions and Things.

2014
March

Invited Talk

at University of Pennsylvania on Discriminative Models for Monolingual Alignment.

2013
Summer

Internship

at Google Research with Dekang Lin.

March

Invited Talk

at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center on Feature-driven Question Answering.

Before 2013
2012 Summer

Internship

at Vulcan Inc with Peter Clark.

2011 Summer

Internship

at USC/ISI with David Chiang.

2010 Spring

Visiting Research Student

at City University of Hong Kong with Chunyu KIT.

2009 Summer

Internship

at USC/ICT, with Kenji Sagae, Kallirroi Georgila, Anton Leuski, and David Traum.

2008 January-August

Internship

at Nokia Research Center Beijing with Feng Ding.

2007

Student

at Institute of Acoustics, Chinese Academy of Sciences with Qiang Fu.

2006 January-June

Internship

at Motorola Global Software Group with Wei Deng.

Publication


Xuchen Yao, Guoguo Chen, Kenji Sagae, and Daniel Li. The new paradigm for human-bot communication. In TechCrunch. 2016.
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Xuchen Yao. Lean Question Answering over Freebase from Scratch. In Proceedings of NAACL Demo Track. 2015. Denver, Colorado, USA.
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Ellie Pavlick, Juri Ganitkevich, Tsz Ping Chan, Xuchen Yao, Ben Van Durme and Chris Callison-Burch. Domain-Specific Paraphrase Extraction. In Proceedings of ACL short. 2015. Beijing, China.
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Xuchen Yao, Jonathan Berant and Benjamin Van Durme. Freebase QA: Information Extraction or Semantic Parsing?. In Proceedings of ACL Workshop on Semantic Parsing. 2014. Baltimore, MD, USA.
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Xuchen Yao and Benjamin Van Durme. Information Extraction over Structured Data: Question Answering with Freebase. In Proceedings of ACL. 2014. Baltimore, MD, USA.
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Xuchen Yao. Feature-driven Question Answering With Natural Language Alignment. PhD Dissertation. 2014. Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore, MD, USA.
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Travis Wolfe and Benjamin Van Durme and Mark Dredze and Nicholas Andrews and Charley Beller and Chris Callison-Burch and Jay DeYoung and Justin Snyder and Jonathan Weese and Tan Xu and Xuchen Yao. PARMA: A Predicate Argument Aligner. In Proceedings of ACL short. 2013. Sofia, Bulgaria.
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Xuchen Yao, Benjamin Van Durme and Peter Clark. Automatic Coupling of Answer Extraction and Information Retrieval. In Proceedings of ACL short. 2013. Sofia, Bulgaria.
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Xuchen Yao, Benjamin Van Durme, Chris Callison-Burch and Peter Clark. Semi-Markov Phrase-based Monolingual Alignment. In Proceedings of EMNLP. 2013. Seattle, Washington, USA.
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Xuchen Yao, Benjamin Van Durme, Peter Clark and Chris Callison-Burch. Answer Extraction as Sequence Tagging with Tree Edit Distance. In Proceedings of NAACL. 2013. Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
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Xuchen Yao, Benjamin Van Durme, Chris Callison-Burch and Peter Clark. A Lightweight and High Performance Monolingual Word Aligner. In Proceedings of ACL short. 2013. Sofia, Bulgaria.
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Chengzhi Zhang, Xuchen Yao and Chunyu Kit. Finding More Bilingual Web Pages with High Credibility via Link Analysis. In Proceedings of the 6th Workshop on Building and Using Comparable Corpora (BUCC). 2013. Sofia, Bulgaria.
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Peter Clark, Phil Harrison and Xuchen Yao. An Entailment-Based Approach to the QA4MRE Challenge. In Proc. CLEF 2012 (Conference and Labs of the Evaluation Forum) - QA4MRE (Question Answering for Machine Reading Evaluation) Lab. 2012.
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Xuchen Yao, Emma Tosch, Grace Chen, Elnaz Nouri, Ron Artstein, Anton Leuski, Kenji Sagae and David Traum. Creating Conversational Characters Using Question Generation Tools. In Dialogue and Discourse, Special Issue on Question Generation. 2012.
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Xuchen Yao, Gosse Bouma and Yi Zhang. Semantics-based Question Generation and Implementation. In Dialogue and Discourse, Special Issue on Question Generation. 2012.
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Xuchen Yao, Benjamin Van Durme and Chris Callison-Burch. Expectations of Word Sense in Parallel Corpora. In Proceedings of NAACL. 2012. Montreal, Canada.
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Xuchen Yao. Generating More Specific Questions. In AAAI Symposium on Question Generation. 2011.
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Xuchen Yao and Benjamin Van Durme. Nonparametric Bayesian Word Sense Induction. In Proceedings of TextGraphs-6: Graph-based Methods for Natural Language Processing. 2011.
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Xuchen Yao, Pravin Bhutada, Kallirroi Georgila, Kenji Sagae, Ron Artstein and David Traum. Practical Evaluation of Speech Recognizers for Virtual Human Dialogue Systems. In Proceedings of the Seventh conference on International Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'10). 2010. Malta.
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Xuchen Yao. Question Generation with Minimal Recursion Semantics. Master Thesis. Saarland University & University of Groningen . 2010.
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Xuchen Yao, Irina Borisova and Mehwish Alam. PDTB XML: the XMLization of the Penn Discourse TreeBank 2.0. In Proceedings of the Seventh conference on International Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 10). 2010. Malta.
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Xuchen Yao and Yi Zhang. Question Generation with Minimal Recursion Semantics. In Proceedings of the Third Workshop on Question Generation: Shared Task Evaluation Challenge. 2010.
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Xuchen Yao and Gosse Bouma. Mining Discourse Treebanks with XQuery. In Proceedings of the Ninth International Workshop on Treebanks and Linguistic Theories. 2010.
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Xuchen Yao, Jianqiang Ma, Sergio Duarte and Çağrı Çöltekin. An Inference-rules based Categorial Grammar Learner for Simulating Language Acquisition. In Proc. of The 18th Annual Belgian-Dutch Conference on Machine Learning. 2009.
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Xuchen Yao and Jianqiang Ma. A Categorial Grammar Analysis of Some Typical Chinese Language Phenomena. In Proc. of 10th Chinese National Conference on Computational Linguistics. 2009.
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Xuchen Yao, Jianqiang Ma, Sergio Duarte and Çağrı Çöltekin. Unsupervised Syntax Learning with Categorial Grammars using Inference Rules. In Proceedings of The 14th Student Session of the European Summer School for Logic, Language, and Information. 2009.
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