Furu Wei

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Dr. Furu Wei is a lead researcher and research manager in Natural Language Computing group at Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing, China. Before joining MSRA-NLC in Nov. 2010, he has been a staff researcher at IBM Research - China (IBM CRL) since Jul. 2009. Furu received his Ph.D in Jun. 2009 from Department of Computer Science of Wuhan University. Before that, he received a B.Sc degree from the same department in 2004. Furu's research interests include natural language processing, information retrieval and machine learning. He is now working on many NLP problems, models, algorithms and innovations. Particularly,
My work on conversation/chatbot, question answering, sentiment analysis and text summarization has been part of many Microsoft products and services, including AI Chatbots, Bing, Ads, and the Microsoft Cognitive Service APIs.

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Publications

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#: Students I mentored at Microsoft Research.
  1. Wenhui Wang#, Nan Yang, Furu Wei, Baobao Chang and Ming Zhou. Gated Self-Matching Networks for Reading Comprehension and Question Answering. Proc. ACL 2017. Check out technical report of R-NET.
  2. Li Dong#, Furu Wei, Ming Zhou and Ke Xu. Question Answering over Freebase with Multi-Column Convolutional Neural Networks. Proc. ACL 2015.
  3. Li Dong#, Furu Wei, Shujie Liu, Ming Zhou, Ke Xu. A Statistical Parsing Framework for Sentiment Classification. Computational Linguistics, 2015.
  4. Dehong Gao#, Furu Wei, Wenjie Li, and Ming Zhou. Cross-lingual Sentiment Lexicon Learning with Bilingual Word Graph Label Propagation. Computational Linguistics, 2015.
  5. Li Dong#, Furu Wei, Ke Xu, Shixia Liu, and Ming Zhou. Adaptive Multi-Compositionality for Recursive Neural Network Models. IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, 2015.
  6. Duyu Tang#, Furu Wei, Bing Qin, Nan Yang, Ting Liu and Ming Zhou. Sentiment Embeddings with Applications to Sentiment Analysis. IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, 2015.

Tech Report, arXiv & Preprints

  1. R-NET: Machine Reading Comprehension with Self-matching Networks. Tech Report. 2017.
  2. S-NET: From Answer Extraction to Answer Generation for Machine Reading Comprehension. Chuanqi Tan#, Furu Wei, Nan Yang, Weifeng Lv and Ming Zhou. arXiv. 2017.

Conferences

  1. Wenhui Wang#, Nan Yang, Furu Wei, Baobao Chang and Ming Zhou. Gated Self-Matching Networks for Reading Comprehension and Question Answering. Proc. ACL 2017.
  2. Qingyu Zhou#, Nan Yang, Furu Wei and Ming Zhou. Selective Encoding for Abstractive Sentence Summarization. Proc. ACL 2017.
  3. Lei Cui, Shaohan Huang#, Furu Wei, Chuanqi Tan#, Chaoqun Duan and Ming Zhou. SuperAgent: A Customer Service Chatbot for E-commerce Websites. Proc. ACL 2017 (demo).
  4. Pengjie Ren, Zhumin Chen, Zhaochun Ren, Furu Wei, Jun Ma and Maarten de Rijke. Leveraging Contextual Sentence Relations for Extractive Summarization Using a Neural A‚attention Model. Proc. SIGIR 2017.
  5. Li Dong#, Shaohan Huang#, Furu Wei, Mirella Lapata, Ming Zhou and Ke Xu. Learning to Generate Product Reviews with Neural Attention. Proc. EACL 2017.
  6. Ziqiang Cao, Wenjie Li, Sujian Li and Furu Wei. Improving Multi-Document Summarization via Text Classification. Proc. AAAI 2017.
  7. Ziqiang Cao, Wenjie Li, Sujian Li, Furu Wei, Yanran Li. Joint Learning of Focusing and Summarization with Neural Attention. Proc. COLING 2016.
  8. Ziqiang Cao, Chengyao Chen, Wenjie Li, Sujian Li, Furu Wei, Ming Zhou. Build Tweet Guided Multi-Document Summarization Dataset. Proc. AAAI 2016.
  9. Pengjie Ren#, Furu Wei, Zhumin Chen, Jun Ma and Ming Zhou. A Redundancy-Aware Sentence Regression Framework for Extractive Summarization. Proc. COLING 2016.
  10. Chuanqi Tan#, Furu Wei, Li Dong, Weifeng Lv and Ming Zhou. Solving and Generating Chinese Character Riddles. Proc. EMNLP 2016.
  11. Yichun Yin#, Furu Wei, Li Dong, Kaimeng Xu, Ming Zhang and Ming Zhou. Unsupervised Word and Dependency Path Embeddings for Aspect Term Extraction. Proc. IJCAI 2016.
  12. Li Dong#, Furu Wei, Ming Zhou and Ke Xu. Question Answering over Freebase with Multi-Column Convolutional Neural Networks. Proc. ACL 2015.
  13. Ziqiang Cao#, Furu Wei, Ming Zhou, Sujian Li, Wenjie Li and Ming Zhou. Learning Summary Prior in Extractive Summarization. Proc. ACL 2015 (short paper).
  14. Yang Liu#, Furu Wei, Sujian Li, Heng Ji and Ming Zhou. A Dependency-Based Neural Network for Relation Classification. Proc. ACL 2015 (short paper).
  15. Li Dong#, Furu Wei, Hong Sun#, Ming Zhou and Ke Xu. A Hybrid Neural Model for Type Classification of Entity Mentions. Proc. IJCAI 2015.
  16. Ziqiang Cao#, Furu Wei, Li Dong#, Sujian Li and Ming Zhou. Ranking with Recursive Neural Networks and Its Application to Multi-document Summarization. Proc. AAAI 2015.
  17. Li Dong#, Furu Wei, Yichun Yin#, Ming Zhou and Ke Xu. Splusplus: A Feature-Rich Two-stage Classifier for Sentiment Analysis of Tweets. Proc. SemEval 2015.
  18. Zhou Zhao#, Furu Wei, Ming Zhou, Wilfred Ng. Cold-Start Expert Finding in Community Question Answering via Graph Regularization. Proc. DASFAA 2015.
  19. Hong Sun#, Furu Wei, and Ming Zhou. Answer Extraction with Multiple Extraction Engines for Web-Based Question Answering. Proc. NLPCC 2014.
  20. Duyu Tang#, Furu Wei, Bing Qin,  Li Dong, Ting Liu ,and Ming Zhou. A Joint Segmentation and Classification Framework for Sentiment Analysis. Proc. EMNLP 2014.
  21. Duyu Tang#, Furu Wei, Bing Qin, Ming Zhou and Ting Liu. Building Large-Scale Twitter-Specific Sentiment Lexicon: A Representation Learning Approach. Proc. COLING 2014.
  22. Li Dong#, Furu Wei, Ming Zhou, and Ke Xu. Adaptive Multi-Compositionality for Recursive Neural Models with Applications to Sentiment Analysis. Proc. AAAI 2014.
  23. Duyu Tang#, Furu Wei, Nan Yang, Ming Zhou, Bing Qin and Ting Liu. Learning Sentiment-Specific Word Embedding for Twitter Sentiment Classification. Proc. ACL 2014.
  24. Li Dong#, Furu Wei, Ming Zhou, Ke Xu, Duyu Tang# and Chuanqi Tan#. Adaptive Recursive Neural Network for Target-dependent Twitter Sentiment Classification. Proc. ACL 2014.
  25. Duyu Tang#, Furu Wei, Bing Qin, Ting Liu and Ming Zhou. Coooolll: A Deep Learning System for Twitter Sentiment Classification. Proc. SemEval 2014.
  26. Zhou Zhao#, James Cheng, Furu Wei, Ming Zhou, Wilfred Ng, Yingjun Wu. SocialTransfer: Transferring Social Knowledge for Cold-Start Crowdsourcing. Proc. CIKM 2014.
  27. Zhou Zhao#, Furu Wei, Ming Zhou, Wilfred Ng. Crowd-Selection Query Processing in Crowdsourcing Databases: A Task-Driven Approach. Proc. EDBT 2014.
  28. Li Dong#, Furu Wei, Yajuan Duan#, Xiaohua Liu, Ming Zhou and Ke Xu. The Automated Acquisition of Suggestions from Tweets. Proc. AAAI 2013.
  29. Dehong Gao#, Furu Wei, Wenjie Li, Xiaohua Liu and Ming Zhou. Co-training Based Bilingual Sentiment Lexicon Learning. Proc. AAAI 2013 (late-breaking paper).
  30. Xiaohua Liu, Yitong Li, HaochengWu, Ming Zhou, Furu Wei, Yi Lu. Entity Linking for Tweets. Proc. ACL 2013.
  31. Yajuan Duan#, Zhumin Chen, Furu Wei, Ming Zhou, Heung-Yeung Shum, Twitter Topic Summarization by Ranking Tweets Using Social Influence and Content Quality. Proc. COLING 2012.
  32. Xinfan Meng#, Furu Wei, Ge Xu, Xiaohua Liu, Ming Zhou and Houfeng Wang. Lost in Translations? Building Sentiment Lexicons using Context Based Machine translation. Proc. COLING 2012.
  33. Xiaohua Liu, Yitong Li, Furu Wei, and Ming Zhou: Graph-based Multi-Tweet Summarization Using Social Signals. Proc. COLING 2012.
  34. Xinfan Meng#, Furu Wei, Xiaohua Liu, Ming Zhou, and Houfeng Wang, Entity-Centric Topic-Oriented Opinion Summarization in Twitter. Proc. KDD 2012.
  35. Xinfan Meng#, Furu Wei, Xiaohua Liu, Ming Zhou, Ge Xu, and Houfeng Wang, Cross-Lingual Mixture Model for Sentiment Classification. Proc. ACL 2012.
  36. Xiaohua Liu, Ming Zhou, Furu Wei, Zhongyang Fu, and Xiangyang Zhou., Joint Inference of Named Entity Recognition and Normalization for Tweets. Proc. ACL 2012.
  37. Xiaohua Liu, Furu Wei, and Ming Zhou, QuickView: NLP-based Tweet Search. Proc. ACL 2012 (System Demonstration).
  38. Yajuan Duan#,Furu Wei, Ming Zhou and Heung-Yeung Shum, Graph-based Collective Classification for Tweets. Proc. CIKM 2012.
  39. Xiaohua Liu, Zhongyang Fu, Xiangyang Zhou, Furu Wei, and Ming Zhou. Collective Nominal Semantic Role Labeling for Tweets. Proc. AAAI 2012.
  40. Xiaohua Liu, Xiangyang Zhou, Zhongyang Fu, Furu Wei, and Ming Zhou. Exacting Social Events for Tweets Using A Factor Graph. Proc. AAAI 2012.
  41. Mengdie Hu, Shixia Liu, Furu Wei, Yingcai Wu, John Stasko, and Kwan-Liu Ma. Breaking News on Twitter. Proc. CHI 2012.
  42. Xiaolong Wang#, Furu Wei, Xiaohua Liu, Ming Zhou, and Ming Zhang, Topic Sentiment Analysis in Twitter: A Graph-based Hashtag Sentiment Classification Approach, Proc. CIKM, 2011
  43. Xiaohua Liu, Shaodian Zhang, Furu Wei, and Ming Zhou, Recognizing Named Entities in Tweets, Proc. ACL, 2011
  44. Xiaohua Liu, Long Jiang, Furu Wei, Ming Zhou, and QuickView Team Microsoft, QuickView: advanced search of tweets. Proc. SIGIR (Demo paper), 2011
  45. Furu Wei, Shixia Liu, Yangqiu Song, Shimie Pan, Michelle X. Zhou, Weihong Qian, Lei Shi, Li Tan, Qiang Zhang. 2010. TIARA: A Visual Exploratory Text Analytic System. Proc. KDD, pp 153-162.
  46. Li Shi, Weihong Qian, Furu Wei, and Li Tan. 2010. VisWorks Network and Text Visual Analytics. Proc. VAST Challenge 2010 Award Entry, pp 269-270.
  47. Lei Shi, Furu Wei, Shixia Liu, Li Tan, Xiaoxiao Lian, and Zhou X Michelle. 2010. Understanding Text Corpora with Multiple Facets. Proc. VAST, pp 99-106.
  48. Yangqiu Song, Shimei Pan, Shixia Liu, Furu Wei, Michelle X. Zhou, and Weihong Qian. 2010. Constrained Co-clustering for Textual Documents. Proc. AAAI, pp 581-586.
  49. Furu Wei, Wenjie Li and Yanxiang He. 2009. Co-Feedback Ranking for Query-focused Summarization. Proc. ACL, pp 117-120.
  50. Furu Wei, Wenjie Li and Yanxiang He. 2009. iRANK: An Interactive Ranking Framework and Its Application in Query-Focused Summarization. Proc. CIKM, pp 1557-1560.
  51. Wei Wang, Furu Wei, Wenjie Li and Sujian Li. 2009. HyperSum: A Hypergraph Based Semi-Supervised Sentence Ranking for Query-Oriented Summarization. Proc. CIKM, 1855-1858.
  52. Furu Wei, Wenjie Li, Qin Lu, and Yanxiang He. 2008. Query-Sensitive Mutual Reinforcement Chain with Its Application in Query-Oriented Multi-Document Summarization. Proc. SIGIR, pp 283-290.
  53. Wenjie Li, Peng Zhang, Furu Wei, Yuexian Hou, and Qin Lu. 2008. A Novel Feature-based Approach to Chinese Entity Relation Extraction. Proc. ACL, pp 89-92.
  54. Wenjie Li, Furu Wei, Qin Lu, and Yanxiang He. 2008. PNR2: Ranking Sentence with Positive and Negative Reinforcement for Query-Oriented Update Summarization. Proc. COLING, pp 489-496.
  55. Furu Wei, Wenjie Li, Qin Lu, and Yanxiang He. 2008. A Cluster-Sensitive Graph Model for Query-Oriented Multi-document Summarization. Proc. ECIR, pp 446-453.

Journals

  1. Li Dong#, Furu Wei, Shujie Liu, Ming Zhou, Ke Xu. A Statistical Parsing Framework for Sentiment Classification. Computational Linguistics. 2015.
  2. Li Dong#, Furu Wei, Ke Xu, Shixia Liu, and Ming Zhou. Adaptive Multi-Compositionality for Recursive Neural Network Models. IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing. 2015.
  3. Duyu Tang#, Furu Wei, Bing Qin, Nan Yang, Ting Liu and Ming Zhou. Sentiment Embeddings with Applications to Sentiment Analysis. IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering. 2015.
  4. Dehong Gao#, Furu Wei, Wenjie Li, and Ming Zhou. Cross-lingual Sentiment Lexicon Learning with Bilingual Word Graph Label Propagation. Computational Linguistics. 2014.
  5. Duyu Tang#, Bing Qin, Furu Wei, Li Dong, Ting Liu, Ming Zhou. A Joint Segmentation and Classification Framework for Sentence Level Sentiment Classification. IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing. 2015.
  6. Yang Liu#, Sujian Li, Furu Wei, Heng Ji. Relation Classification via Modeling Augmented Dependency Paths. IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing. 2015.
  7. Mengchen Liu, Shixia Liu, Xizhou Zhu, Qinying Liao, Furu Wei, Shimei Pan. An Uncertainty-Aware Approach for Exploratory Microblog Retrieval. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. 2015.
  8. Wei Wang, Sujian Li, Jiwei Li, Wenjie Li, Furu Wei. Exploring hypergraph-based semi-supervised ranking for query-oriented summarization. Information Sciences, 237: 271–286. 2013.
  9. Xiaohua Liu, Furu Wei, Shaodian Zhang, and Ming Zhou. Named Entity Recognition for Tweets. ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (TIST). 2012.
  10. Yangqiu Song, Shimei Pan, Shixia Liu, Furu Wei, Michelle X. Zhou, Weihong Qiang, Constrained Text Co-clustering with Supervised and Unsupervised Constraints. IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering. 2014
  11. Furu Wei, Wenjie Li, Qin Lu, and Yanxiang He. Applying Two-Level Mutual Reinforcement Ranking Algorithm in Query-Oriented Multi-document Summarization. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), 60(9): 2119-2131. 2009.
  12. Furu Wei, Wenjie Li, and Shixia Liu. A Rank-Learn-Combine Framework for Unsupervised Ensemble Ranking. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), 61(6): 1232 - 1243. 2010.
  13. Furu Wei, Wenjie Li, Qin Lu, and Yanxiang He. A Document-Sensitive Graph Model for Multi-Document Summarization. Knowledge and Information Systems (KAIS), 22(2): 245-259. 2010.
  14. Yingcai Wu, Furu Wei, Shixia Liu, Norman Au, Weiwei Cui, Hong Zhou and Huamin Qu. OpinionSeer: Interactive Visualization of Online Hotel Customer Feedback. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG), 16(6):1109 - 1118. 2010.
  15. Yingcai Wu, Thomas Provan, Furu Wei, Shixia Liu, and Kwan-Liu Ma. Semantic-Preserving Word Clouds by Seam Carving. Computer Graphics Forum: The International Journal of the Eurographics Association (Proc. EuroVis 2011), 30(3): 741-750. 2011.
  16. Weiwei Cui, Yingcai Wu, Shixia Liu, Furu Wei, Michelle X. Zhou. Context-preserving Dynamic Word Cloud Visualization. IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications (IEEE CG&A), 30(6):42 - 53. 2010.
  17. Furu Wei, Wenjie Li, and Yanxiang He. 2011. Document-Aware Graph Models for Query-Oriented Multi-Document Summarization. Multimedia Analysis, Processing and Communication, Z. Li, J. Kacprzyk, D. Tao, W. Lin, E. Izquierdo, and H. Wang, Eds. Springer-Verlag, Vol. 346, pp 655-678. 2011.

Patents

  1. Chat Conversation Based on Knowledge Base Specific to Object (Building Customer Support Agent from E-commerce Websites). 2017.
  2. Automatic Song Generation. 2017.
  3. Automatic Song Generation (Lyrics). 2017.
  4. Automatic Talkshow for News Reader. 2015.
  5. Auto-linking – automatically link comments to a sentence in a news article. 2015.
  6. Method and System for Comment-Centered News Reader. 2015.
  7. Learning-Based Processing of Natural Language Questions. 2012.
  8. Target Based Indexing of Micro-blog Content. 2011.

Students