I am a master student (thesis-based) in David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at University of Waterloo, supervised by Prof. Olga Vechtomova and Prof. Lili Mou. I will join UCL NLP in Fall 2020 as a PhD student, co-supervised by Prof. Pontus Stenetorp and Prof. Sebastian Riedel. I was affiliated with Montreal Institute of Learning Algorithm (MILA), and Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (AMII). I got Bachelor of Engineering from Tongji University, Shanghai, China.

I work closely with researchers from several institutes, including Prof. Laurent Charlin from MILA, Prof. Randy Goebel from University of Alberta, Prof. Tianwei Yu from Emory University, Prof. Min Yang from Chinese Academy of Sciences and Prof. Ye Luo from Tongji University.

My primary research interest is Natural Language Processing (NLP).

This is my CV.


Distilling Task-Specific Knowledge from BERT into Simple Neural Networks
Yao Lu*, Raphael Tang*, Linqing Liu*, Lili Mou, Olga Vechtomova, Jimmy Lin (equal contribution, order flipped)
arxiv pre-print, 2019

A Multi-task Learning Framework for Abstractive Text Summarization
Yao Lu, Linqing Liu, Zhile Jiang, Min Yang and Randy Goebel
AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI, student poster), 2019

Detecting Differential Consistency Genes and Network Modules
Yao Lu, Yusheng Ding, Qingyang Xiao, Jianwei Lu and Tianwei Yu
BMC Bioinformatics, 2018

Generative Adversarial Network for Abstractive Text Summarization
Linqing Liu, Yao Lu, Min Yang, Qiang Qu, and Jia Zhu
AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI, abstract), 2018
[supplementary file][output summary]

Detecting "Smart" Spammers On Social Network: A Topic Model Approch
Linqing Liu, Yao Lu, Ye Luo, Renxian Zhang, Laurent Itti, and Jianwei Lu
the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL, student session). 2016

Question Answering of Bar Exams by Paraphrasing and Legal Text Analysis
Mi-Young Kim, Ying Xu, Yao Lu, and Randy Goebel
JSAI International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, 2016


Awards and Honors

  • Top 3 of Microsoft Beauty of Programming Competition, 2016
  • First Prize in National Mathematics Competition, 2014
  • First Class Scholarship, Tongji University, 2014 & 2015
  • Outstanding Student, Tongji University, 2014