Keynote Speakers for NLPIR 2020


Prof. Haizhou Li, IEEE Fellow, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Biography: Haizhou Li received the B.Sc, M.Sc, and Ph.D degrees in electrical and electronic engineering from South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China in 1984, 1987, and 1990 respectively. He is now a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the National University of Singapore.

Professor Li has worked on human language technology in academia and industry since 1988. He has taught in The University of Hong Kong (1988-1989), South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, China (1990-1994), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2006-2016), University of Eastern Finland (2009), and the University of New South Wales (2011-). He was a Visiting Professor at CRIN/INRIA in France (1994-1995). As a technologist, he was a Research Manager in Apple-ISS Research Centre (1996-1998), Research Director of Lernout & Hauspie Asia Pacific (1999-2001), Vice President of InfoTalk Corp. Ltd (2001-2003), Principal Scientist and Department Head of Human Language Technology at the Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore (2003-2016), and the Research Director of the Institute for Infocomm Research (2014-2016). He co-founded Baidu-I2R Research Centre in Singapore (2012). Professor Li was known for his technical contributions to several award-winning speech products, such as Apple's Chinese Dictation Kits for Macintosh (1996) and Lernout & Hauspie's Speech-Pen-Keyboard Text Entry Solution for Asian languages (1999). He was the architect of a series of major technology deployments that include TELEFIQS voice-automated call centre service in Singapore Changi International Airport (2001), voiceprint engine for Lenovo A586 Smartphone (2012), and Baidu Music Search (2013).

Professor Li's research interests include speech information processing, natural language processing, and human-robot interaction. He has published over 300 technical papers. Professor Li has served as Associate Editor (2008-2012), Senior Area Editor (2014-2016), and Editor-in-Chief (2015-2017) of IEEE/ACM TRANSACTIONS ON AUDIO, SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PROCESSING. He has also served as Associate Editor of Computer Speech and Language (2012-), and Springer International Journal of Social Robotics (2008-), and a Member of IEEE Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee (2013-2015). Professor Li is the President of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA, 2015-2017), the President of Asia Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association (APSIPA, 2015-2016), the President of the Chinese and Oriental Language Information Processing Society (COLIPS, 2011-2013), the Vice President of the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing (AFNLP, 2015-2016). Professor Li served as the General Chair of ACL 2012 and INTERSPEECH 2014, the Local Arrangement Chair of SIGIR 2008 and ACL-IJCNLP 2009, and the Technical Program Chair of ISCSLP 1998, APSIPA Annual Summit and Conference 2010, IEEE Spoken Language Technology Workshop 2014, and IEEE ChinaSIP 2015. Professor Li was the recipient of National Infocomm Awards 2002, Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2013 and 2015, President's Technology Award 2013, and MTI Innovation Activist Gold Award 2015 in Singapore. He was named one of the two Nokia Visiting Professors in 2009 by Nokia Foundation. He is a Fellow of IEEE, and Member of ACL, ACM, IEICE and ISCA.


Prof. Wong Kam Fai, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China

Biography: Kam-Fai Wong obtained his PhD from Edinburgh University, Scotland, in 1987. After his PhD, he was researchers in Heriot-Watt University (Scotland), UniSys (Scotland) and ECRC (Germany). At present he is Associate Dean (External Affairs) of the Faculty of Engineering, Professor in the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, Director, Centre for Innovation and Technology (CINTEC), and Associate Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) as well as Associate Director, Key-Laboratory of High Confidence Software Technologies (PKU), Ministry of Education, China. Also, he is a co-founder of the first Chinese news search portal, namely Wisers Information Ltd., in 1998. His research interest focuses on Natural Language Processing especially in Chinese and Social Media processing. He has published over 250 peer reviewed papers in these areas. He has published the book "Introduction in Chinese Natural Language Processing" (2009), which is the first of its king written in English. His research work is summarized by the book: "Social Media Content Analysis: NLP and Beyond" which was published in 2018. He is the founding Editor-In-Chief of ACM Transactions on Asian Language Processing (TALIP) and the General Chair of AACL2020, BigComp2016, NLPCC2015, IJCNLP2011, AIRS2008 and ICCPOL2006. Also, he was the President of Asia Federation of NLP (AFNLP), 2014-2016.


Prof. Dr. Uwe Quasthoff, Universität Leipzig, Germany

Biography: Prof. Uwe Quasthoff works at the Natural Language Processing Group at the Department of Computer Science at Leipzig University in Germany. His main research topics are language independent methods in Natural Language Processing, building very large corpora, and the structure of natural language. The research method is the analysis of large text corpora with statistical and pattern based as well as machine learning methods. The Leipzig Corpora collection ( started in 1995 and now contains pre-processed text collections and monolingual dictionaries in more than 250 languages. The approach is language independent, hence the algorithms for further processing apply usually to a large group of languages. The analysis of word co-occurrence patterns was the starting point for machine learning used for semantic similarities in different granularities.


Prof. Tianrui Li, Southwest Jiaotong University, China

Biography: Tianrui Li received his B.S. degree, M.S. degree and Ph.D. degree from the Southwest Jiaotong University, China in 1992, 1995 and 2002 respectively. He was a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK • CEN), Belgium from 2005-2006, a visiting professor at Hasselt University, Belgium in 2008, the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia in 2009 and the University of Regina, Canada in 2014. And, he is presently a Professor and the Director of the Key Lab of Cloud Computing and Intelligent Technique of Sichuan Province, Southwest Jiaotong University, China. Since 2000, he has co-edited 6 books, 10 special issues of international journals, 15 proceedings, received 6 Chinese invention patents and published over 360 research papers (e.g., AI, IEEE TKDE, IEEE TEC, IEEE TFS, IEEE TIFS, IEEE ASLP, IEEE TIE, IEEE TC, IEEE TVT) in refereed journals and conferences (e.g., KDD, ACL, IJCAI, WWW, UbiComp). 3 papers were ESI Hot Papers and 12 papers was ESI Highly Cited Papers. His Google H-index is 37. He serves as the area editor of International Journal of Computational Intelligence Systems (SCI), editor of Knowledge-based Systems (SCI) and Information Fusion (SCI), etc. He is an IRSS fellow and Steering Committee Chair (2019-2020), a distinguished member of CCF, a senior member of ACM, IEEE and CAAI, ACM SIGKDD member, Chair of IEEE CIS Chengdu Chapter (2013-2018), Treasurer of ACM SIGKDD China Chapter and CCF YOCSEF Chengdu Chair (2013-2014). Over fifty graduate students (including 8 Post-Docs, 15 Doctors) have been trained. Their employment units include Microsoft Research Asia, Sichuan University, Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent and Huawei. They have received 2 "Si Shi Yang Hua" Medals, Best Papers/Dissertation Awards 15 times, Champion of Sina Weibo Interaction-prediction at Tianchi Big Data Competition (Bonus 200,000 RMB), Second Place of Social Influence Analysis Contest of IJCAI-2016 Competitions and Second Place of Weather forecast Contest of AI Challenger 2018.


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