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Qian Yang

Qian Yang I am currently a postdoctoral associate focusing on NLP/ML/DL/HCI, working with Prof. Lawrence Carin at Duke University. Before that, I worked with Prof. Rebecca J. Passonneau at both Columbia University and Pennsylvania State University. I received my PhD in Computer Science from Tsinghua University in 2017, advised by Prof. Gerard de Melo. Prior to that, I received my Bachelor in Computer Science from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 2012, with two papers indexed by SCI in the area of Quantum Information and Quantum Computation.

My current research focuses on a wide range of topics in natural language processing (especially text summarization, open information extraction, knowledge graph, machine translation), statistical machine learning, deep learning, and the intersection of AI and HCI.

Dear Students: Please contact me if you are interested in related research projects!
Email: laraqianyang[at]gmail[dot]com     [Curriculum Vitae]


  • One paper got accepted by AAAI, 2020.
  • I will be a lecturer at Duke Natural Language Processing Winter School (NLP-WS), January 6-8, 2019. Welcome to register at this link.
  • Two papers got accepted by NeurIPS, 2019.
  • One paper got accepted by EMNLP, 2019.
  • One paper got accepted by ACL, 2019.
  • One paper got accepted by ICML, 2018.
  • I passed my Ph.D. final defense on May 31, 2017.
  • I was awarded a Google Women Techmakers Scholarship (previously known as Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship).
  • I finished a marathon on Apri 15, 2017. Only two girls from our institute joined the marathon. She said to me, "Thanks for your persistence because when I wanna give up I knew you were in the front." I was in turn inspired by these words from her.
  • I will give a presentation at WWW 2017, Perth, Australia in April of 2017.
  • I will spend 5 months visiting Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hermann Ney in the autumn of 2016.
  • I will give an oral presentation at AAAI 2016, Phoenix, Arizona, USA in February of 2016.


mtl Graph-Driven Generative Models for Heterogeneous Multi-Task Learning.
Wenlin Wang, Hongteng Xu, Zhe Gan, Bai Li, Guoyin Wang, Liqun Chen, Qian Yang, Wenqi Wang and Lawrence Carin.
AAAI, 2020.
[Online] [BiBTeX]

peak Ouroboros: On Accelerating Training of Transformer-Based Language Models.
Qian Yang, Zhouyuan Huo, Wenlin Wang, Heng Huang, Lawrence Carin.
NeurIPS, 2019.
[Online] [BiBTeX] [Code]

peak Improving Textual Network Learning with Variational Homophilic Embeddings.
Wenlin Wang, Chenyang Tao, Zhe Gan, Guoyin Wang, Liqun Chen, Xinyuan Zhang, Ruiyi Zhang, Qian Yang, Ricardo Henao, Lawrence Carin.
NeurIPS, 2019.
[Online] [BiBTeX]

peak An End-to-End Generative Architecture for Paraphrase Generation.
Qian Yang, Zhouyuan Huo, Dinghan Shen, Yong Cheng, Wenlin Wang, Guoyin Wang, Lawrence Carin.
EMNLP, 2019.
[Online] [BiBTeX]

peak Learning Compressed Sentence Representations for On-Device Text Processing.
Dinghan Shen, Pengyu Cheng, Dhanasekar Sundararaman, Xinyuan Zhang, Qian Yang, Meng Tang, Asli Celikyilmaz, Lawrence Carin.
ACL, 2019. [Oral Presentation]
[Online] [BiBTeX] [Code]

peak Decoupled Parallel Backpropagation with Convergence Guarantee.
Zhouyuan Huo, Bin Gu, Qian Yang, Heng Huang.
ICML , 2018. [Oral Presentation]
[Online] [BiBTeX] [Code]

peak HiText: Text Reading with Dynamic Salience Marking.
Qian Yang, Yong Cheng, Sen Wang, Gerard de Melo.
WWW, 2017. [Oral Presentation]
[Online] [BiBTeX]

peak Neural Machine Translation with Pivot Languages.
Yong Cheng, Qian Yang, Yang Liu, Maosong Sun, Wei Xu.
IJCAI, 2017.
[Online] [BiBTeX]

peak Wise Crowd Content Assessment and Educational Rubrics.
Rebecca J. Passonneau, Ananya Poddar, Gaurav Gite, Alisa Krivokapic, Qian Yang, Dolores Perin.
International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, 10.1007/s40593-016-0128-6, 2016.
[Online] [BiBTeX]

peak PEAK: Pyramid Evaluation via Automated Knowledge Extraction.
Qian Yang, Rebecca J. Passonneau, Gerard de Melo.
AAAI , 2016. [Oral Presentation]
[Online] [BiBTeX] [Code] [Slides]

peak Research on the Key Management for AMI System.
Jianfeng Yin, Aibo Shi, Qian Yang, Xiaohang Zhang, Liusheng Huang, Haitao Ji.
Electrical Measurement and Instrumentation, Issue No. 2, 2016.
[Online] [BiBTeX]

peak Semi-loss-tolerant Strong Quantum Coin-flipping Protocol Using Quantum Non-demolition Measurement.
Qian Yang, Jiajun Ma, Fenzhuo Guo, Qiaoyan Wen.
Quantum Information Processing, 10.1007/s11128-014-0747-5, 2014.
[Online] [BiBTeX]

peak Semi-loss-tolerant Strong Coin Flipping Protocol Using EPR Pairs.
Jiajun Ma, Fenzhuo Guo, Qian Yang, Yanbin Li, Qiaoyan Wen.
Quantum Information and Computation, Vol. 12 No. 5 and 6, 2011.
[Online] [BiBTeX]

Selected Projects


We provide a Java implementation of PEAK, the first tool to automatically generate the pyramid models that enables the whole automatical assessment of both human and machine summaries.

[Enter PEAK's homepage]


Three-Party Secret Key Management Method Based on IEC62056 Data Transmission Safety Standard.
Patent number: 2014106212691
Filing date: Nov 6, 2014
Granted on July 10, 2018


  • Google Women Techmakers Scholar, Asia Pacific (Among 8 from Mainland China), 2017
  • Meritorious Winner of International Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (International), 2011
  • Third Prize of Scilab Contest (International), 2011
  • First Prize of National Mathematical Modeling Contest (National), 2010

  • Outstanding Individual in Graduates’ Summer Internship (2 per institute), 2014
  • Scholarship for Overseas Graduate Students (University-level), 2014
  • Award for Natural Science Innovation (University-level), 2011
  • Gold Medal for Programming Contest (University-level), 2011
  • First Prize Scholarship (University-level), 2010 & 2009
  • Enterprise Scholarship for Outstanding Student (¥5000, for the 5th/316 student), 2008

  • Outstanding Student Leader (1 per institute), 2014 & 2010

Invited Talks

  • Identifying and Connecting Salient Information via Semantic Text Representations.
    University of Pennsylvania, US. March, 2018.

  • HiText: Text Reading with Dynamic Salience Marking.
    Penn State University, US. May, 2017.

  • Semantic Text Representations.
    Rutgers University, US. May, 2017.

  • Disambiguation and Alignment of Semantic Representations.
    Alibaba, China. Dec, 2016.

  • PEAK: Pyramid Evaluation via Automated Knowledge Extraction.
    RWTH Aachen University, Germany. May, 2016.

  • Disambiguation and Alignment Verbs in Structured Data.
    Columbia University, US. Mar, 2015.

  • Differences between Semantic Role Labeling and Open Information Extraction.
    MSRA, China. Jun, 2014.


Academic Experiences

Teaching Experience

  • Jan 2020, Natural Language Processing Winter School
    Up to 200 participants, Duke University (To appear)

  • Spring 2018, Natural Language Processing
    Guest Lecturer
    Graduate Course, CSE 597, Penn State University, Instructor: Prof. Rebecca J. Passonneau

  • Spring 2014 – 2015, Speech Science, Technology and Innovative Applications
    Teaching Assistant
    Tsinghua University, Instructors: Prof. P.C. Ching, Prof. Tan Lee, Prof. Ken Ma, Prof. Helen Meng, and Prof. William S.-Y. Wang, all from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Prof. Gerard de Melo, from Tsinghua University
    [Course Homepage]

  • Fall 2013 – 2014, Hot Topics in Computational Biology
    Teaching Assistant
    Tsinghua University, Instructor: Prof. Jianyang (Michael) Zeng

Professional Activities

  • Program Committee Member:
    NAACL (2018), IJCAI-ECAI (2018), ACL (2018), COLING (2018), AAAI (2019), LDK (2019), NAACL (2019), IJCAI (2019), ACL (2019), EMNLP-IJCNLP(2019), WiML (2019), AAAI (2020)


  • Assigned to LINYANG Electronics Co., Ltd. by Tsinghua University, Jul. 2014 
    Topic: Data Encryption for Advanced Metering Infrastructure System
    One publication in this area, which is not related to my PhD topic.

  • Awarded Outstanding Individual in Graduates' Summer Internship of Tsinghua University, 2014


Other Activities

  • Host for IIIS New Year Party 2013, 2014 

  • You would never know the host is now very hungry.

  • Assistant for Graduate Students of IIIS, 2013

  • When organizing this autumn outing, some students wanted to go hiking but some only wanted to go to the KTV or play games, and the other preferred to eat delicious food just as me. Finally I found a place where we made all the ideas come true.

    We organized a successful Doctoral Consortium with PhDs from both Computer Science and Physics.

    This is a chorus competition host by Tsinghua University, but the judgers come from the top singers in China. As the assistant, I'm proud of the prize we won!

    A sports enthusiast. The second picture records the first time our team won a competition!

  • Vice Minister of the Academic Ministry of Tsinghua University Graduate Association, 2013

  • League Secretary of IIIS Grad2, 2012

I'm one of the editors.

Awarded Outstanding Student Leader of Tsinghua University, 2014

Interests: Go (from the age of five), Piano, Guitar.

Last Updated: July 28, 2019.

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