TDAI affiliate Wei Xu is receiving widespread recognition for her innovative research in natural language processing, including two NSF grants and two industry awards.
This month, Xu won a Faculty Research Award from Criteo, a French-American advertising company that collaborates with recipients with the intent to publish results and open source-related data and software. Earlier this year her LanguageNet team won the Q4 AI for Everyone Challenge from Figure Eight (formerly CrowdFlower) to create a database of synonymous expressions.
Xu has also recently received two NSF awards: a $175K CRII award that will support building the machine learning algorithms to make use of the human knowledge data she acquires, and a $368K collaborative award that a multidisciplinary team will use to create language simplification tools and technologies that help deaf and hard-of-hearing IT professionals stay up to date in their constantly changing field.
And she earned a 2018 Best Paper Award from COLING, one of the top conferences in the field.