Qingyao Ai

My name is Qingyao Ai and I'm currently a MS/Ph.D student advised by Prof. W. Bruce Croft in the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR) , College of Information and Computer Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
My research mainly focuses on Information Retrieval and Machine Learning related topics. Currently I'm working on applying deep learning techniques on IR problems including ad-hoc retrieval, product search/recommendation and learning to rank. 
I got my bachelor degree from Dept. Computer Science&Technology, Tsinghua Univeristy, and finished my undergraduate thesis project in THUIR lab, advised by Prof. Yiqun Liu

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Research Assistant in CIIR, advised by Prof. W. Bruce Croft. Amherst, MA, USA, Sep. 2014 - present
  • Google Research, Ph.D. Intern, mentored by Xuanhui Wang, Nadav Golbandi and Michael Bendersky, CA, USA, Jun. 2017 - Sep. 2017
  • Microsoft Research, Research Intern in CLUES, mentored by Susan Dumais and Nick Craswell. Redmond, WA, USA,  Jun. 2015 - Sep. 2015
  • Tsinghua University, undergraduate thesis project in THUIR lab, advised by Prof. Yiqun Liu. Beijing, China, Sep. 2012 - Jun. 2014
  • Scholarship from Amazon A9, 2017
  • UMass CICS Accomplishments in Search & Mining Awards, 2017
  • Ph.D. Qualifying Exam (Portfolio) passed with distinction, 2016
  • Outstanding Bachelor Graduate of Beijing (top 1%), 2014
  • Outstanding Bachelor Graduate of Tsinghua (top 10%), 2014
  • Excellent Graduate Project Award (top 4), 2014
  • Tsinghua Laboratory Contribution Award, Third Prize, 2014
  • Tsinghua Zhong Shi-Mo Scholarship (the highest award for students in Dept. CS&T, top 1), 2012
  • PC Member: SIGIR 2018, CIKM 2017, SIGIR 2017