Dian Yu 于典

NLP Researcher

Contract Information

E-mail: yudiandoris (AT) gmail.com


09/2013-09/2017       Ph.D.    in  Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  (Advisor: Prof. Heng Ji)

09/2012-07/2013       Ph.D.    in  Computer Science, The Graduate Center, CUNY  

09/2008-07/2012      B.Eng.   in  Communication Engineering, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications 

Research Interests

Natural Language Processing (NLP), Information Extraction (IE), Slot Filling, Truth Finding, Deception Detection


Google Scholar

[10] Dian Yu2017. Unsupervised Graph-Based Relation Extraction and Validation for Knowledge Base Population. PhD Dissertation. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

[9] Dian Yu, Lifu Huang, and Heng Ji. 2017. Open Relation Extraction and Grounding. Proc. the 8th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP 2017). 

[8] Dian Yu, Heng Ji. 2016. Unsupervised Person Slot Filling based on Graph Mining. Proc. the 54th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2016). 

[7] Dian Yu, Xiaoman Pan, Boliang Zhang, Lifu Huang, Di Lu, Spencer Whitehead and Heng Ji. 2016. RPI_BLENDER TAC-KBP2016 System Description. Proc. Text Analysis Conference (TAC 2016).

[6] Shi Zhi, Bo Zhao, Wenzhu Tong, Jing Gao, Dian Yu, Heng Ji and Jiawei Han. 2015. Modeling Truth Existence in Truth Discovery. Proc. the 21st ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD 2015). 

[5] Dian Yu, Yulia Tyshchuk, Heng Ji and William Wallace. 2015. Detecting Deceptive Groups Using Conversations and Network Analysis. Proc. the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL-IJCNLP 2015).

[4] Dian Yu, Heng Ji, Sujian Li and Chin-Yew Lin. 2015. Why Read if You can Scan: Scoping Strategy for Biographical Fact Extraction. Proc. the 2015 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics – Human Language Technologies (NAACL-HLT 2015) (short). 

[3] Dian Yu, Hongzhao Huang, Taylor Cassidy, Heng Ji, Chi Wang, Shi Zhi, Jiawei Han, Clare Voss and Malik Magdon-Ismail. 2014.

The Wisdom of Minority: Unsupervised Slot Filling Validation based on Multi-dimensional Truth-Finding. Proc. the 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2014).

[2] Dian Yu, Haibo Li, Taylor Cassidy, Qi Li, Zheng Chen and Heng Ji. 2013. RPI-BLENDER TAC-KBP2013 Knowledge Base Population System Description. Proc. Text Analysis Conference (TAC 2013).

[1] Hongzhao Huang, Zhen Wen, Dian Yu, Heng Ji, Yizhou Sun, Jiawei Han and He Li. 2013. Resolving Entity Morphs in Censored Data. Proc. the 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2013).


Text Analysis Conference (TAC) KBP 2013 Tracks, Gaithersburg, USA

3rd  in Slot Filling (top 1 among all the DEFT teams) and 1st in Slot Filling Validation 

Text Analysis Conference (TAC) KBP 2014 Tracks, Gaithersburg, USA

2rd in Slot Filling 

Text Analysis Conference (TAC) KBP 2015 Tracks, Gaithersburg, USA

1st in Cross-lingual Chinese-English Slot Filling

Research Experience

September, 2012-Present

       Blender LabRensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, NY, U.S.    Research Assistant

     Advisor: Prof. Heng Ji

           ☺ Slot Filling and Truth Finding.

     ☺ NIST Text Analysis Conference (TAC) 2013,2014 Knowledge Base Population (KBP) Track: Slot Filling & Slot Filler Validation.

     ☺ Resolve entity morphs in censored data.

August, 2011-July, 2012

       Language Computing & Web Mining Group Institute of Computer Science and Technology of Peking UniversityBeijing P.R.C    Research Assistant

     Advisor: Prof. Xiaojun Wan

     ☺ Summarization-oriented News Analysis of Credibility
     ☺ Rule-based Chinese Named Entity Recognition and Entity Relation Extraction 

May, 2011-August, 2011

       Pattern Recognition and Intelligent System LaboratoryBeijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing P.R.C        Team Member                                 

          Advisor: Associate Prof. Weiran Xu

---☺ NIST Text Analysis Conference(TAC) 2011 Knowledge Base Population(KBP) Track                                                      

Work Experience

Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing, China
Summer Research Internship    Knowledge Mining Group Jun.2014 - Sep.2014
Mentor: Dr. Chin-Yew Lin

Bosch Research, Palo Alto, CA
Summer Research Internship    May.2015 - Aug.2015
Mentor: Dr. Lin Zhao, Dr. Kui Xu

Academic awards

2014                                Microsoft Star of Tomorrow Excellence Award

2012-2013                      Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellowship

2011&2010&2009        BUPT Scholarship.


Programming              Python, Java, C++, MATLAB, Haskell, Prolog

Operating System        Windows; Linux