Xiaoyan Li

Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Mount Holyoke College


email: xli@MtHolyoke.edu
phone: (413) 538-2554

 

 

[Education]  [Research]  [Experience]  [Teaching]  [Publications]  [Useful Links]   


Education

         Ph.D. in Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 09/2006

 

Thesis:  Sentence Level Information Patterns for Novelty Detection

Advisor: W. Bruce Croft, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science

 

         MS in Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 07/2006

         MS of Management Information Systems, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 06/1996

         BS of Management Information Systems, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 06/1992


Research Interests

  Question answering, cross-lingual question answering

  Information retrieval models

  Novelty detection techniques

  Database and web technologies

  Data mining and bioinformatics


Work Experience

         09/2006 - , Visiting Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department, Mount Holyoke College

         06/1999 – 08/2006, Research Assistant, Computer Science Department, University of Massachusetts Amherst

         1996 - 1998, Project Manager / Software Engineer, Legend Group Co. (now Lenovo), Beijing, China

         1992 – 1994, Instructor (full time), School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing (Courses Taught: Operations Research, Programming Languages)


Teaching

Spring 2008

         CS-102, Object Oriented Programming (in Java)

         CS-336, Intelligent Information Retrieval

Fall 2007

         CS-211 Data Structures (with C++)

         CS-311 Theory of Computation

Spring 2007

         CS-100 Introduction to Computer Science

         CS-341 Data Mining

Fall 2006

         CS-311 Theory of Computation

         CS-101, Problem-Solving and Structured Programming (with Prof. Lisa Ballesteros)


Publications

1.      Li, X. and Zhu, Z, “Enhancing Relevance Models with Adaptive Passage Retrieval,” the 30th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2008),  Glasgow, Scotland, 30th March - 3rd April 2008, C. Macdonald et al. (Eds.): ECIR 2008, LNCS 4956, pp. 463–471, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008.

2.      Li, X., “A new robust relevance model in the language model framework,” Information Processing and Management (2007), doi:10.1016/j.ipm.2007.07.005

3.      Li, X. and Croft, W. B., An information pattern based approach to novelty detection, Information Processing and Management (2007), doi:10.1016/j.ipm.2007.09.013

4.      Li, X., “Robust Relevance-Based Language Models,” in the Proceedings of the Fourth IASTED International Conference on Communications, Internet and Information Technology (CIIT 2006), November 29 – December 1, 2006, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. pp. 341-348

5.      Li, X., Sentence Level Information Patterns for Novelty Detection, PhD Thesis, Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, September, 2007.

6.      Li, X. and Croft, W.B., "Improving Novelty Detection for General Topics Using Sentence Level Information Patterns," in the Proceedings of ACM Fifteenth Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM’06), Arlington, VA  22202 USA , November 6-11, 2006 ,  oral presentation, acceptance rate 15%

7.      Li, X. and Croft, W.B., "Novelty Detection Based on Sentence Level Patterns", in Proceedings of ACM Fourteenth Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM), Bremen, Germany, 31st October - 5th November, 2005, pp. 744-751

8.      Li, X., "Improving the Robustness of Relevance-Based Language Models", CIIR Technical Report, IR-401, Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2005.

9.      Abdul-Jaleel, N., Allan, J., Croft, W. B., Diaz, F., Larkey, L.,  Li, X., Smucker, M. D. and Wade, C., "UMass at TREC 2004: Novelty and HARD", in the Online Proceedings of 2004 Text REtrieval Conference (TREC 2004).

10.  Li, X. and Croft, W. B., "An Answer Updating Approach to Novelty Detection ", CIIR Technical Report, IR-359, Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2004.

11.  Li, X., "Syntactic Features in Question Answering", in Proceedings of the 26th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, Toronto, Canada July 28th - August 1st, 2003, pp.455-456

12.  Li, X. and Croft, W.B., "Time-Based Language Models", in the Proceedings of ACM 12th Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM) 2003, pp. 469-475.

13.   Li, X. and Croft, W. B., "The Impact of Syntactic Evidence on the Effectiveness of Question Answering", CIIR Technical Report, IR-246, Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2002.

14.  Li, X. and Croft, W.B., "Incorporating Syntactic Information in Question Answering", CIIR Technical Report, IR-239, Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2001.

15.    Li, X. and Croft, W.B., "Evaluating Question Answering Techniques in Chinese", in Proceedings of Human Language Technology Conference (HLT-2001), San Diego, March 18-21 , pp. 201-206

16.  Allan, J., Connell, M., Croft, W.B.,  Feng, F., Fisher, D. and Li, X., "INQUERY and TREC-9", in Proceedings of 2000 Text Retrieval Conference (TREC-9), pp. 551-577


Presentations and Talks

         "Improving Novelty Detection for General Topics Using Sentence Level Information Patterns," ACM Fifteenth Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM’06), Arlington, VA  22202 USA , November 6-11, 2006 (oral presentation)

         "Novelty Detection Based on Sentence Level Patterns," ACM Fourteenth Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM), Bremen, Germany, 31st October - 5th November, 2005 (oral presentation)

         "Syntactic Features in Question Answering," the 26th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, Toronto, Canada July 28th – August 1st, 2003 (poster presentation)

         "Time-Based Language Models," the 2003 ACM CIKM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 2-8, 2003 (oral presentation)

         "Evaluating Question Answering Techniques in Chinese," Human Language Technology Conference (HLT-2001), San Diego, March 18-21, 2001 (poster presentation)


Membership and Services

         Member of the ACM and SIGIR

         Reviewer, ACL-08: the 45th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, Columbus, OH, June 15-20, 2008.

         Reviewer,  2008 Conference of CCSCNE, the northeastern region of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, April 11-12, 2008, Wagner College, Staten Island, NY


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Last update: January 01, 2008.