Furu Wei

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Dr. Furu Wei is a Senior Principal Research Manager (首席研究员) at Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing, China, where he is leading the Natural Language Processing group and overseeing the team's research on NLP, MT and Speech. He got his B.Sc and Ph.D from Department of Computer Science of Wuhan University in 2004 and 2009, respectively. He was a Staff Researcher at IBM Research - China (IBM CRL) from Jul. 2009 to Nov. 2010, and a Research Assistant at Department of Computing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University from Jan. 2007 to Jun. 2009. He works on natural language processing (understanding, generation and translation), and general-purpose model/AI research (e.g., large-scale self-supervised pre-training) aross tasks, languages and modalities.

Furu published over 150 research papers in prestigious conferences and journals in natural language processing and artificial intelligence, including ACL, EMNLP, NAACL, COLING, Computational Linguistics, ICML, NeurIPS, ICLR, SIGIR, KDD, AAAI, IJCAI, etc. According to Google Scholar, his H-index is 60 with more than 14,000 citations (as of 2021). As a co-author, Furu received the Best Paper Runners Up award at AAAI 2021, and the Best Student Paper award at KDD 2018. Furu served as a Senior Area Chair in ACL 2021, an Area Chair in EMNLP 2015, NAACL-HIT 2016, EMNLP 2019, and NeurIPS 2021. He has more than 20 patents filed or granted. The research from Furu and his team has been widely used in Microsoft products, including Office (Word, PowerPoint and Outlook), Bing, Microsoft Ads, Azure (Cognition), Dynamics, etc.

Furu led the team to be the first to reach human parity on the SQuAD (in Jan. 2018) and CoQA (in Mar. 2019) machine reading comprehension (question answering) benchmarks. The recent work from his team on large-scale pre-training across tasks, languages and modalities includes,

The pre-trained models (e.g., UniLM, InfoXLM/XLM-E, DeltaLM/mT6, and MiniLM) are significant parts of monolingual/English and multilingual pre-trained models in Project Turing (Microsoft's own family of large AI models), powering language understanding and generation tasks and scenarios across products in Microsoft.

Furu Wei was named to the first (2017) MIT Technology Review’s annual list of Innovators Under 35 China (MIT TR35 China) for contributions to natural language processing. 2018年12月,入选中国AI英雄风云榜技术创新人物(新锐)奖。2019年10月,统一预训练语言模型与机器阅读理解的创新获选第六届世界互联网大会“世界互联网领先科技成果”。2020年12月,入选“北京市劳动模范”。

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