BIRNDL / CL-SciSumm 2017 held at SIGIR (Tokyo, Japan)

WING is co-organzing the 2nd Joint Workshop on Bibliometric-enhanced Information Retrieval and Natural Language Processing for Digital Libraries (BIRNDL 2017), a registered and official workshop of the SIGIR 2017 conference. , with the special shared task effort in the form of the 3rd Computational Linguistics Scientific Document Summarization Shared Task (CL-SciSumm 2017)
Workshop proceedings will be available online in the CEUR workshop proceedings publication service (ISSN 1613-0073) and in the ACL Anthology. The CL-SciSumm corpus development and shared task organization is sponsored by Microsoft Research Asia, through a faculty grant. Simone Teufel (U. of Cambridge), has been selected as the invited speaker to address BIRNDL and CL-SciSumm participants!
Tuesday, 30 May 2017

MSRA Academic Day 2017

Min attended the Microsoft Research Asia’s 10th anniversary Academic Day, held in Yilan, Taiwan, to report on the Microsoft funded work on CL-SciSumm, the corpus building and shared task organization initiative led by WING. It is a collaborative venture with Ph.D. student Muthu Kumar Chandrasekaran and Dr Kokil Jaikda (Univ. of Pennsylvania), supported by annotators from IIT Hyderabad.
Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Workshop on Educational and Social Science Technology 2017

WING is organizing the Workshop on Educational and Social Science Technology ( to be held from 19-21 July at NUS, as part of the department of computer science’s summer workshop series. Please join us and register for the event, it’s free! It is a collaborative effort between SoC and NUS ALSET.
Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Min is PC co-chair of JCDL 2018

Min was selected as PC co-chair of JCDL 2018, to be held in Fort Worth, Texas in 2018. He will serve alongside Ed Fox and a yet to be determined European co-chair. Watch the JCDL 2018 website for more details!
Friday, 31 March 2017

Min is selected as deputy director of NUS ALSET (research)

Min has been appointed as the Deputy Director (Research) of the NUS Institute of the Application of Learning Sciences and Education Technologies. He will be working with director Prof. Dr. Robert Kamei, a pediatrician, on the NUS-wide research agenda for educational technology and learning sciences. Check out more about ALSET at !
Tuesday, 28 Feburary 2017

Min is PC co-chair of ACL 2017

Min was selected as the co-chair of ACL 2017, the premier annual conference in computational linguistics and natural language processing. Regina Barzilay, of MIT, is the other co-chair. It will be held in Vancouver in late July-early August 2017. They have started a blog on the chairing process to help make the process more transparent.
Friday, 27 January 2017

BIRNDL / CL-SciSumm 2016 held at JCDL (Newark, NJ, USA)

WING is co-organizing the Joint Workshop on Bibliometric-enhanced Information Retrieval and Natural Language Processing for Digital Libraries (BIRNDL 2016) , with the special shared task effort in the form of the 2nd Computational Linguistics Scientific Document Summarization Shared Task (CL-SciSumm 2016)
Workshop proceedings are now available online in the CEUR workshop proceedings publication service (ISSN 1613-0073) and in the ACL Anthology. The CL-SciSumm corpus development and shared task organization is sponsored by Microsoft Research Asia, through a faculty grant.
Tuesday, 22 November 2016

ACM SIGIR Honorable Mention to Dr Xiangnan He

Our alumnus Dr Xiangnan He, along with his team in Prof. Chua’s group won an Best Paper Honorable Mention at SIGIR for their paper “Discrete Collaborative Filtering”, by Hanwang Zhang, Fumin Shen, Wei Liu, Xiangnan He, Huanbo Luan, Chua Tat-Seng.
Tuesday, 02 August 2016

The Joint Workshop on Bibliometric-enhanced Information Retrieval and Natural Language Processing for Digital Libraries (BIRNDL 2016)

At JCDL 2016 this year, the workshop chairs recommended that we join the NLPIR4DL workshop proposal, spearheaded by WING, with the 4th Bibliometric-enhanced Information Retrieval workshop. We’re glad we did — we had an awesome programme that brought together IR and NLP folks to talk about all things scholarly. The proceedings of the joint BIRNDL workshop as well as the CL-SciSumm task are available on as well as cross-listed on the ACL Anthology!
Friday, 01 July 2016

The CL-SciSumm Shared Task 2016

From WING, Min and Muthu worked with past CL-SciSumm Pilot Task chair Dr Kokil Jaidka to put together the CL-SciSumm 2016 Shared Task on Scientific Document Summarization. It was a great success with 9 participants and a half day proceedings featuring participating teams from Spain, India, USA, Austria, Hong Kong China, Japan and Canada. Thanks to all of the participants for making CL-SciSumm 2016 a success!
Friday, 01 July 2016

ACM MM and SIGIR 2016 papers

Our two recent doctoral alumni have brought their theses work to completion in top-ranked conference work. Congratulations Tao and Xiangnan! Xiangnan will be in Pisa, Italy for SIGIR to present his work on “Fast Matrix Factorization for Online Recommendation with Implicit Feedback”, and our long-term visiting scientist Kaz will present our joint work with past FYP student Jerome Cheng on “Linking Organizational Social Network Profiles”. Tao earns her trip to Amsterdam in October for her work entitled “Context-aware Image Tweets Modelling and Recommendation” on her last thesis chapter’s work in exploring textual features for images in Tweets (microblog posts).
Friday, 01 July 2016

Congratulations to Dr Tao Chen

Congratulations to Dr Tao Chen on her successful defense of her thesis that explores the newish phenomenon of Image Tweets, with applications to news feed recommendation and image recommendation for posts. Great job, Tao!
Monday, 18 April 2016

Xiangnan successfully defends his doctoral thesis on Exploiting User Comments for Web Applications

Congratulations to Dr Xiangnan He on his successful defense of his thesis that explores how to make the best use of user comments in Web 2.0 applications, featuring regularization, Non-negative matrix factorisation, restaurant reviews (yum!) and other scary math! (J/K on the last part) Way to go!
Monday, 11 April 2016

Min to be PC co-chair of ACL 2017 in Vancouver

Min was invited to be the Program Co-Chair of ACL 2017, the premier NLP research conference, to be held next year in Vancouver in July/August. He will be co-chairing with Regina Barzilay of MIT and coordinating with the general chair, Chris Calliston-Burch.
Friday, 01 April 2016

The long and short of SIGIR 2016

Xiangnan, Jerome and Kaz scored hits at SIGIR 2016, with a full paper from Xiangnan entitled “Fast Matrix Factorization for Online Recommendation with Implicit Feedback” and Jerome and Kaz with their short paper on “Linking Organizational Social Network Profiles”, which brings a nice culmination to his FYP thesis research from last year. See you in Pisa!
Friday, 01 April 2016

Back to back talks on Social Media Use

Min gave back-to-back versions of our group’s social media research work on cross-network behavior and corporate social media use at SoC’s own Natural Language Processing in Big Data Analytics workshop and the joint NUS / Tsinghua NExT Center’s Web Science Winter School at Shenzhen, China in December 2015. Thanks to Bang Hui, Dongyuan, Tao, Jerome, Kishaloy, Jintong, and Kaz who all contributed to the work on this topic.
Monday, 21 December 2015

Kaz published a revised version of the JCDL’15 Doctoral Consortium report in IEEE TCDL

Collaborating with Dr. Catherine L. Smith at Kent State University,
Kaz has published revised version of JCDL’15 Doctoral Consortium
on Bulletin of IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries (IEEE TCDL): The papers represent the diversity of current research in the field of digital libraries.
Saturday, 19 December 2015

ASONAM dataset now available

The ASONAM team has worked hard to put up the dataset from their study. Amounting to over 643M compressed, this dataset correlates over 15K users’ public activities over four of six major online social networks. Learn about it in their ASONAM 2015 paper, but also visit the downloads page to download their dataset (warning, it’s big!)
Tuesday, 29 September 2015

LearnNews awarded VaSCo grant

The LearnNews Team, of Kang Hong Jin, Tao and Muthu was awarded with a Validating Startup Concept (VaSCo) grant from the School of Computing of up to SGD 10,000. This builds on our continued work by Naijia Zheng and Yue Zhao for building the prototype in their FYP work. Congratulations, team!
Thursday, 17 September 2015

Hellos and Goodbyes – August 2015

We say goodbye to recently graduated alumnus, Dr Wang Aobo. Our best to you! Also to our short summer intern, Paramita Mizra from Trento and our group of Tsinghua interns with the NExT Center: Chao Wang, Ye Chen, Cheng Luo and Zeyang Liu. We’ve also graduated our 2014 batch of undergraduate students: Naijia Zheng, Yue Zhao, Bang Hui Lim, Jerome Cheng, Michael Bong. We welcome our new postgraduate and undergraduates students. For the graduates: Chencan Xu, Kishaloy Halder and Wenqiang Lei — for undergraduates: Hui Hui Ben, Junchao Gu, Hong Jin Kang, Jiale Liu, Jintong Xu and Menghan Zhao. We look forward to the sustained contributions to help keep WING in the forefront of research and development.
Thursday, 17 September 2015

New PDTB parser

Ilija Ilievski, a new PhD student jointly supervised in WING and the NLP groups in NUS, has re-engineered the NUS Discourse Parser to make it simpler to install and execute out of the box. Please refer to his Github repository. It is equivalent in output to the original discourse parser, and he will soon release a report detailing the minor discrepancies between our earlier published results and this new, modular architecture. We recommend all groups using the Lin et al. discourse parser try to use this version instead.
Thursday, 17 September 2015

Two related publications on instructor intervention on MOOCs

Our multi-disciplinary collaboration with our Center for Development of Teaching and Learning (CDTL) and our Information Systems department has resulted in two publications in EDM and ICIS on instructor intervention. Please have a look!
Tuesday, 08 September 2015

Congratulations to Dr Aobo Wang!

Dr Wang Aobo, successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Addressing Informality in Processing Chinese Microtext” with flying colors on 20 August 2015. Aobo continues his work with BNP Paribas currently.
Monday, 07 September 2015

MOOC invited talks

Our group gave two invited talks at the University of Michigan’s MOOC research Summit in May, and another keynote at the Greater China MOOC Symposium (GMCS 2015) — on our group and the NUS HCI groups’ work on MOOCs. Check out the slides for the second presentation ( and the video from the first (
Monday, 07 September 2015

Upcoming publications in ASONAM, NLP-TEA and CIKM

WING has a good crop of publication work from both its undergraduate and postgraduate students this term. We have accepted work at CIKM on information retrieval and knowledge management, at ASONAM for social network analysis and the NLP-TEA ACL workshop on second language learning. Hope to catch you on the summer/fall conference circuit!
Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Prof Diane Litman’s sabbatical visit to WING and NLP group

Professor Diane Litman is visiting WING and the NLP groups at SoC over the months of August to December 2015, to collaborate, research and teach on discourse. We look forward to the collaborative works and her input on a number of projects that touch on NLP discourse in points related to pedagogy, discourse parsing, MOOCs and discussion forums.
Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Min gives invited talks at Linköping University

Min gave two invited talks at Linköping University on 26-27 May on Next Gen Scholarly Digital Libraries and Improving Web 2.0 Recommendation via Latent Model Regularization. Slides available on SpeakerDeck:
Monday, 20 July 2015

Kaz organized the JCDL doctoral consortium for 2015

Kaz successfully organized the Doctoral Consortium at JCDL 2015 with Dr. Catherine L. Smith at Kent State University. This year, 9 Ph.D. students and 8 advisory panels from all over the world joined the consortium. The revised version of its proceedings will be published in “Bulletin of IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries (IEEE TCDL)” at
Monday, 20 July 2015

3 publications from collaborative work with the PennState group

Kaz, who was a visiting scholar at Pennsylvania State University January to May 2014, has achieved one poster and two full paper publications with Prof. Prasenjit Mitra (currently, Qatar Computing Research Institute and Hamad Bin Khalifa University) and his Ph.D. student, Siddhartha Banerjee. The research topic of the papers is abstractive summarization on multiple documents and meeting transcripts.
Monday, 20 July 2015

WING’s Junchao and Gaoxiang part of the winning team of DBS Hackathon 2015!

A team of four NUS Computing students won first place at the DBS Talent Conference Hackathon 2015 that was held at DBS Asia Hub in Changi Business Park, at the end of February. The event allowed developers from academic institutions, start-ups and the industry to collaborate with innovators within the DBS group to build useful mobile solution apps that address real business needs. Wang Gaoxiang (CS, Final Year) and Gu Junchao (CEG, Year 3) are part of WING and were part of the 4 students from NUS that were partnered with DBS staff. They beat the 12 other participating teams with their “Uber for household services” application and won $8000 and the opportunity to further develop and potentially launch their application with DBS.
Wednesday, 01 April 2015

Mining Big Text at Yonsei University

In February 2015, Min gave an invited talk at the recent Mining Big Text workshop, as well as an encore presentation of the same at the BigComp invited session in Jeju Island, Korea. You can see the talk entitled “Serving the Readers of Scholarly Documents: A Grand Challenge for the Introspective Digital Library” on Speakerdeck. The accompanying paper on the components of the ForeCite digital library are here.
Wednesday, 04 March 2015

the small data of scholarly communication

Min gave back to back keynotes on “the small data of scholarly documents” at the 2014 Web Science Summer School, held at NUS as well as the ADSC/I2R NLP Workshop held at Fusionopolis, both in Singapore. You can catch the recorded video on YouTube as well as flip through the slide deck on Speakerdeck.
Thursday, 18 December 2014

A/P Tadashi Nomoto visits WING

A/P Tadashi Nomoto, visited WING in early December 2014 to network and touch base with WING and gave a talk on his recent work on news article topic labeling. See the slides of his talk entitled “Exploration in Memory Based Topic Detection — or Concept Generation with Distributional Semantics” here:
Monday, 08 December 2014

Tao’s VELDA in AAAI 15

Tao’s work on Image Tweets has been selected for presentation at the first winter AAAI conference in Austin, Texas, USA. Way to go Tao! Read the preprint here.
Saturday, 29 November 2014

Scientific Summarization Corpus now available

WING.NUS’s Muthu Kumar and previous research assistant Ankur Khanna have been collaborating with Dr Kokil Jaidka, alumnus of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), to annotate and release a development corpus for scientific document summarization. The dataset consists of 10 ACL Anthology papers and the neighborhood of papers that cite them. The annotations indicate the provenance (source) of a citing sentence’s claim in the original paper and what facet it belongs to (from a fixed set) — following the annotation guidelines for summarization set out by the TAC BioMedSumm task. You can find the corpus and more details on GitHub:
Wednesday, 15 October 2014

WING hosts Profs. Yutaka Matsuo and Arne Jönsson

The 2014 summer and fall sees WING benefiting from the long-term visits of Prof. Yutaka Matsuo (U. Tokyo, Japan) and Arne Jönsson (Linköping U., Sweden), visiting and working with at NUS. Prof. Matsuo is collaborating with the NUS SNS group as well as WING and working with us on Madhav Kannan’s Final Year Project and Prof. Jönsson is teaching a graduate level module on advanced artificial intelligence with a focus on dialogue systems.
Wednesday, 08 October 2014

The Emergence of an Asian Research Area

Our joint work with Dr Philip Cho was featured in the latest Global Asia Institute Newsletter (October). Have a look at our collaborators’ work and mention of our work assessing the bibliometric impact of Singapore’s genomics researchers.
Wednesday, 08 October 2014

Min gives keynote at SLAM 2014

Min gave an invited keynote presentation on Opportunities for Multimedia Analysis in Scholarly Digital Libraries, at the recent Workshop on Speech, Language and Audio in Multimedia (SLAM ’14), Satellite Workshop of Interspeech 2014, Penang, Malaysia, on 11 Sep 2014. Video and slides have been archived for interested parties.
Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Jovian defends his thesis successfully!

Dr Jovian Lin successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on 17 Sep 2014, entitled “Mobile App Recommendation”. Congratulations Dr. Lin! Jovian continues on in SoC as an entrepreneur, working in his own start-up company incubated at the School’s incubator at i3.
Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Xiangnan and Jovian win SoC’s research award!

He Xiangnan and Jovian Lin have been awarded the Research Achievement Award from SoC this semester, for their previous year’s research excellence.

Recipients of the Research Achievement Award will be presented with a certificate and $250 cash prize during the new student orientation program. Congratulations, Xiangnan and Jovian!
Tuesday, 05 August 2014

Min quoted by the Int’l NY Times

Min was interviewed and quoted as a subject matter expert on programming curriculum in Singapore in the European edition of the New York Times. Beth Gardiner interviewed Min to learn about Singapore’s approach and challenges to IT education. Take a look!
Wednesday, 02 April 2014

Jovian Lin awarded Extra Chapter Challenge funding

Congratulations to Jovian Lin, who has been awarded the NUS Extra Chapter Challenge extension scholarship funding, to commercialize his thesis research work on Mobile App Recommendation using Twitter.
Friday, 24 January 2014

Xiangnan’s paper accepted to WWW 2014

Xiangnan He will be going to Korea to present his work on using a co-regularization framework non-negative matrix factorization for improving recommendation system’s recommendations via clustering, in April! More soon!
Monday, 06 January 2014

Jun Ping honored by School

Congratulations to Jun Ping, who will be listed as a recipient of the School’s prestigious Research Achievement Award for his achievements this year. Jun Ping published two Rank 1 (EMNLP) papers and two Rank 2 papers (COLING), and independently sourced for collaborators for a few of his projects. Congratulations, Jun Ping!
Monday, 06 January 2014

Invited talk at IAS 2013

Min gave an invited talk at the 2013 Information Access Symposium to some 30+ researchers at the National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Tokyo, Japan on 6 December 2013, entitled “The NExT Search Center: User Generated Content を解析“. Min gave an overview of the NExT search center and also touched upon research by Tao and Jovian in WING. Check it out!
Thursday, 26 December 2013

Mobile App Recommendation at AIRS 2013

Dr Kazunari Sugiyama has been working with other Ph.D. students and interns outside of WING and has published the paper entitled “Serendipitous Recommendation for Mobile Apps Using Item-Item Similarity Graph” at AIRS 2013. The paper was nominated for for best poster and best paper (but unfortunately, didn’t clinch either). Congratulations, Kaz!
Tuesday, 17 December 2013

USM Penang visits WING

A large contingent of over 40 faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students from Universiti Sains Malaysia visited WING on 7 Nov 2013. The visitors were treated to a special talk by the database group and also had a chance to hear about the latest research by WING through a small poster session, organized by Drs Kazunari Sugiyama and Dongyuan Lu. WING students and staff were flattered by the attention we received from the visitors. Thanks for you visit!
Sunday, 08 December 2013

2 works reported at EMNLP 2013

WING members Jun Ping Ng and Yiping Jin reported their works at EMNLP 2013. “Exploiting Discourse Analysis for Article-Wide Temporal Classificationexamines the use of discourse frameworks for temporal classification, whileMining Scientific Terms and their Definitions: A Study of the ACL Anthologycreated a CRF-based system to locate definitions and terms in scientific papers and applied them to the ACL corpus.
Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Congratulations Dr. Jesse Gozali!

Congratulations to Dr. Jesse Prabawa Gozali, for defending his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Event Photo Stream Segmentation: Chapter-based photo organization for personal digital photo libraries” successfully on 7 August 2013! Jesse has now gone on to work at Mobilewalla Incorporated.
Friday, 09 August 2013

Aobo’s work on Chinese informal language processing accepted at ACL 13!

Congratulations to Aobo, whose paper on joint inference on Chinese word segmentation and Informal language detection was accepted as a poster presentation at ACL 2013 this year!
Friday, 26 July 2013

Congratulations Dr. Jin Zhao!

Jin finally defended his Ph.D. thesis after many years of grueling hard work, in May. Jin’s thesis entitled “Towards Generic Domain-specific Information Retrieval” investigated how to make advances in domain-specific information retrieval without investing heavily in domain-specific knowledge engineering. Jin has been with WING since his undergraduate FYP and continues to stay on in SoC as a universally-liked instructor. He’s transitioned away from research and is now tackling the challenges of teaching software engineering and large lecture classes. Congratulations Dr Zhao!
Friday, 26 July 2013

Jovian Lin’s paper on app recommendation to be presented at SIGIR 13

Jovian’s paper on app recommendation has been accepted for oral presentation at SIGIR ’13. His paper, jointly advised by Kaz, Min and Tat-Seng, will be presented in Dublin in July. Congratulations, Jovian!
Friday, 26 July 2013

Kaz’s paper wins Best Paper at JCDL13!

Kaz’s full paper at JCDL, entitled “Exploiting Potential Citation Papers in Scholarly Paper Recommendation” was awarded the Vannevar Bush Highest Scholarship Paper award. The best paper recognition is great on its own but also carries a cash award. Congratulations, Kaz!
Friday, 26 July 2013

WING reports four recent works at JCDL 2013!

Members of WING working on different projects had a total of four papers accepted at JCDL this year. Kazunari Sugiyama’s work on paper recommendation was accepted as a full paper. We understand that his work has also been nominated for best paper, so we’re excited! Our Global Asia Institute work on author and affiliation extraction and matching was also accepted as a full paper. Bamdad Bahrani and Jesse Gozali had their short papers accepted for presentation as well. Congratulations, all!
Friday, 26 July 2013

Event-Timex Temporal Relationship Crowdsourced Corpus

As part of his research work, Jun Ping has collected a crowdsourced corpus for event-timex temporal relationship classification. The corpus contains sentences with event and time expression pairs marked out, together with the temporal relationship between these expressions, as defined by TempEval-1 and TempEval-2. His recent COLING 2012 paper was based on this collected corpus, which is now being made available to the general public to spur temporal relationship classification research!
Thursday, 27 December 2012

Semantics3 goes to YCombinator

Varun Sivamani, a FYP graduate of WING, launched Semantics3 with three friends, to crawl and organize data on the web. Since then the company has gone to attract paying customers and has recently become the first Singaporean startup to be selected for incubation with YCombinator. Congratulations, Semantics3!
Friday, 21 December 2012

Congratulations to Dr Lin!

Dr Ziheng Lin passed his oral Ph.D. thesis defense this afternoon, marking the end of his long career affiliated with WING. He did an UROP with Min in 2005, a FYP with Min and A/P Lee Wee Sun and a Ph.D. with Min and A/P Ng Hwee Tou. Congratulations, Ziheng!
Monday, 03 December 2012

A new Chaptr!

Jesse has been hard at work in his last few months to create Chaptrs, the crowning Mac App that will help you organize your photo collection by events and within events too. With 100s of photographs taken everyday, Chaptrs is a solution to the problem of finding photos, and for Jesse, getting data about photos from actual users (no private data taken, just simple photo metadata).
Thursday, 15 November 2012

2 papers by Jun Ping and team at COLING

Jun Ping, Ziheng and Praveen have published two papers at the upcoming COLING on temporal relation classification and the state-of-the-art in generic extractive automatic summarization. Hope to see you at COLING 2012 in Mumbai!
Thursday, 15 November 2012

Congratulations to the CitWeb Team

Congratulations to Tao Chen, Zhao Jin, Heng Low Wee and Eric Yulianto for winning the first prize (5K SGD) in the CodeForScience contest! Bravo! See their winning entry.
Monday, 01 October 2012

NLP Workshop papers

We are happy to report that WING members have produced three upcoming NLP related workshop papers. Aobo, Tao and Min have written up their work on Retweet understanding and prediction for the Language in Social Media 2012 workshop at NAACL. Praveen and Min have written up a short white paper on the ACL Anthology, and Praveen and Huy have written up a separate paper documenting their contribution to the R50 shared task. Both papers will be a part of the ACL special workshop on Rediscovering 50 years of Discoveries.
Thursday, 03 May 2012

WING Spring 2012 Hellos and Goodbyes

A few small personnel changes in our staff this semester. We say goodbye to our Research Assistant Bac Sy Vo, who is leaving back to Vietnam to pursue work with a start up company in computer vision. We also welcome Dr Ning Fang, who will join WING soon to join the work in the NExT project.
Monday, 02 April 2012

Prof. Joemon Jose visits WING

Prof. Joemon Jose swung by to visit WING in late March to build collaborative links with NUS SoC. While here he presented an exciting seminar on social media tagging.
Sunday, 01 April 2012

Spring 2012 forthcoming publications

We are happy to report that our article in Language Resources and Evaluation on Crowdsourcing for NLP has finally reached the proof stage and should be published soon! We are also preparing camera-ready publications for ACL on the summarization evaluation (AESOP) task, and on our open source plagiarism detection system and corpus for ITICSE.
Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Min appointed Assistant Director of NUS IDMI

Min has been appointed Assistant Director of the NUS Interactive of Digital Media Institute (IDMI). As part of the IDMI management, Min will be helping to oversee and coordinate the activities of the (current) three Integrated Research Centres and seven labs funded by the Media Development Authority (MDA) of Singapore.
Friday, 09 March 2012

First place by ROUGE by the TAC team

Our text summarization team of Ziheng Lin, Jun Ping Ng and Praveen Bysani achieved first place in ROUGE scores for their extractive summarization system, SWING at the recent Text Aanalysis Conference (TAC) 2011. Look out for its release on our downloads page coming soon! You can read about SWING’s construction in the TAC proceedings article here.
Friday, 09 March 2012


WING Alumnus, Sivamani Varun, has started his own startup company, Semantics3. They are performing crawling and soon, data mining, of large data sets via Amazon EC2. Check out their site. As part of our team’s NExT search center, we are planning to collaborate with Semantics3 to take the grunt work out of crawling data for Singapore and Beijing.
Friday, 09 March 2012

Adam Kilgarriff visits WING

Adam Kilgarriff stopped by WING in February to give a talk/demo on the Sketch Engine, his company’s corpus exploration tool. We look forward to more ties for SketchEngine as we work to collaborate to load the NUS SMS corpus and other corpora by the group onto the Sketch Engine for more detailed analysis.
Sunday, 19 Feburary 2012

Prof Sally Jo Cunningham visits WING

Professor Sally Jo Cunningham visited WING and attended our November group meeting, sharing with us her recent work on observing children at play and learning in bookstores, hinting at the future of digital libraries. Sally Jo, thanks for stopping by!
Saturday, 10 December 2011

WING Fall 2011 Hellos and Goodbyes

WING welcomes incoming PhD student Xiangnan He and welcomes back FYP students Shawn Tan and Low Wee Heng. We also welcome new sysadmin Jason Yeo, Zhongmin Dai and Azri Yasin. We also say goodbye to our long-lived-but-newly-minuted Dr Tan (Yee Fan), FYP student Varun Sivamani, interns Liner Yang, Sofien Lazreg, Takahiro Hisaki, Saravanan Sokkiel and sysadmins Nana Wang and James Tran.
Thursday, 17 November 2011

Congratulations Dr Tan!

Congratulations go to Dr Tan Yee Fan, who defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Cost-Sensitive Web-Based Information Acquisition for Record Matching” on Thursday, 17 Nov! He will continue to work as the Chief System Architecture at KAI Square. Congratulations, Yee Fan!
Thursday, 17 November 2011

SgCodeJam24 Finishes

The Elsevier / NUS SgCodeJam24 finishes with 15 teams presenting their applications. We fielded three teams, and while none won any awards, we feel great about our participation and organization in the CodeJam. We’re looking forward to next year’s competition already!
Thursday, 18 August 2011

Elsevier/NUS CodeJam24 registration open

WING is participating in the organization of the SgCodeJam24. Perhaps we’ll field some teams as well (Min is exempted).
Any takers?
Wednesday, 13 July 2011

New version of Dice Translator Firefox Extension

The DiCE Firefox team of Zhen Ming, Amulya and Biyan have released a new version of their popular Firefox tooltip translator client, updated for Firefox 5! You should be able to try it out shortly from Firefox’s Add On collection page when it comes out of review.
Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Mendeley uses ParsCit

Dr Kris Jack of Mendeley informed us that their widely known and used scholarly research company, is using our LPGL open-source ParsCit software as a key building block in their product. We are so flattered! Perhaps ParsCit will be of help to you?Friday, 03 June 2011

CSIDM International Review Panel visits WING

Mari Ostendorf, Dan Roth and Hongjiang Zhang of the appointed review board for CSIDM gave their distinguished speaker seminars in the morning on this Thursday at NUS, and in the afternoon graciously lent WING their ears to listen to the group’s projects from WING students and staff. We thank them for their insightful comments!
Friday, 03 June 2011

NEC researchers Itaru Hosomi and Kai Ishikawa visit WING

NLP Principal Researchers Itaru Hosomi and Kai Ishikawa visited WING and learned about the group’s endeavors on 27 April 2011. They also presented a talk at the earlier CHIME text processing seminar on how they use NLP technology to interpret and act on customer feedback on their consumer electronics products through their customer relationship management call centers.
Wednesday, 04 May 2011

New Journal Works

Our group members have been hard at work at publishing journal articles and book chapters. Aobo, Vu and Min have put together an article for the special issue of LREJ on Perspectives on Crowdsourcing Annotations for Natural Language Processing, for those interested in the nuances between wisdom of the crowds, games with a purpose, mechanized labor and how they offer an alternative to traditional annotation tasks. In other work, Simone Teufel (Univ. of Cambridge) and Min have completed a book chapter on Robust Argumentative Zoning for Sensemaking in Scholarly Documents, to appear in the upcoming Springer Hot Topics volume on Advanced Language Technologies for Digital Libraries (ALT4DL)
Friday, 15 April 2011

NUS SMS corpus

Tao Chen has been working hard in resurrecting our NUS SMS Corpus project and has enlarged it by over four times, collecting both English and Chinese SMS. This corpus is completely free of charge to the public as a result of sponsorship from our CSIDM project. Please help contribute SMS to our corpus for the public advancement of this very interesting and personal form of communication.
Friday, 15 April 2011

JCDL 2011 Shorts

This coming JCDL will feature Kaz‘s appearance in Ottawa to present his work on scholarly paper recommendation and our past FYP student, Khang Duy Ly, in our joint work on product review summarization via subtopics and facets. Kaz will also be there for the JCDL doctoral consortium. Please stop by and say hi if you are in Ottawa for JCDL in June.
Friday, 15 April 2011

Goodbyes – April 2011

Our four UROP students for the past year are defending their theses and leaving our group for bigger and better things. We’ll miss the trio of Shawn, Low Wee and Yipeng, all buddies since before NUS, who have been hard at work on practical information extraction, word sense disambiguation and cloud based record linkage. Tamisa Huangwongsri has also finished her UROP on Word Segmentation and is looking forward to her next summer internship. Good luck all!
Friday, 15 April 2011

Hellos – April 2011

We welcome two new RAs to WING: Bac Sy Vo and Praveen Bysani. Bac is working on our Global Asia Institute, helping to develop a Google Scholar based analytics package. Praveen is working with us on several topics related to summarization and information extraction. Saravanan S, a new intern from Hindustan University has been working on scientific document retrieval/crawling. Finally we have a new UROP student, Sudhanshu Khemka, working with us and Prof. Tiow Seng Tan from our graphics group on GPU based IR. We look forward to their hard and fruitful works!

Friday, 15 April 2011


Qiu Long’s JavaRAP, an anaphora resolver, has now been put on github and on
our local web service server system. Check it out!
Tuesday, 08 March 2011

AIRS 2010 successfully concluded!

The Sixth Asia Information Retrieval Symposium (AIRS 2010) was successfully concluded at Taipei, Taiwan. Unfortunately, both Min (as PC Co-Chair) and Kaz (as an Area Co-Chair) could not attend. Ziheng, who was presenting a paper (see the publication list above), had to stand in for both of us. We heard it was a success for both the conference and the accompanying workshop, thanks to the local organizational team and the strong program, keynote speakers and participants. Hope you enjoyed it as well!
Thursday, 16 December 2010

Hellos and Goodbyes – November 2010

November marked the end of our group’s first large NRF grant work, that led to the development of ParsCit, WING.NUS Keyphrase and other recent work. As such we bid a farewell to our two research assistants, Emma and Thang. At the same time, our GAI grant officially started on the next day, and Huy Do joined us as a research assistant for our Nursing informatics project. We celebrated the comings and goings at our 12 November group meeting with fruit topped cream cake and a surprise batch of homemade cookies from Emma.
Friday, 12 November 2010

Hellos and Goodbyes – January 2014

We welcome a new year with the hosting of three postgraduate interns from Tsinghua University (who have actually been with us for a month, since December 2013) — Chao Wang, Yongfeng Zhang and Qianli Xing. Our UROP student, Bang Hui Lim, and beginning FYP student, Michael Yue, have also both returned from the NUS NOC programme in Silicon Valley and have joined us for research for the semester. Muthu Kumar also rejoins WING as a newly-minted Ph.D. candidate — on for another 4 years! We also say goodbye to three project students, Yue Zhao, Weiran Liu and Minh Khue Le, who have finished their attachment with WING on their Crowd.Motoring project.
Friday, 12 November 2010

Publishing Software on GitHub/NUS R2M

WING is cooperating with NUS Industrial Liason Office (ILO) to publish our open source / research software in their Research 2 Market (R2M) Portal, which will make it easier for commercial companies to license our software and for academic and research units to try them out. More details coming soon. WING also is building a presence on Github, since internally we use Git for source code control. Our open source toolkits for digital library / NLP / IR research will be made available there. Currently our ParsCit and Kairos projects are hosted on Github (as well as locally on the WING servers).
Thursday, 28 October 2010

U Tokyo Visits WING

Twenty researchers from the Matsuo, Mori and Kajikawa labs of the University of Tokyo visited WING on 20 Oct 2010. While only around for a brief visit of one hour, we managed to fit in presentations from both groups and hear from them their current work on large scale citation analysis and Twitter based earthquake detection. Kaz will also be going to U Tokyo to return the favor of their visit and present his current work to them in January 2011. See our special 22 Oct 2010 meeting page for more details.
Wednesday, 27 October 2010

New Kairos version released (v100930)

Markus Hänse has released a new version of his Kairos scholarly paper crawler and metadata extractor. Please find the download from the Kairos homepage. CHANGES:
– negative term dictionary & remover (kairos/dictionaries/negative.txt)

– Fixing CRF++ compilation erros (libtool) – Upgrade CRF++ package to version 0.54
Thursday, 30 September 2010

Global Asia Institute Grant

WING has secured a collaborative grant with the Global Asia Institute (GAI) in NUS to look at trends in researcher movement in Asia. This is a collaboration with Dr Philip Cho of the Asia Research Insitute, and will be active over the next three years. We are planning to look at the social network of scholars and may expand to look at website evidence as well, to provide basic information for sociologists and historians to make qualitative conclusions about factors for why scientists and scholars move institutions.
Wednesday, 15 September 2010

AIRS 2010 registration deadline approaching

The registration deadline for the Asia Information Retrieval Symposium (AIRS 2010), which Min and Kaz are part of the organizing committee, is coming up soon. The conference will be held in Taipei, Taiwan on 1-3 December 2010. Check out for details!
Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Farewell Interns

We say goodbye to our three interns from this summer. Shomir Wilson (from Univ. of Maryland) who worked with Jin on academic artefact reference. Rohit Kumar (IIT Delhi) who worked with Kaz on collaborative filtering and Rahmad Mahendra (Groningen) who worked with Min on hierarchical topic identification. We wish them the best in their continued work on research and their future higher studies.
Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Related Work Summarization Dataset

Cong Duy Vu Hoang has released a dataset for experimentation and evaluation of related work summarization. This dataset comprises of 20 articles in the NLP / IR domain that have the texts of the papers as well as their referenced papers, and a manually-built hierarchical topic tree. The original related work section has also been set aside for evaluation purposes. See our downloads section.
Wednesday, 04 August 2010

3 papers at COLING 2010

Hope to see some of you at COLING 2010 in Beijing! Our group has two papers there — one on related work summarization and another on morphological machine translation. We have also collaborated with Dr Su Nam Kim on a third on keyphrase extraction evaluation. See you there!
Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Scholarly Paper Recommendation Dataset

Kaz has just released his dataset from JCDL on scholarly paper recommendation, with information about gold standard evaluation for over 30 researchers in natural language processing. See the downloads page for more detail.
Tuesday, 27 July 2010

2010 July Update

Min and his family have finished a great sabbatical with the folks at UCI in June and have now returned to Singapore. While Min was busy getting ready to return home, the group suffered a damaging hardware crash to our infrastructure. At this time we are still in the midst of recovering from the hardware crash and data loss. While we welcome you visit our website for more details, we apologize for the re-construction dust on our website.
Saturday, 03 July 2010

WING System Crash

We had a very large hardware crash of WING’s main servers, involve lots of disk crashes in our RAID and subsequent data loss and chaos. Fortunately, Jun Ping and Aobo of our team’s admin staff were able to piece together most of our systems. The hardware crash led to about one month’s work lost for many group members; but fortunately, after most conference submission deadlines. If you have data stored on our servers, they were probably lost. Do contact us at support at_sign wing dot comp dot nus dot edu dot sg if you need your accounts reinstated.
Saturday, 03 July 2010

Summer Interns for 2010

We are lucky to be hosting 3 interns this summer. Shomir Wilson joins us as an EAPSI scholar from Univ. of Maryland, Rohit Kumar from IIT Delhi, and Rahmad Mahendra, an Erasmus Mundi awardee from Groningen University, the Netherlands.
Saturday, 03 July 2010

AIRS 2010

The submission deadline for the Asia Information Retrieval Symposium (AIRS 2010), which Min and Kaz are part of the organizing committee, is coming up soon. The conference will be held in Taipei, Taiwan on 1-3 December 2010. The submission deadline has been extended to **7th of July** (next week!), and will be SCI indexed and part of the LNCS series. Check out for details!
Saturday, 03 July 2010

2nd Quarter Publications

We have just finished presenting a set of work at JCDL/ICADL and have some upcoming presentations at SemEval, COLING and Web Intelligence. While our work at COLING is not yet finalized, we can share with you our preprints of SemEval and WI. Our SemEval work continues our work on keyphrase extraction, both in our task organization and group effort in the competition. We also have an invited journal paper with the International Journal of Digital Library Systems (IJDLS), likely coming out next year.
Saturday, 03 July 2010

2010 April Update

In this past quarter, Min and his family are still enjoying their time at UC Irvine, up until sabbatical end in June. Submission season has peaked for the group and we have some preliminary acceptances to share with you.
Wednesday, 31 March 2010