Rui Yan ( )

Ph.D., ACL Member, ACM Member

Associate Professor, PhD Advisor (with Research Fellow Title)
Gaoling School of Artificial Intelligence (GSAI),
Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China

Adjunct Professor (External Advisor),
School of Computer Science,
Central China Normal University
and School of Information,
Central University of Finance and Economics

Email: ruiyan AT ruc DOT edu DOT cn


After 4  years of assistant professorship, Dr. Rui Yan is now a tenured associate professor at Gaoling School of Artificial Intelligence (GSAI), Renmin University of China, working with Prof. Ji-Rong Wen. GSAI is a new school established in 2019, concentrating on AI research.

Dr. Rui Yan was a tenure-track assistant professor at Wangxuan Institute of Computer Technology (WICT), Peking University, working with Prof. Dongyan Zhao. He was also affiliated with Beijing Institute of Big Data Research (BIBDR), working with Prof. Weinan E. Before that, he was a senior researcher in Baidu Inc. (Beijing Headquarter), working with Hao Tian, Dr. Shiqi Zhao, Dr. Hua Wu, and Dr. Haifeng Wang. He has a secondary appointment as an Adjunct Professor and External Advisor in School of Computer Science, Central China Normal University and School of Information, Central University of Finance and Economics. He obtained the doctorate degree from School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science, Peking University, working with Prof. Xiaoming Li, Prof. Xiaojun Wan and Prof. Yan Zhang. He served as a research assistant in 1) University of Pennsylvania, working with Prof. Chris Callison-Burch; 2) National Taiwan University, working with Prof. Shou-De Lin and Pu-Jen Cheng; and 3) Tsinghua University, working with Prof. Jie Tang. He is also proud to have collaborated with Prof. Mirella Lapata from University of Edinburgh, Prof. Jian-Yun Nie from University of Montreal and Prof. Xiaohua (Tony) Hu from Drexel University.

Rui Yan has a broad interest in real world problems related to natural languages, text information, social networks, web application, scientific literature, and multimedia. Rui's research focuses on Natural Language Processing (Computational Linguistics), Information Retrieval, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. More specifically, he is now conducting research into dialogue systems, natural language generation, text mining and knowledge management.

I'm always looking for highly self-motivated students to work with me as PhD and/or master students (1-2 PhD positions open for 2021 Fall). Candidates who are interested in working with me are welcome to send me your resume.

For letter-of-reference requests: I only write recommendation letters for students co-authored with me, preferably for those applicants as first/leading authors.

An important reminder for interns. Before you apply for internship in our research group, please be aware: we hold the intellectual property of any research work from our lab during your internship. We have every right to improve and CONTINUE the work even when the intern(s) in charge check out. AGREE with the terms and conditions before you send me emails and sign up. This is important.

Tutorials and Invited Talks

  • Juntao Li and Rui Yan. Creative and Artistic Writing via Text Generation. In AAAI'20. Tutorial. (CCF Rank A)

  • Wei Wu and Rui Yan. Deep Chit-Chat: Deep Learning for Chatbots. In SIGIR'19. Tutorial. (CCF Rank A)

  • Juntao Li and Rui Yan. Creative and Artistic Writing via Text Generation. In IJCAI'19. Tutorial. (CCF Rank A)

  • Rui Yan. Recent Advances and Challenges on Human-Computer Conversational Systems. Invited talk at IJCAI'19 at Workshop of Humanizing AI.

  • Wei Wu and Rui Yan. Deep Chit-Chat: Deep Learning for Chatbots. In WWW'19. Tutorial. (CCF Rank A)

  • Rui Yan. Recent Advances and Challenges on Human-Computer Conversational Systems. Invited talk at WSDM'19 at Workshop of Deep Matching in Practical Applications.

  • Wei Wu and Rui Yan. Deep Chit-Chat: Deep Learning for ChatBots. In EMNLP'18. Tutorial. []

Selected Publications (FULL LIST)

  • Xueliang Zhao, Wei Wu, Can Xu, Chongyang Tao, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Knowledge-Grounded Dialogue Generation with Pre-trained Language Models. In EMNLP'20. Full paper. [To Appear]

  • Zhangming Chan, Yuchi Zhang, Xiuying Chen, Shen Gao, Zhiqiang Zhang, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Selection and Generation: Learning towards Multi-Product Advertisement Post Generation. In EMNLP'20. Full paper. [To Appear]

  • Mingzhe Li, Xiuying Chen, Shen Gao, Zhangming Chan, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. VMSMO: Learning to Generate Multimodal Summary for Video-based News Articles. In EMNLP'20. Full paper. [To Appear]

  • Kai Hua, Zhiyuan Feng, Chongyang Tao, Rui Yan and Lu Zhang. Learning to Detect Relevant Contexts and Knowledge for Response Selection in Retrieval-based Dialogue Systems. In CIKM'20. Full paper. [To Appear]

  • Zhenxin Fu, Shaobo Cui, Feng Ji, Ji Zhang, Haiqing Chen, Dongyan Zhao, and Rui Yan. Query-to-Session Matching: Do NOT Forget History and Future during Response Selection for Multi-Turn Dialogue Systems. In CIKM'20. Full paper. [To Appear]

  • Zhenxin Fu, Shaobo Cui, Mingyue Shang, Feng Ji, Dongyan Zhao, Haiqing Chen and Rui Yan. Context-to-Session Matching: Utilizing Whole Session for Response Selection in Information-Seeking Dialogue Systems. In KDD'20. Full paper. [To Appear] (CCF Rank A)

  • Zhenxin Fu, Yu Wu, Hailei Zhang, Yichuan Hu, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Be Aware of the Hot Zone: A Warning System of Hazard Area Prediction to Intervene Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak. In SIGIR'20 (Industry Track). Full paper. [To Appear] (CCF Rank A)

  • Lisong Qiu, Ying Wai Shiu, Pingping Lin, Ruihua Song, Yue Liu, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. What If Bots Feel Moods? Towards Controllable Retrieval-based Dialogue Systems with Emotion-Aware Transition Networks. In SIGIR'20. Full paper. [To Appear] (CCF Rank A)

  • Chongyang Tao, Wei Wu, Yansong Feng, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Improving Matching Models with Hierarchical Contextualized Representations for Multi-turn Response Selection. In SIGIR'20. Short paper. [To Appear] (CCF Rank A)

  • Juntao Li, Ruidan He, Hai Ye, Hwee Tou Ng, Lidong Bing and Rui Yan. Unsupervised Domain Adaptation of a Pretrained Cross-Lingual Language Model. In IJCAI-PRICAI'20. Full paper. [To Appear] (CCF Rank A)

  • Xuemiao Zhang, Zhouxing Tan, Xiaoning Zhang, Yang Cao and Rui Yan. Adaptively Multi-Objective Adversarial Training for Dialogue Generation. In IJCAI-PRICAI'20. Full paper. [To Appear] (CCF Rank A)

  • Shen Gao, Xiuying Chen, Zhaochun Ren, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. From Standard Summarization to New Tasks and Beyond: Summarization with Manifold Information. In IJCAI-PRICAI'20. Full paper. [To Appear] (CCF Rank A)

  • Yiping Song, Zequn Liu, Wei Bi, Rui Yan and Ming Zhang. Learning to Customize Model Structures for Few-shot Dialogue Generation Tasks. In ACL'20. Full paper. [To Appear] (CCF Rank A)

  • Shen Gao, Xiuying Chen, Chang Liu, Li Liu, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Learning to Respond with Stickers: A Framework of Unifying Multi-Modality in Multi-Turn Dialog. In WWW'20. Full paper. [To Appear] (CCF Rank A)

  • Xueliang Zhao, Wei Wu, Chongyang Tao, Can Xu, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Low-Resource Knowledge-Grounded Dialogue Generation. In ICLR'20. Full paper. [To Appear]

  • Juntao Li, Chang Liu, Jian Wang, Lidong Bing, Hongsong Li, Xiaozhong Liu, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Cross-Lingual Low-Resource Set-to-Description Retrieval for Global E-Commerce. In AAAI'20. Full paper. [To Appear] (CCF Rank A)

  • Meng-Hsuan Yu, Juntao Li, Danyang Liu, Bo Tang, Haisong Zhang, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Draft and Edit: Automatic Storytelling Through Multi-Pass Hierarchical Conditional Variational Autoencoder. In AAAI'20. Full paper. [To Appear] (CCF Rank A)

  • Danyang Liu, Juntao Li, Meng-Hsuan Yu, Ziming Huang, Gongshen Liu, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. A Character-Centric Neural Model for Automated Story Generation. In AAAI'20. Full paper. [To Appear] (CCF Rank A)

  • Jie Wang, Zhenxin Fu, Moxin Li, Haisong Zhang, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Learning Sense Representation from Word Representation for Unsupervised Word Sense Disambiguation. In AAAI'20. Student Abstract. [To Appear]

  • Xiuying Chen, Daorui Xiao, Shen Gao, Guojun Liu, Wei Lin, Bo Zheng, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. RPM-Oriented Query Rewriting Framework for E-Commerce Keyword-based Sponsored Search. In AAAI'20. Student Abstract. [To Appear]

  • Hantao Guo, Rui Yan, Yansong Feng, Xuesong Gao and Zhanxing Zhu. Simplifying Graph Attention Networks with Source-Target Separation. In ECAI'20. [To Appear]

  • Zhangming Chan, Xiuying Chen, Yongliang Wang, Juntao Li, Zhiqiang Zhang, Kun Gai, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Stick to the Facts: Learning towards a Fidelity-oriented E-Commerce Product Description Generation. In EMNLP'19. Full paper.

  • Zhangming Chan, Juntao Li, Xiaopeng Yang, Xiuying Chen, Wenpeng Hu, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Modeling Personalization in Countinuous Space for Response Generation via Augmented Wasserstein Autoencoders. In EMNLP'19. Full paper.

  • Ran Le, Wenpeng Hu, Mingyue Shang, Zhenjun You, Lidong Bing, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Who is Speaking to Whom? Learning to Identify Utterance Addressee in Multi-Party Conversations. In EMNLP'19. Full paper.

  • Shen Gao, Xiuying Chen, Piji Li, Zhanming Chan, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. How to Write Summaries with Patterns? Learning towards Abstractive Summarization through Prototype Editing. In EMNLP'19. Full paper.

  • Mingyue Shang, Piji Li, Zhenxin Fu, Lidong Bing, Dongyan Zhao, Shuming Shi and Rui Yan. Semi-Supervised Text Style Transfer: Cross Projection in Latent Space. In EMNLP'19. Full paper.

  • Jia Li, Chongyang Tao, Wei Wu, Yansong Feng, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Sampling Matters! An Empirical Study of Negative Sampling Strategies for Learning of Matching Models in Retrieval-based Dialogue Systems. In EMNLP'19. Short paper.

  • Ran Le, Wenpeng Hu, Yang Song, Tao Zhang, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Towards Effective and Interpretable Person-Job Fitting. In CIKM'19. Full paper.

  • Zhenxin Fu, Feng Ji, Wenpeng Hu, Wei Zhou, Dongyan Zhao, Haiqing Chen and Rui Yan. Query-bag Matching with Mutual Coverage for Information-Seeking Conversations in E-Commerce. In CIKM'19. Short paper.

  • Zhengwei Tao, Waiman Si, Juntao Li, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Boosting Variational Generative Model via Condition Enhancing and Lexical-Editing. In PRICAI'19. Full paper.

  • Rui Yan, Ran Le, Yang Song, Tao Zhang, Xiangliang Zhang and Dongyan Zhao. Interview Choice Reveals Your Preference on the Market: To Improve Job-Resume Matching through Profiling Memories. In KDD'19. Full paper. (CCF Rank A)

  • Jiayi Zhang, Chongyang Tao, Zhenjing Xu, Qiaoqing Xie, Chen Wei and Rui Yan. EnsembleGAN: Adversarial Learning for Retrieval-Generation Ensemble Model on Short-Text Conversation. In SIGIR'19. Full paper. (CCF Rank A)

  • Chongyang Tao, Wei Wu, Can Xu, Wenpeng Hu, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. One Time of Interaction May Not Be Enough: Go Deep with an Interaction-over-Interaction Network for Response Selection in Dialogues. In ACL'19. Full paper. (CCF Rank A)

  • Jiazhan Feng, Chongyang Tao, Wei Wu, Yansong Feng, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Learning a Matching Model with Co-teaching for Multi-turn Response Selection in Retrieval-based Dialogue Systems. In ACL'19. Full paper. (CCF Rank A)

  • Lisong Qiu, Juntao Li, Wei Bi, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Are Training Samples Correlated? Learning to Generate Dialogue Responses with Multiple References. In ACL'19. Full paper. (CCF Rank A)

  • Wenpeng Hu, Zhangming Chan, Bing Liu, Dongyan Zhao, Jinwen Ma and Rui Yan. A Graph-structured Neural Network for Dialogue Systems. In IJCAI'19. Full paper. (CCF Rank A)

  • Xiuying Chen, Zhangming Chan, Shen Gao, Meng-Hsuan Yu, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Learning towards Abstractive Timeline Summarization. In IJCAI'19. Full paper. (CCF Rank A)

  • Xueliang Zhao, Chongyang Tao, Wei Wu, Can Xu, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. A Document-grounded Matching Network for Response Selection in Retrieval-based Chatbots. In IJCAI'19. Full paper. (CCF Rank A)

  • Yuting Wu, Xiao Liu, Yansong Feng, Zheng Wang, Rui Yan and Dongyan Zhao. Relation-Aware Entity Alignment for Heterogeneous Knowledge Graphs. In IJCAI'19. Full paper. [To Appear] (CCF Rank A)

  • M.K.Sophie Chen, Xinyi Lin, Chen Wei, and Rui Yan. BoFGAN: Towards A New Structure of Backward-or-Forward Generative Adversarial Nets. In WWW'19. Short paper. [](CCF Rank A)

  • Wenpeng Hu, Zhou Lin, Bing Liu, Chongyang Tao, Zhengwei Tao, Jinwen Ma, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Overcoming Catastrophic Forgetting via Model Adaptation. In ICLR'19. Full paper. []

  • Lili Yao, Nanyun Peng, Ralph Weischedel, Kevin Knight, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Plan-And-Write: Towards Better Automatic Storytelling. In AAAI'19. Full paper. [To Appear] (CCF Rank A)

  • Shen Gao, Xiuying Chen, Piji Li, Zhaochun Ren, Lidong Bing, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Abstractive Text Summarization by Incorporating Reader Comments. In AAAI'19. Full paper. [To Appear] (CCF Rank A)

  • Juntao Li, Lisong Qiu, Bo Tang, Dongmin Chen, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Insufficient Data Can Also Rock! Learning to Converse Using Smaller Data with Augmentation. In AAAI'19. Full paper. [To Appear] (CCF Rank A)

  • Juntao Li, Lidong Bing, Lisong Qiu, Dongmin Chen, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Learning to Write Creative Stories with Thematic Consistency. In AAAI'19. Full paper. [To Appear] (CCF Rank A) [To Appear]

  • Ning Miao, Hao Zhou, Lili Mou, Rui Yan and Lei Li. Constrained Generation via Metropolis-Hastings Sampling. In AAAI'19. Full paper. [To Appear] (CCF Rank A) [To Appear]

  • Mingyue Shang, Zhenxin Fu, Hongzhi Yin, Bo Tang, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Find a Reasonable Ending for Stories: Does Logic Relation Help the Story Cloze Test? In AAAI'19. Student poster. [To Appear] (CCF Rank A) [To Appear]

  • Chongyang Tao, Wei Wu, Can Xu, Wenpeng Hu, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Multi-Representation Fusion Network for Multi-turn Response Selection in Retrieval-based Chatbots. In WSDM'19. Full paper. []

  • Shen Gao, Zhaochun Ren, Yihong Eric Zhao, Dongyan Zhao, Dawei Yin and Rui Yan. Product-Aware Answer Generation in E-Commerce Question-Answering. In WSDM'19. Full paper. []

  • Xiuying Chen, Shen Gao, Chongyang Tao, Yan Song, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Iterative Document Representation Learning Towards Summarization with Polishing. In EMNLP'18. Full paper. []

  • Juntao Li, Yan Song, Haisong Zhang, Dongmin Chen, Shuming Shi, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Generating Classical Chinese Poems via Conditional Variational Autoencoder and Adversarial Training. In EMNLP'18. Full paper. []

  • Fangfang Zhang, Jin-ge Yao and Rui Yan. On the Abstractiveness of Neural Document Summarization. In EMNLP'18. Short paper. []

  • Rui Yan and Dongyan Zhao. Coupled Context Modeling for Deep Chit-Chat: Towards Conversations between Human and Computer. In KDD'18. Full paper. (CCF Rank A) []

  • Rui Yan. Chitty-Chitty-Chat Bot: Deep Learning for Conversational AI. In IJCAI'18. Full paper. (CCF Rank A) [] (survey track.)

  • Rui Yan and Dongyan Zhao. Smarter Response with Proactive Suggestion: A New Generative Neural Conversation Paradigm. In IJCAI'18. Full paper. (CCF Rank A) []

  • Mingyue Shang, Zhenxin Fu, Nanyun Peng, Yansong Feng, Dongyan Zhao, and Rui Yan. Learning to Converse with Noisy Data: Generation with Calibration. In IJCAI'18. Full paper. (CCF Rank A) []

  • Xiaowei Tong, Zhenxin Fu, Mingyue Shang, Dongyan Zhao, and Rui Yan. One "Ruler" for All Languages: Multi-Lingual Dialogue Evaluation with Adversarial Multi-Task Learning. In IJCAI'18. Full paper. (CCF Rank A) []

  • Chonyang Tao, Shen Gao, Mingyue Shang, Wei Wu, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan, Get The Point of My Utterance! Learning Towards Effective Responses with Multi-Head Attention Mechanism. In IJCAI'18. Full paper. (CCF Rank A) []

  • Yiping Song, Cheng-Te Li, Jian-Yun Nie, Ming Zhang, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. An Ensemble of Retrieval-Based and Generation-Based Human-Computer Conversation Systems. In IJCAI'18. Full paper. (CCF Rank A) []

  • Bingfeng Luo, Yansong Feng, Zheng Wang, Songfang Huang, Rui Yan and Dongyan Zhao. Marrying up Regular Expressions with Neural Networks: A Case Study for Spoken Language Understanding. In ACL'18. Full paper. (CCF Rank A) []

  • Yanyan Jia, Yuan Ye, Yansong Feng, Yuxuan Lai, Rui Yan, and Dongyan Zhao. Modeling Discourse Cohesion for Discourse Parsing via Memory Network. In ACL'18. Short paper. (CCF Rank A) []

  • Wenpeng Hu, Bing Liu, Jinwen Ma, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Aspect-based Question Generation. Invited to ICLR'18 workshop. Full paper.

  • Zhenxin Fu, Xiaoye Tan, Nanyun Peng, Dongyan Zhao and Rui Yan. Style Transfer in Text: Exploration and Evaluation. In AAAI'18. Full paper. (CCF Rank A) []