Jianpeng Cheng

ILCC, University of Edinburgh

Personal Background

I am a final year PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, affiliated with the ILCC. I am fortunate to be supervised by Prof. Mirella Lapata (primary) and Adam Lopez.

My research lies at the intersection between machine learning and natural language processing. In the long term, my goal is to develop natural language interfaces between humans and machines, teaching computers to understand and respond to human needs, commands and questions. To this end, my short term research focuses on semantic parsing with deep learning.

Before PhD I obtained MSc Computer Science distinction from the University of Oxford, with a focus on machine learning. Some of my recent awards include a Google PhD Fellowship, an Adeptmind Scholarship and an Amazon Alexa Prize (mostly thanks to my teammates).

Recent Publication

Edina: Building an Open Domain Socialbot with Self-dialogues

AP 2017


A Generative Parser with a Discriminative Recognition Algorithm

ACL 2017

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Learning Structured Natural Language Representations for Semantic Parsing

ACL 2017

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Dependency Parsing as Head Selection

EACL 2017

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Long Short-Term Memory-Networks for Machine Reading

EMNLP 2016

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Neural Summarization by Extracting Sentences and Words

ACL 2016

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Industry Experience

Amazon Alexa Prize

Dec 2016 - Aug 2017

Working on chatbot.

IBM T.J. Watson Research

Jun 2016 to Sep 2016

Working on semantic parsing.

Microsoft Research

Jan 2015 - Jul 2015

Woring on knowledge base representation learning.

Institute for Infocomm Research

Aug 2012 - May 2013

Woring on interactive robots.