I'm currently pursuing a Master's degree in Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. My supervisor is Prof. Jimmy Lin. I will join Salesforce Research in Fall 2019 as a research intern. Before coming to Waterloo, I got my bachelor degree from School of Software Engineering at Tongji University, Shanghai.

My primary research interest lies at the intersection of Deep Learning and Natural Language Processing (NLP). Recently, I've been working on abstractive text summarization and semantic textual similarity.

This is my CV.


Distilling Task-Specific Knowledge from BERT into Simple Neural Networks
Raphael Tang*, Yao Lu*, Linqing Liu*, Lili Mou, Olga Vechtomova, Jimmy Lin

Generative Adversarial Network for Abstractive Text Summarization
Linqing Liu, Yao Lu, Min Yang, Qiang Qu, and Jia Zhu
The 30th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI, student poster), 2018
[supplementary file][output summary]

A Multi-task Learning Framework for Abstractive Text Summarization
Yao Lu, Linqing Liu, Zhile Jiang, Min Yang and Randy Goebel
The 31th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI, student poster), 2019

Detecting "Smart" Spammers On Social Network: A Topic Model Approch
Linqing Liu, Yao Lu, Ye Luo, Renxian Zhang, Laurent Itti, and Jianwei Lu
the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL, student session). 2016


Awards and Honors


  • 07/25/2018 — I attended the Deep Learning & Reinforcement Learning Summer School in Toronto.
  • 05/17/2017 — I won the ticket through Google Code Jam for Women and attended Google I/O 2017 in Mountain View.
  • 08/30/2016 — I'm invited to the Google Scholars' Retreat in Hyderabad, India as one of the 50 Google Anita Borg scholars APAC
  • 06/12/2016 — I attended the NAACL-HLT conference in San Diego, presenting the poster of my accepted paper


I started to play the traditional Chinese instrument, Pipa (also known as Chinese lute) at the age of six. "Shi Mian Mai Fu" (Ambushed from Ten Sides) is my favorite solo piece.