NG Hwee Tou

Provost's Chair Professor
Ph.D. (Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin, U.S.A.)
M.S. (Computer Science, Stanford University, U.S.A.)
B.Sc. (Computer Science for Data Management (High Distinction), University of Toronto, Canada)
AS6-05-16
651 68951

http://www.comp.nus.edu.sg/~nght

Research Areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Media

Research Interests

  • Natural Language Processing
  • Information Retrieval

Profile

Professor Hwee Tou NG is Provost's Chair Professor of Computer Science at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a Senior Faculty Member at the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering. He received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin, USA. His research focuses on natural language processing and information retrieval. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL). He has published papers in premier journals and conferences, including Computational Linguistics, Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR), ACM Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS), ACL, NAACL, EMNLP, SIGIR, AAAI, and IJCAI. His papers received the Best Paper Award at EMNLP 2011 and SIGIR 1997. He is the book review editor of Computational Linguistics, an action editor of the Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics (TACL), an editorial board member of Natural Language Engineering, and a steering committee member of ACL SIGNLL. He has also served as the Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Asian Language Information Processing (TALIP) (May 2007 − May 2013) and an editorial board member of Computational Linguistics (2004 − 2006) and Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR) (Sep 2008 − Aug 2011). He was an elected member of the ACL executive committee (2008 − 2010) and a former secretary of ACL SIGNLL. He was program co-chair of EMNLP 2008, ACL 2005, and CoNLL 2004 conferences, and has served as area chair of ACL, NAACL, EACL, EMNLP, SIGIR, AAAI, and IJCAI conferences and as session chair and program committee member of many past conferences including ACL, EMNLP, SIGIR, AAAI, and IJCAI. At NUS, he currently serves as Deputy Director of Temasek Defence Systems Institute (TDSI), and he was formerly Program Co-Chair of the Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA) Computer Science Program, and Curriculum Chair and Vice Dean (Research) of the School of Computing.

Current Projects

  • Cross-lingual information extraction and question answering
  • Text mining for prediction of acute clinical events

Selected Publications

  • Chollampatt, Shamil, & Ng, Hwee Tou (2018). A Multilayer Convolutional Encoder-Decoder Neural Network for Grammatical Error Correction. In Proceedings of the Thirty-Second AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2018). New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

  • Kundu, Souvik, & Ng, Hwee Tou (2018). A Question-Focused Multi-Factor Attention Network for Question Answering. In Proceedings of the Thirty-Second AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2018). New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

  • He, Ruidan, Lee, Wee Sun, Ng, Hwee Tou, & Dahlmeier, Daniel. (2017). An Unsupervised Neural Attention Model for Aspect Extraction. In Proceedings of the 55th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2017) (pp. 388-397). Vancouver, Canada.

  • Hadiwinoto, Christian, & Ng, Hwee Tou (2017). A Dependency-Based Neural Reordering Model for Statistical Machine Translation. In Proceedings of the Thirty-First AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 17) (pp. 109-115). San Francisco, California, USA.

  • Taghipour, Kaveh, & Ng, Hwee Tou (2016). A Neural Approach to Automated Essay Scoring. In Proceedings of the 2016 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2016) (pp. 1882-1891). Austin, Texas, USA.

  • Chollampatt, Shamil, Hoang, Duc Tam, & Ng, Hwee Tou (2016). Adapting Grammatical Error Correction Based on the Native Language of Writers with Neural Network Joint Models. In Proceedings of the 2016 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2016) (pp. 1901-1911). Austin, Texas, USA.

  • Chollampatt, Shamil, Taghipour, Kaveh, & Ng, Hwee Tou (2016). Neural Network Translation Models for Grammatical Error Correction. In Proceedings of the Twenty-Fifth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2016). (pp. 2768-2774). New York, New York, USA.

  • Wang, Pidong, Nakov, Preslav, & Ng, Hwee Tou (2016). Source Language Adaptation Approaches for Resource-Poor Machine Translation. Computational Linguistics, 42(2), 277-306.

  • Taghipour, Kaveh, & Ng, Hwee Tou (2015). Semi-Supervised Word Sense Disambiguation Using Word Embeddings in General and Specific Domains. In Proceedings of the Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL 2015), (pp. 314-323), Denver, Colorado, USA.

Awards & Honours

  • Fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), 2012
  • Best Paper Award, EMNLP 2011
  • Best Paper Award, SIGIR 1997
  • Defence Technology Prize 2007 (Team R&D Award)

Teaching (2019/2020)

  • CS4248: Natural Language Processing
  • CS6207: Advanced Natural Language Processing