Min-Yen KAN


Associate Professor (2009-current)

School of Computing

National University of Singapore

AS 6 #05-12, Singapore 117590

Office: ++65 6516 1885

Fax: ++65 6779 4580


Research Interests

Natural Language Processing, Digital Libraries, Information Retrieval and Human-Computer Interaction.
My main interest is in applying natural language (NL) techniques to help researchers find the information they need to act on. A key focus of my work is improving information retrieval user interfaces with the use of NL technology to make search results easier to understand and disseminate to collaborators.






Ph.D., M.S., B.S. Computer Science, Columbia University


Dissertation: Text Summarization as applied to Information Retrieval: Using informative and indicative summaries


Advisors: Professors Kathleen R. McKeown and Judith L. Klavans

Tau Beta Pi Honor’s Society, Dean’s List: 7 of 8 semesters


Selected Publications


Min-Yen Kan, Ye Wang, Denny Iskandar, Tin Lay Nwe and Arun K Shenoy (2008) LyricAlly: Automatic Synchronization of Textual Lyrics to Acoustic Music Signals. IEEE Transactions on Audio Speech and Language Processing, 16(2): 338-349.


Hang Cui, Min-Yen Kan and Tat-Seng Chua (2007) Soft Pattern Matching Models for Definitional Question Answering, ACM Transactions on Information Systems.


Min-Yen Kan (2007) SlideSeer: A Digital Library of Aligned Document and Presentation Pairs. Proceedings of the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries.


Min-Yen Kan and Hoang Oanh Nguyen Thi (2005) Fast webpage classification using URL features. Proceedings of Conf. on Info and Knowledge Management. Bremen, Germany.


Noemie Elhadad, Min-Yen Kan, Judith Klavans, and Kathleen McKeown (2005) Customization in a Unified Framework for Summarizing Medical Literature, Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, 33 (2), pp. 179-198.

Min-Yen Kan and Danny C. C. Poo (2005) Detecting and supporting known item queries in online public access catalogs. Proceedings of the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries.


Min-Yen Kan and Judith L. Klavans Using Librarian Techniques in Automatic Text Summarization for Information Retrieval. Proceedings of the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, Portland, Oregon, USA


Judith L. Klavans and Min-Yen Kan, Role of Verbs in Document Analysis. In Proceedings of COLING/ACL 98, Montréal, Québec, Canada


Min-Yen Kan, Judith L. Klavans and Kathleen R. McKeown, Linear Segmentation and Segment Relevance. Proceedings of 6th International Workshop of Very Large Corpora, Québec, Canada


Patents and Awards

"Method for partitioning natural language texts into topical, multi-paragraph segments" M. Kan, J. Klavans and K. McKeown, U.S. Patent 6,473,730, October 2002.


The Paul Michelman Award for Exemplary Service to the Computer Science Department, on October 2000.


Selected Grants


PI, Mathematical Equation Indexing, Search and Retrieval (2007; ongoing S$ 39,500 from ARF grants)

Co-PI, Interactive Media Search (2008; ongoing, S$ 1,495,000 from NRF grant)
Co-PI, Co-training NLP Systems and Language Learners
(2008; ongoing, S$ 297,400 from CSIDM grant)