Welcome! I am a second-year PhD student in Natural Language Processing (NLP) at the University of Edinburgh. I am affiliated with the Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation (ILCC) and also a member of EdinburghNLP. I am fortunate to be advised by Prof. Mirella Lapata (principle) and Dr. Shay Cohen.

You can find my resume here.

My office is at IF 3.34. Check out my Github, LinkedIn and Twitter, or email me.


I am interested in both deep learning techniques and probabilistic models for NLP tasks, especially information extraction and summarization. My long-term goal is to teach machine how to understand and generate human language from distant signals. Currently, I am working on Multiple Instance Learning (MIL) for domain detection and text summarization.

Selected Publications

Weakly Supervised Domain Detection
Yumo Xu and Mirella Lapata
TACL 2019.
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Trainable Dynamic Subsampling for End-to-End Speech Recognition
Shucong Zhang, Erfan Loweimi, Yumo Xu, Peter Bell and Steve Renals
Interspeech 2019.

Stock Movement Prediction from Tweets and Historical Prices
Yumo Xu and Shay B. Cohen
ACL 2018.
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Ph.D. Candidate, School of Informatics, The University of Edinburgh, Mar. 2018 - Present
M.S. (with Distinction), School of Informatics, The University of Edinburgh, Nov. 2017
B.S., School of Informatics, University of International Business and Economics, July 2016
Winter Session, HongKong University, Feb. 2015
Summer Session, INSEAD, July 2014

Industrial Experience

Google NLP Summit, Google AI Zurich, July 2019
Project Collaboration (IARPA MATERIAL), Raytheon, March 2018 - Present
Internship, Oracle China, May 2016 - June 2016
SDE Internship (Big Data), IBM China Development Lab, Aug. 2015 - Jan. 2016
SDE Internship, Wecash, July 2014 - Nov. 2014

Honors and Awards

IARPA MATERIAL Scholarship, Edinburgh
ILCC PhD Scholarship, Edinburgh
University Outstanding Undergraduate Graduation Dissertation (1/120), Beijing
Comprehensive Undergraduate Scholarship (twice), Beijing
First Prize of the China Undergraduate Mathematical Contest in Modeling, Beijing
Championship of the European Entrepreneurship Speech Competition, Brussels
Championship of the Mobile Application Development Challenge, Beijing
Grand prize of the E-Commerce Innovation Challenge, Beijing