Yumo Xu

Welcome! I am a final-year PhD candidate in Natural Language Processing (NLP) at the University of Edinburgh. I am affiliated with the Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation (ILCC) and EdinburghNLP. I am fortunate to be advised by Prof. Mirella Lapata.

I am interested in both deep learning and probabilistic models for NLP tasks. My PhD topic is text summarization and I am also a fan of dialogue systems. My long-term research goal is to evolve the machine to interact with people naturally and assist people effectively, with only a small amount of data. [I am on the job market!]


Jul 30, 2021 Gave an invited talk on Text Summarization with Query Modeling at Samsung AI Center.
Jun 2, 2021 My last PhD project on latent query modeling is now available. Check it out!
Mar 21, 2021 I will be on the job market in late 2021! Click me for more details.
Dec 29, 2020 Our new paper on abstractive query focused summarization is now available. Check it out!
Dec 1, 2020 Gave an invited talk on Query Focused Summarization at Megagon Labs.

(Recent) Selected Publications

  1. Summarization
    Text Summarization with Latent Queries
    Xu, Yumo, and Lapata, Mirella
    ArXiv 2021
  2. Summarization
    Generating Query Focused Summaries with Query-Free Resources
    Xu, Yumo, and Lapata, Mirella
    In ACL 2021
  3. Summarization
    Coarse-to-Fine Query Focused Multi-Document Summarization
    Xu, Yumo, and Lapata, Mirella
    In EMNLP 2020