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About Me

Hi, human / crawler!

I am Yuning Mao , a fifth-year Ph.D student in the Dept. of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC). I am a member of Prof. Jiawei Han's Data Mining Group. I graduated from the IEEE Honored Class, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in 2017.

My research goal is to help humans to acquire knowledge from unstructured text more effectively and efficiently. I have been working on a range of topics towards this goal, such as text summarization, question answering, pre-trained language models, taxonomy construction, and hierarchical classification.

What's New

[2021-01] Check out how to get free gains for openQA by reranking retrieved passages without any training [paper].

[2020-10] Check out how to use constrained generation to preserve the factual consistency of abstractive summarization without worsening ROUGE [paper].

[2020-09] Check out how we achieve SOTA on Natural Questions and TriviaQA using "BM25" [paper].

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[2020-09] Two papers on multi-document summarization and knowledge graph reasoning are accepted to EMNLP 2020.

[2020-05] Two papers on self-supervised taxonomy enrichment and knowledge collection of product knowledge graph are accepted to KDD 2020.

[2020-04] Our new metric for summarization, FAR (facet-aware evaluation) along with a detailed analysis of CNN/Daily Mail, has been accepted to ACL 2020.

[2020-04] #WWW2020 We released the first dataset on multi-document headline generation, NewSHead, along with the NHNet model in official TensorFlow repo.

[2018-08-25] After being stuck in Australia for 42 days due to US visa issue, I finally got back to the states... Check out my adventure in Oz (游记)!

[2018-04-20] Birthday Gift: Paper on Taxonomy Induction is accepted to ACL 2018.

[2017-12-10] Performed at the annual carol concert in Foellinger Great Hall.

[2017-11-16] We had a concert at McKinley Presbyterian Church!

What I Enjoy


I enjoy coding to facilitate my (and others') life. I love both engineering work (if it's fun) and research-oriented projects. My interests lie in NLP, ML and data mining. I write 🐍 cuz life is short.

To my Github

My love for note ♪ is equivalent to code. I enjoy 🎤 privately (and in public). I used to play 🎻 but play 🎹 and 🎸 more often now. I also compose (very basic) music at times. (I wish I had more time on music recently)

To my music

I love all kinds of creatures in various sizes. Since I was a child, I have had 🐕, 🐈, 🐓, 🦆, 🕊, 🐌, 🐛, 🕷, 🐟, 🐢, 🌸, 🌱(🍆🌶🥒...🌽🍅🍠) ... I like insects, not "bugs". I am a "professional" 🐜 keeper!

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Selected Publications

[Full list@Google Scholar]
  1. Ming Zhong, Yang Liu, Suyu Ge, Yuning Mao, Yizhu Jiao, Xingxing Zhang, Yichong Xu, Chenguang Zhu, Michael Zeng, Jiawei Han, “Unsupervised Summarization with Customized Granularities”, arXiv 2022 [paper]
  2. Yuning Mao, Lambert Mathias, Rui Hou, Amjad Almahairi, Hao Ma, Jiawei Han, Wen-tau Yih, Madian Khabsa, “UniPELT: A Unified Framework for Parameter-Efficient Language Model Tuning”, ACL 2022 [paper]
  3. Yiqing Xie, Jiaming Shen, Sha Li, Yuning Mao, Jiawei Han, “Eider: Evidence-enhanced Document-level Relation Extraction”, Findings of ACL 2022. [paper] [code]
  4. Yuning Mao, Wenchang Ma, Deren Lei, Jiawei Han, Xiang Ren, "Extract, Denoise and Enforce: Evaluating and Improving Concept Preservation for Text-to-Text Generation", EMNLP 2021. [paper] [code]
  5. Yuning Mao, Pengcheng He, Xiaodong Liu, Yelong Shen, Jianfeng Gao, Jiawei Han, Weizhu Chen, "Reader-Guided Passage Reranking for Open-Domain Question Answering", Findings of ACL 2021. [paper] [code]
  6. Yuning Mao, Pengcheng He, Xiaodong Liu, Yelong Shen, Jianfeng Gao, Jiawei Han, Weizhu Chen, "Generation-Augmented Retrieval for Open-domain Question Answering", ACL 2021. [paper] [code]
  7. Jieyu Zhang, Xiangchen Song, Ying Zeng, Jiaze Chen, Jiaming Shen, Yuning Mao, Lei Li, “Taxonomy Completion via Triplet Matching Network”, AAAI 2021. [paper] [code]
  8. Yuning Mao, Xiang Ren, Heng Ji, Jiawei Han, "Constrained Abstractive Summarization: Preserving Factual Consistency with Constrained Generation", arXiv 2020. [paper] [code]
  9. Yuning Mao, Yanru Qu, Yiqing Xie, Xiang Ren and Jiawei Han, "Multi-document Summarization with Maximal Marginal Relevance-guided Reinforcement Learning", EMNLP 2020. [paper] [code]
  10. Deren Lei, Gangrong Jiang, Xiaotao Gu, Kexuan Sun, Yuning Mao and Xiang Ren, “Learning Collaborative Agents with Rule Guidance for Knowledge Graph Reasoning”, EMNLP 2020. [paper] [code]
  11. Yuning Mao, Tong Zhao, Andrey Kan, Chenwei Zhang, Xin Luna Dong, Christos Faloutsos and Jiawei Han, "Octet: Online Catalog Taxonomy Enrichment with Self-Supervision", KDD 2020. [paper] [video]
  12. Yuning Mao, Liyuan Liu, Qi Zhu, Xiang Ren, Jiawei Han, "Facet-Aware Evaluation for Extractive Summarization", ACL 2020. [paper] [code]
  13. Xiaotao Gu, Yuning Mao, Jiawei Han, Jialu Liu, You Wu, Cong Yu, Daniel Finnie, Hongkun Yu, Jiaqi Zhai, Nicholas Zukoski, "Generating Representative Headlines for News Stories", WWW 2020. [paper] [code]
  14. Yuning Mao, Jingjing Tian, Jiawei Han and Xiang Ren, "Hierarchical Text Classification with Reinforced Label Assignment", EMNLP 2019. [paper] [code]
  15. Yuning Mao, Xiang Ren, Jiaming Shen, Xiaotao Gu and Jiawei Han, "End-to-End Reinforcement Learning for Automatic Taxonomy Induction", ACL 2018. [paper] [code]

Selected Experience

    [Work Experience@LinkedIn]
  • Facebook
    Research Intern, AI Integrity & FAIR
    Manager: Hao Ma, Hosts: Madian Khabsa & Scott Yih
    May 2021 -- Dec 2021
    Task: Efficient Tuning of Pre-trained Language Models

  • Microsoft
    Research Intern, D365 AI & MSR
    Managers: Weizhu Chen & Jianfeng Gao, Hosts: Pengcheng He, Xiaodong Liu, Yelong Shen
    May 2020 -- May 2021
    Task: Open-Domain Question Answering

  • Amazon
    Research Intern, Product Graph Team
    Manager: Luna Dong, Host: Tong Zhao
    May 2019 -- Oct 2019
    Task: Taxonomy Construction

  • Microsoft
    Research Intern, MSR Asia
    Manager: Jun Yan, Host: Dawei Zhang
    Sept 2016 -- Feb 2017
    Task: Relation Extraction

  1. Yunni & Maxine Pao Memorial Fellowship 2021-2022
  2. KDD'20 Student Registration Award 2020
  3. China National Scholarship (twice, top 2 within major) 2015-2017
  4. Academic Excellence Scholarship of SJTU (rank 1/72 for 3 of 6 semesters) 2014-2017
  5. First Prize in RoboCup China (top 2 team) 2014, 2015