Welcome to Qiang’s Website

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This is Qiang /chee ung/. I’m currently an applied scientist on the Alexa Search team at Amazon. I was a research scientist on the AllenNLP team at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) after I spent three wonderful years as a Ph.D. student in the Cognitive Computation Group (CogComp), advised by Prof. Dan Roth. Prior to that, I got my master’s degree from UIUC and bachelor’s degrees from Tsinghua. My research interests include natural language understanding and learning from indirect supervision. Please find my CV here.


  • 2016-2019: Ph.D. in Natural Language Processing, UIUC [Thesis]
  • 2017: Visiting student, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2013-2016: Master in Signal Processing and Biomedical Imaging, UIUC [Thesis]
  • 2012: Summer student intern, University of Southern California
  • 2010-2013: Bachelor of Economics, Tsinghua University
  • 2009-2013: Bachelor in Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University

Work Experience

  • Applied Scientist, Alexa AI, Amazon, Boston, MA, 2020 —
  • Research Scientist, AllenNLP, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Irvine, CA, 2019 — 2020
  • Machine Learning Intern, Ads Ranking, Facebook, Seattle, WA, Summer 2017
  • Research Intern, Computational Behavior Group in ISI, USC, Los Angeles, CA, Summer 2012
  • Research Intern, Mobile and Sensing Systems Group, MSRA, Beijing, Spring 2012

Teaching Experience

  • TA for Machine Learning (CS446), Spring 2017
  • TA for Introduction to Computing (ECE120), Fall 2016

Awards & Honors

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students for ECE120 2017
The YEE Fellowship, College of Engineering 2015-2016
Finalist for the Best Paper Award, IEEE ISBI 2015
National Scholarship, Academic Excellence Scholarship, Tsinghua University 2010-2012
First Prize in National Physics Olympiad, Shaanxi Province, China 2008


Working from home…

“first name initial” “last name” at amazon dot com