Wei Zhao

He is a 2nd-year PhD student at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, in the graudate school of AIPHES, working with Steffer Eger and Iryna Gurevych. He studied his master in Computer Science at University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, worked with Min Yang and Yu Qiao. He studied his bachelor in Linguistics at Fudan University.

He did several research visits in University of Copenhagen, University of Mannheim and Nanyang Technological University, worked with Isabelle Augenstein, Goran Glavaš​ and Erik Cambria

He is co-organizing the 1st Evaluation and Comparison of NLP Systems workshop, co-located in EMNLP2020.

His current research focuses on System Evaluation and Multilinguality, funded by German Research Foundation.

Email: zhao(at)aiphes.tu-darmstadt.de
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Recent Publication

  • On the Limitations of Cross-lingual Encoders as Exposed by Reference-Free Machine Translation Evaluation
    Wei Zhao, Goran Glavaš, Maxime Peyrard, Yang Gao, Robert West, Steffen Eger
    ACL, 2020
    [paper] [review]
  • SUPERT: Towards New Frontiers in Unsupervised Evaluation Metrics for Multi-Document Summarization
    Yang Gao, Wei Zhao, Steffen Eger
    ACL, 2020
    [paper] [review]
  • Evaluating Machine Translation without Human References Using Cross-lingual Encoders
    Wei Zhao, Yang Gao, Steffen Eger
    EurNLP, 2019
    [paper] [review]
  • MoverScore: Text Generation Evaluating with Contextualized Embeddings and Earth Mover Distance
    Wei Zhao, Maxime Peyrard, Fei Liu, Yang Gao, Christian M. Meyer, Steffen Eger
    EMNLP, 2019
    [paper] [slides] [review] [code]
  • Towards Scalable and Reliable Capsule Networks for Challenging NLP Applications
    Wei Zhao, Haiyun Peng, Steffen Eger, Erik Cambria, Min Yang
    ACL, 2019
    [paper] [poster] [review] [code]
  • Investigating Capsule Networks with Dynamic Routing for text classification
    Wei Zhao, Jianbo Ye, Min Yang, Zeyang Lei, Suofei Zhang, Zhou Zhao
    EMNLP, 2018
    [paper] [code]

Recent Reward

  • Facebook Travel Award, London, 2019
  • AthNLP Scholarship, Greece, 2019
  • NAACL Outstanding Reviewer, 2019
  • Google Travel Award, Zurich, 2019
  • German PhD Funding, 2018
  • IJCAI Travel Award, 2018


  • Guest Lecture, Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing, TU Darmstadt, 2019

Professional Service

  • Conference Reviewer: SIGIR18, NAACL19, ACL19, EMNLP19, NeurIPS19, CoNLL19, AAAI19
  • Journal Reviewer: IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, Transactions on Asian and Low-Resource Language Information Processing

Hobby and Fun Things

  • Traveling, Books, Learning Language, Music
  • He has an Erdős number of 3 (Paul Erdős → Giuseppe Melfi → Erik Cambria → Wei Zhao)