My name is Chen Qu. I am a second year MS/PhD student advised by Prof. W. Bruce Croft at the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR), College of Information and Computer Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst.


  • UMass Amherst, MS/PhD student and Research Assistant at Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR). Advisor: Prof. W. Bruce Croft. Amherst, MA, US, Sept. 2017 - Present.
  • Alibaba Group, Research Intern at AliMe X-Lab. Mentors: Dr. Feng Ji and Dr. Minghui Qiu. Hangzhou, China, May 2018 - Aug. 2018.
  • Tencent, Software Engineer Intern. Shenzhen, China, Jul 2016 - Aug. 2016.


  • Analyzing and Characterizing User Intent in Information-seeking Conversations
    Chen Qu, Liu Yang, W. Bruce Croft, Johanne R Trippas, Yongfeng Zhang, Minghui Qiu. SIGIR 2018. Short Paper. Acceptance rate=30% (98 out of 327). [PDF] [Data] [Poster]

  • Response Ranking with Deep Matching Networks and External Knowledge in Information-seeking Conversation Systems
    Liu Yang, Minghui Qiu, Chen Qu, Jiafeng Guo, Yongfeng Zhang, W. Bruce Croft, Jun Huang, Haiqing Chen. SIGIR 2018. Full Paper. Acceptance rate=21% (86 out of 409). [PDF] [Code] [Data]


  • [May 2018] Joining the AliMe team at Alibaba Group to do a Summer research internship on multi-turn QA and conversational assistants.
  • [Apr. 2018] Two papers accepted by SIGIR 2018.


  • SIGIR Student Travel Grant 2018.


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