Qingyao Ai


Assistant Professor

School of Computing

University of Utah

50 Central Campus Dr,

Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Office: MEB 2172

Lab: MEB 4110

Email: aiqy[at]cs[dot]utah[dot]edu

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Qingyao Ai, Assistant Professor at School of Computing, University of Utah.

My research mainly focuses on Information Retrieval and Machine Learning related topics. Currently I'm working on applying machine learning techniques on IR problems including ad-hoc retrieval, product search/recommendation and learning to rank.

I got my MS/Ph.D degree from College of Information and Computer Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst, advised by Prof. W. Bruce Croft in the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR). And I got my bachelor degree from Dept. Computer Science & Technology, Tsinghua University, and finished my undergraduate thesis project in THUIR lab, advised by Prof. Yiqun Liu.


  • University of Utah, Tenure-track Assistant Professor. Salt Lake City, UT, USA, Aug. 2019 - now

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Research Assistant in CIIR, advised by Prof. W. Bruce Croft. Amherst, MA, USA, Sept. 2014 - Jul. 2019

  • Amazon Search, Data scientist Intern, mentored by Danial Hill and S. V. N. Vishwanathan, Palo Alto, CA, USA, May 2018 - Aug. 2018

  • Google Research, Ph.D. Intern, mentored by Xuanhui Wang, Nadav Golbandi and Michael Bendersky, CA, USA, Jun. 2017 - Sept. 2017

  • Microsoft Research, Research Intern in CLUES, mentored by Susan Dumais and Nick Craswell. Redmond, WA, USA, Jun. 2015 - Sept. 2015

  • Tsinghua University, undergraduate thesis project in THUIR lab, advised by Prof. Yiqun Liu. Beijing, China, Sept. 2012 - Jun. 2014


  • Google Research Scholar Award

  • PI, NSF IIS-2007907

  • Research Gift from Amazon A9, 2017

  • UMass CICS Accomplishments in Search & Mining Awards, 2017

  • Ph.D. Qualifying Exam (Portfolio) passed with distinction, 2016

  • Outstanding Bachelor Graduate of Beijing (top 1%), 2014

  • Outstanding Bachelor Graduate of Tsinghua (top 10%), 2014

  • Excellent Undergraduate Thesis Award (top 4), 2014

  • Tsinghua Laboratory Contribution Award, Third Prize, 2014

  • Tsinghua Zhong Shi-Mo Scholarship (the highest award for students in Dept. CS&T, top 1), 2012


  • Area Chair

    • NAACL-HLT 2021

  • Senior PC Member:

    • CIKM 2020/2021

  • Session Chair

    • CIKM 2019

    • ICTIR 2021

  • PC Member:

    • SIGIR

    • WWW

    • CIKM

    • ACL

    • AAAI

    • EMNLP

    • ECIR

    • AIRS

    • CCL

  • Journal Review:

    • TOIS

    • TPAMI

    • JMLR

    • TKDE

    • TOIT

    • IPM

    • IRJ

    • KAIS

    • JASIST