Heng Ji

Edward P. Hamilton Development Chair Professor, Computer Science

Heng Ji is Edward P. Hamilton Development Chair Professor in Computer Science Department of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She received her B.A. and M. A. in Computational Linguistics from Tsinghua University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University. Her research interests focus on Natural Language Processing and its connections with Data Mining, Social Science and Vision. She was selected as "Young Scientist" and a member of the Global Future Council on the Future of Computing by the World Economic Forum in 2016 and 2017. She received "AI's 10 to Watch" Award by IEEE Intelligent Systems in 2013, NSF CAREER award in 2009, Google Research Awards in 2009 and 2014, Sloan Junior Faculty Award in 2012, IBM Watson Faculty Award in 2012 and 2014, Bosch Research Awards in 2015, 2016 and 2017, PACLIC2012 Best Paper Runner-up, "Best of SDM2013" paper, "Best of ICDM2013" paper . She is the task leader of the U.S. ARL projects on information fusion and knowledge networks construction. She is also leading the Tinker Bell team that consists of seven universities under DARPA DEFT program. She coordinated the NIST TAC Knowledge Base Population task since 2010, served as the Program Committee Chair of NAACL2018, NLPCC2015 and CSCKG2016,  ACL2017 Demo Co-Chair, the Information Extraction area chair for NAACL2012, ACL2013, EMNLP2013, NLPCC2014, EMNLP2015, NAACL2016 and ACL2016, the vice Program Committee Chair for IEEE/WIC/ACM WI2013 and CCL2015, Content Analysis Track Chair of WWW2015, and the Financial Chair of IJCAI2016. Her research is funded by the U.S. government (NSF, ARL, DARPA, IARPA, AFRL and DHS) and industry (Bosch, Google, IBM and Disney).


B.A. and M.A. Computational Linguistics, Tsinghua University; M.S. and Ph.D. Computer Science, New York University

Research Focus
  • Natural Language Processing
Select Works
  • Xiaoman Pan, Taylor Cassidy, Ulf Hermjakob, Heng Ji and Kevin Knight. 2015. Unsupervised Entity Linking with Abstract Meaning Representation. Proc. the 2015 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics – Human Language Technologies (NAACL-HLT 2015).
  • Qi Li and Heng Ji. 2014. Incremental Joint Extraction of Entity Mentions and Relations. Proc. the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL2014).
  • Xiaoman Pan, Boliang Zhang, Jonathan May, Joel Nothman, Kevin Knight and Heng Ji. 2017. Cross-lingual Name Tagging and Linking for 282 Languages. Proc. the 55th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL2017).
  • Lifu Huang, Taylor Cassidy, Xiaocheng Feng, Heng Ji, Clare R. Voss, Jiawei Han and Avirup Sil. 2016. Liberal Event Extraction and Event Schema Induction. Proc. the 54th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL2016)