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Yimai @ EACL 2014
Gothenburg, Sweden

Fang, Yimai

I am a final year PhD student in the Natural Language and Information Processing (NLIP) group at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory. My work on automatic summarisation involves modelling many phenomena central to human's text comprehension process, such as the overlap of participating concepts, and the addition, the representation, and the selection of knowledge in memory. The summarisation project serves as a testbed for a recurrent model of document understanding, which at this stage is best simulated symbolically, but has potential application in other tasks as well. My supervisor is Dr. Simone Teufel.

I received my bachelor's degree in computer science at The University of Hong Kong, with first class honours. Before starting the PhD, I completed the MPhil in Advanced Computer Science here at Cambridge. My work on summarisation stems from my MPhil project, and it leads me towards many NLP problems that are fundamental to an explanatory summarisation model.


  • A Proposition-Based Abstractive Summariser [pdf]
    Yimai Fang, Haoyue Zhu, Ewa Muszyńska, Alexander Kuhnle and Simone Teufel (2016)
    Proceedings of COLING 2016, to appear.
  • Improving Argument Overlap for Proposition-Based Summarisation [bib] [pdf] [corpus] [errata]
    Yimai Fang and Simone Teufel (2016)
    Proceedings of the 54th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Volume 2: Short Papers), pp. 479–485.
  • A Summariser based on Human Memory Limitations and Lexical Competition [bib] [pdf]
    Yimai Fang and Simone Teufel (2014)
    Proceedings of the 14th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, pp. 732–741.


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