Feiyu Xu is Vice President of Lenovo Group and Head of AI Lab at Lenovo Research since March 2017. She was Principal Researcher and Head of Research Group Text Analytics in the Language Technology Lab of German Research Center of Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) before she joined Lenovo.
Feiyu Xu studied technical translation at Tongji University in Shanghai from 1987 to 1990. She then studied computational linguistics at Saarland University in Germany from 1992 to 1998 and graduated by receiving a Diplom (MSc) with distinction. Her PhD-Thesis is about mininally supervised machine learning for relation extraction. In 2014, Feiyu Xu has completed a habilitation in big text data analytics. In 2013, Feiyu Xu has won a Google Focused Research Award for Natural Language Understanding. In 2014, Feiyu Xu was honored as DFKI Research Fellow. Her research is documented in almost 100 publications including conference papers for ACL, COLING, EMNLP, CONLL, NAACL, LREC etc. She was area chair of EACL 2017 for text mining, information extraction and question answering and is area chair of ACL 2018 for Information Extraction and Text Mining.
Feiyu Xu was also co-founder and managing director of Yocoy Technologies GmbH, a 2007 spin-off from DFKI. Yocoy is developing next generation mobile language and travel guides.
Since 2004, Dr. Xu is vice-director of the Joint Research Laboratory for Language Technology of Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Saarland University.
She has extensive experience in multilingual information systems, information extraction, text mining, big data analytics, business intelligence, question answering and mobile applications of NLP technologies. She has broad and in-depth experience of the total cycle of innovation in her expert areas, from basic research, to application and development and finally to products and their commercialization.