Minlie Huang

Minlie Huang(黄民烈)

Full Professor
Department of Computer Science,
Institute for Artificial Intelligence,
Tsinghua University
  • Emailai{my_last_name}@tsinghua.edu.cn
  • Phone+86 - 10 - 62777699
  • OfficeRoom 4-504, FIT Building
  • Address
    Dept. of Computer Science,
    Tsinghua University,
    Beijing 100084, China

About Me

My general interests include artificial intelligence, deep learning, and natural language processing. I am particularly interested in the following fields:

  • Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing

  • Conversational AI (Dialog systems, conversational agents, QA, reading comprehension, etc.)

  • Language Generation or Text Generation (long text, story, data-to-text etc.)

  • Sentiment Understanding, Sentiment/Emotion Analysis, Opinion Mining

  • NLP Applications (Extraction, matching, reasoning, etc.)

I was awarded as Distinguished Young Scholars of National Science Foundation in 2021, and supported by NSFC key projects. 

I am leading a research group named Conversational AI (CoAI, GitHub link), and my group is developing a dialog system toolkit, ConvLab (collaboration with Microsoft, GitHub link). Some research highlights are as follows: 

Recent news

  • My group has 4 long papers accepted by EMNLP 2021

  • My group has 13 papers accepted by ACL(7)/ACL Findings (6) 2021

  • My group won NLPCC 2020 best student paper award, November 2020

  • My group has 7 papers accepted by EMNLP/EMNLP Findings 2020, November 2020

  • My group won SIGDIAL 2020 best paper award, June 2020


Selected Publications

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  • Chujie Zheng, Hao Zhou, Fandong Meng, Jie Zhou, Minlie Huang

    Large Language Models Are Not Robust Multiple Choice SelectorsICLR 2024(Spotlight)

  • Yuxian Gu, Li Dong, Furu Wei, Minlie Huang

    MiniLLM: Knowledge Distillation of Large Language ModelsICLR 2024

  • Haozhe Ji, Pei Ke, Hongning Wang, Minlie Huang

    Language Model Decoding as Direct Metrics OptimizationICLR 2024

  • Zhibin Gou*, Zhihong Shao*, Yeyun Gong, yelong shen, Yujiu Yang, Minlie Huang, Nan Duan, Weizhu Chen

    ToRA: A Tool-Integrated Reasoning Agent for Mathematical Problem SolvingICLR 2024

  • Jian Guan, Jesse Dodge, David Wadden, Minlie Huang, Hao Peng

    Language Models Hallucinate, but May Excel at Fact VerificationNAACL 2024

  • Zhuang Chen, Jiawen Deng, Jinfeng Zhou, Jincenzi Wu, Tieyun Qian, Minlie Huang

    Depression Detection in Clinical Interviews with LLM-Empowered Structural Element GraphNAACL 2024

  • Haozhe Ji, Cheng Lu, Yilin Niu, Pei Ke, Hongning Wang, Jun Zhu, Jie Tang, Minlie Huang

    Towards Efficient and Exact Optimization of Language Model AlignmentICML 2024

  • Chujie Zheng, Fan Yin, Hao Zhou, Fandong Meng, Jie Zhou, Kai-Wei Chang, Minlie Huang, Nanyun Peng

    On Prompt-Driven Safeguarding for Large Language ModelsICML 2024

  • Jiale Cheng, Xiao Liu, Kehan Zheng, Pei Ke, Hongning Wang, Yuxiao Dong, Jie Tang, Minlie Huang

    Black-Box Prompt Optimization: Aligning Large Language Models without Model TrainingACL 2024

  • Pei Ke, Bosi Wen, Zhuoer Feng, Xiao Liu, Xuanyu Lei, Jiale Cheng, Shengyuan Wang, Aohan Zeng, Yuxiao Dong, Hongning Wang, Jie Tang, Minlie Huang

    CritiqueLLM: Towards an Informative Critique Generation Model for Evaluation of Large Language Model GenerationACL 2024

  • Jiaxin Wen, Ruiqi Zhong, Pei Ke, Zhihong Shao, Hongning Wang, Minlie Huang

    Scalable Oversight by Learning Decomposition From Human Feedback: A Case Study in Competitive ProgrammingACL 2024

  • Zhexin Zhang, Leqi Lei, Lindong Wu, Rui Sun, Yongkang Huang, Chong Long, Xiao Liu, Xuanyu Lei, Jie Tang, Minlie Huang

    SafetyBench: Evaluating the Safety of Large Language ModelsACL 2024

  • Zhexin Zhang, Junxiao Yang, Pei Ke, Fei Mi, Hongning Wang, Minlie Huang

    Defending Large Language Models Against Jailbreaking Attacks Through Goal PrioritizationACL 2024

  • Sahand Sabour, Siyang Liu, Zheyuan Zhang, June M. Liu, Jinfeng Zhou, Alvionna S. Sunaryo, Juanzi Li, Tatia M.C. Lee, Rada Mihalcea, Minlie Huang

    EmoBench: Evaluation the Emotional Intelligence of Large Language ModelsACL 2024

  • Zhuang Chen, Jincenzi Wu, Jinfeng Zhou, Bosi Wen, Guanqun Bi, Gongyao Jiang, Yaru Cao, Mengting Hu, Yonghui Li, Zexuan Xiong, Minlie Huang

    ToMBench: Benchmarking Theory of Mind in Large Language ModelsACL 2024

  • Jincenzi Wu, Zhuang Chen, Jiawen Deng, Sahand Sabour, Helen Meng, Minlie Huang

    COKE: A Cognitive Knowledge Graph for Machine Theory of MindACL 2024

  • Qi Zhu, Fei Mi, Zheng Zhang, Yasheng Wang, Yitong Li, Xin Jiang, Qun Liu, Xiaoyan Zhu, Minlie Huang

    KPT: Keyword-guided Pre-training for Grounded Dialog GenerationAAAI 2023

  • Jian Guan, Zhenyu Yang, Rongsheng Zhang, Zhipeng Hu, Minlie Huang

    Generating Coherent Narratives by Learning Dynamic and Discrete Entity States with a Contrastive FrameworkAAAI 2023

  • Haozhe Ji, Pei Ke, Zhipeng Hu, Rongsheng Zhang, Minlie Huang

    Tailoring Language Generation Models under Total Variation DistanceICLR 2023

  • Yilin Niu, Fei Huang, Wei Liu, Jianwei Cui, Bin Wang, Minlie Huang

    Bridging the Gap between Synthetic and Natural Questions via Sentence Decomposition for Semantic ParsingTACL 2023

  • Fei Huang, Pei Ke, Minlie Huang

    Directed acyclic transformer pre-training for high-quality non-autoregressive text generationTACL 2023

  • Yuxian Gu; Jiaxin Wen; Hao Sun; Yi Song; Pei Ke; Chujie Zheng; Zheng Zhang; Jianzhu Yao; Lei Liu; Xiaoyan Zhu; Minlie Huang

    EVA2.0: Investigating Open-domain Chinese Dialogue Systems with Large-scale Pre-trainingMachine Intelligence Research

  • SahandSabour, WenZhang, XiyaoXiao, YuweiZhang, YinheZheng, JiaxinWen, JialuZhao, MinlieHuang

    A chatbot for mental health support: exploring the impact of Emohaa on reducing mental distress in ChinaFrontiers in Digital Health

  • Zhihong Shao, Yeyun Gong, Yelong Shen, Minlie Huang, Nan Duan, Weizhu Chen

    Synthetic Prompting: Generating Chain-of-Thought Demonstrations for Large Language ModelsICML 2023

  • Zhexin Zhang, Jiaxin Wen, Minlie Huang

    Ethicist: Targeted Training Data Extraction Through Loss Smoothed Soft Prompting and Calibrated Confidence EstimationACL 2023

  • Pei Ke, Fei Huang, Fei Mi, Yasheng Wang, Qun Liu, Xiaoyan Zhu, Minlie Huang

    DecompEval: Evaluating Generated Texts as Unsupervised Decomposed Question AnsweringACL 2023

  • Hao Sun, Zhexin Zhang, Fei Mi, Yasheng Wang, Wei Liu, Jianwei Cui, Bin Wang, Qun Liu, Minlie Huang

    MoralDial: A Framework to Train and Evaluate Moral Dialogue Systems via Moral DiscussionsACL 2023

  • Jinfeng Zhou, Chujie Zheng, Bo Wang, Zheng Zhang, Minlie Huang

    CASE: Aligning Coarse-to-Fine Cognition and Affection for Empathetic Response GenerationACL 2023

  • Jinfeng Zhou, Zhuang Chen, Bo Wang, Minlie Huang

    Facilitating Multi-turn Emotional Support Conversation with Positive Emotion Elicitation: A Reinforcement Learning ApproachACL 2023

  • Yuxian Gu, Li Dong, Furu Wei, Minlie Huang

    Pre-Training to Learn in ContextACL 2023

  • Xuekai Zhu, Jian Guan, Minlie Huang, Juan Liu

    StoryTrans: Non-Parallel Story Author-Style Transfer with Discourse Representations and Content EnhancingACL 2023

  • Chujie Zheng, Pei Ke, Zheng Zhang, Minlie Huang

    Click: Controllable Text Generation with Sequence Likelihood Contrastive LearningFindings of ACL 2023

  • Chujie Zheng, Sahand Sabour, Jiaxin Wen, Zheng Zhang, Minlie Huang

    AugESC: Dialogue Augmentation with Large Language Models for Emotional Support ConversationFindings of ACL 2023

  • Jiale Cheng, Sahand Sabour, Hao Sun, Zhuang Chen, Minlie Huang

    PAL: Persona-Augmented Emotional Support Conversation GenerationFindings of ACL 2023

  • Jian Guan, Minlie Huang

    Mitigating the Learning Bias towards Repetition by Self-Contrastive Training for Open-Ended GenerationShort Findings of ACL 2023

  • Zhexin Zhang, Jian Guan, Xin Cui, Yu Ran, Bo Liu, Minlie Huang

    Self-Supervised Sentence Polishing by Adding Engaging ModifiersACL-DEMO 2023

  • Jiawen Deng, Zhuang Chen, Hao Sun, Zhexin Zhang, Jincenzi Wu, Satoshi Nakagawa, Fuji Ren, Minlie Huang

    Enhancing Offensive Language Detection with Data Augmentation and Knowledge DistillationResearch 2023

  • Jiaxin Wen, Pei Ke, Hao Sun, Zhexin Zhang, Chengfei Li, Jinfeng Bai, Minlie Huang

    Unveiling the Implicit Toxicity in Large Language ModelsEMNLP 2023

  • Jiaxin Wen, Hao Zhou, Jian Guan, Jie Zhou, Minlie Huang

    Re3 Dial:Retrieve, Reorganize and Rescale Conversations for Long-Turn Open-Domain Dialogue Pre-trainingEMNLP 2023

  • Qi Zhu, Zheng Zhang, Xiaoyan Zhu, Minlie Huang

    Building Multi-domain Dialog State Trackers from Single-domain DialogsEMNLP 2023

  • Siyang Liu, Naihao Deng, Sahand Sabour, Yilin Jia, Minlie Huang, Rada Mihalcea

    Enhancing Long-form Text Generation in Mental Health with Task-adaptive TokenizationEMNLP 2023

  • Yuanxi Li, Hao Zhou, Jie Zhou, Minlie Huang

    Multi-Source Probing for Open-Domain Conversational UnderstandingEMNLP 2023

  • Zhihong Shao, Yeyun Gong, yelong shen, Minlie Huang, Nan Duan, Weizhu Chen

    Enhancing Retrieval-Augmented Large Language Models with Iterative Retrieval-Generation SynergyFindings of EMNLP 2023

  • Zhexin Zhang, Jiale Cheng, Hao Sun, Jiawen Deng, Minlie Huang

    InstructSafety: A Unified Framework for Building Multidimensional and Explainable Safety Detector through Instruction TuningFindings of EMNLP 2023

  • Sahand Sabour, Chujie Zheng, Minlie Huang

    CEM: Commonsense-aware Empathetic Response GenerationAAAI 2022

    [pdf] [github]
  • Zhihong Shao, Zhongqin Wu, Minlie Huang

    AdvExpander: Generating Natural Language Adversarial Examples by Expanding TextIEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing

  • Jian Guan, Zhuoer Feng, Yamei Chen, Ruilin He, Xiaoxi Mao, Changjie Fan, Minlie Huang

    LOT: A Story-Centric Benchmark for Evaluating Chinese Long Text Understanding and GenerationTACL 2022

    [pdf] [github]
  • Pei Ke, Hao Zhou, Yankai Lin, Peng Li, Jie Zhou, Xiaoyan Zhu, Minlie Huang

    CTRLEval: An Unsupervised Reference-Free Metric for Evaluating Controlled Text GenerationACL 2022 (Long Paper)

  • Qi Zhu, Bing Li, Fei Mi, Xiaoyan Zhu, Minlie Huang

    Continual Prompt Tuning for Dialog State TrackingACL 2022 (Long Paper)

  • Zhihong Shao, Minlie Huang

    Answering Open-Domain Multi-Answer Questions via a Recall-then-Verify FrameworkACL 2022 (Long Paper)

  • Yuxian Gu, Xu Han, Zhiyuan Liu, Minlie Huang

    PPT: Pre-trained Prompt Tuning for Few-shot LearningACL 2022 (Long Paper)

  • Siyang Liu, Sahand Sabour, Yinhe Zheng, Pei Ke, Xiaoyan Zhu, Minlie Huang

    Rethinking and Refining the Distinct MetricACL 2022 (Short Paper)

  • Hao Sun, Guangxuan Xu, Jiawen Deng, Jiale Cheng, Chujie Zheng, Hao Zhou, Nanyun Peng, Xiaoyan Zhu, Minlie Huang

    On the Safety of Conversational Models: Taxonomy, Dataset, and BenchmarkFindings of ACL 2022

  • Silin Gao; Ryuichi Takanobu; Antoine Bosselut; Minlie Huang

    End-to-End Task-Oriented Dialog Modeling with Semi-Structured Knowledge ManagementIEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing

  • Jian Guan, Ziqi Liu, Minlie Huang

    A Corpus for Understanding and Generating Moral StoriesNAACL 2022

    [pdf] [github]
  • Haozhe Ji, Rongsheng Zhang, Zhenyu Yang, Zhipeng Hu, Minlie Huang

    LaMemo: Language Modeling with Look-Ahead MemoryNAACL 2022

    [pdf] [github]
  • Zhexin Zhang, Jiaxin Wen, Jian Guan, Minlie Huang

    Persona-Guided Planning for Controlling the Protagonist’s Persona in Story GenerationNAACL 2022

    [pdf] [github]
  • Pei Ke, Haozhe Ji, Zhenyu Yang, Yi Huang, Junlan Feng, Xiaoyan Zhu, Minlie Huang

    Curriculum-Based Self-Training Makes Better Few-Shot Learners for Data-to-Text GenerationIJCAI 2022

    [pdf] [github]
  • Fei Huang, Tianhua Tao, Hao Zhou, Lei Li, Minlie Huang

    On the Learning of Non-Autoregressive TransformersICML 2022

  • Fei Huang, Hao Zhou, Yang Liu, Hang Li, Minlie Huang

    Directed Acyclic Transformer for Non-Autoregressive Machine TranslationICML2022

    [pdf] [github]
  • Jiawen Deng, Jingyan Zhou, Hao Sun, Chujie Zheng, Fei Mi, Helen Meng, Minlie Huang

    COLD: A Benchmark for Chinese Offensive Language DetectionEMNLP 2022

    [pdf] [github]
  • Yuxian Gu, Pei Ke, Xiaoyan Zhu, Minlie Huang

    Learning Instructions with Unlabeled Data for Zero-Shot Cross-Task GeneralizationEMNLP 2022

    [pdf] [github]
  • Chujie Zheng, Jinfeng Zhou, Yinhe Zheng, Libiao Peng, Zhen Guo, Wenquan Wu, Zhengyu Niu, Hua Wu, Minlie Huang

    CDConv: A Benchmark for Contradiction Detection in Chinese ConversationsEMNLP 2022

    [pdf] [github]
  • Dazhen Wan, Zheng Zhang, Qi Zhu, Lizi Liao, Minlie Huang

    A Unified Dialogue User Simulator for Few-shot Data AugmentationFindings of EMNLP 2022

  • Jiaxin Wen, Yeshuang Zhu, Jinchao Zhang, Jie Zhou, Minlie Huang

    AutoCAD: Automatically Generate Counterfactuals for Mitigating Shortcut LearningFindings of EMNLP 2022

  • Zhihong Shao, Fei Huang, Minlie Huang

    Chaining Simultaneous Thoughts for Numerical ReasoningFindings of EMNLP 2022

  • Zhexin Zhang, Jiale Cheng, Hao Sun, Jiawen Deng, Fei Mi, Yasheng Wang, Lifeng Shang, Minlie Huang

    Constructing Highly Inductive Contexts for Dialogue Safety through Controllable Reverse GenerationFindings of EMNLP 2022

  • Zhexin Zhang, Jian Guan, Guowei Xu, Yixiang Tian and Minlie Huang

    Automatic Comment Generation for Chinese Student Narrative EssaysEMNLP 2022 (demo)

  • Siyang Liu, Chujie Zheng, Orianna Demasi, Sahand Sabour, Yu Li, Zhou Yu, Yong Jiang, Minlie Huang

    Towards Emotional Support Dialogue SystemsACL 2021 (Long Paper)

    [pdf] [github]
  • Yilin Niu, Fei Huang, Jiaming Liang, Wenkai Chen, Xiaoyan Zhu, Minlie Huang

    A Semantic-based Method for Unsupervised Commonsense Question AnsweringACL 2021 (Long Paper)

  • Jiexi Liu, Ryuichi Takanobu, Jiaxin Wen, Dazhen Wan, Hongguang Li, Weiran Nie, Cheng Li, Wei Peng, Minlie Huang

    Robustness Testing of Language Understanding in Task-Oriented DialogACL 2021 (Long Paper)

    [pdf] [github]
  • Jian Guan, Zhexin Zhang, Zhuoer Feng, Zitao Liu, Wenbiao Ding, Xiaoxi Mao, Changjie Fan, Minlie Huang

    OpenMEVA: A Benchmark for Evaluating Open-ended Story Generation MetricsACL 2021 (Long Paper)

    [pdf] [github]
  • Jian Guan, Xiaoxi Mao, changjie fan, Zitao Liu, Wenbiao Ding, Minlie Huang

    Long Text Generation by Modeling Sentence-Level and Discourse-Level CoherenceACL 2021 (Long Paper)

    [pdf] [github]
  • Zhihong Shao, Lifeng Shang, Qun Liu, Minlie Huang

    A Mutual Information Maximization Approach for the Spurious Solution Problem in Weakly Supervised Question AnsweringACL 2021 (Long Paper)

  • Yida Wang, Yinhe Zheng, Yong Jiang, Minlie Huang

    Diversifying Dialog Generation via Adaptive Label SmoothingACL 2021 (Long Paper)

    [pdf] [github]
  • Chujie Zheng, Yong Liu, Wei Chen, Yongcai Leng, Minlie Huang

    CoMAE: A Multi-factor Hierarchical Framework for Empathetic Response GenerationFindings of ACL 2021 (Long Paper)

    [pdf] [github]
  • Hao Sun, Zhenru Lin, Chujie Zheng, Siyang Liu, Minlie Huang

    PsyQA: A Chinese Dataset for Generating Long Counseling Text for Mental Health SupportFindings of ACL 2021 (Long Paper)

  • Silin Gao, Ryuichi Takanobu, Wei Peng, Qun Liu, Minlie Huang

    HyKnow: End-to-End Task-Oriented Dialog Modeling with Hybrid Knowledge ManagementFindings of ACL 2021 (Long Paper)

    [pdf] [github]
  • Xiangzhe Kong, Jialiang Huang, Ziquan Tung, Jian Guan, Minlie Huang

    Stylized Story Generation with Style-Guided PlanningFindings of ACL 2021 (Short Paper)

  • Fei Huang, Zikai Chen, Chen Henry Wu, Qihan Guo, Xiaoyan Zhu, Minlie Huang

    NAST: A Non-Autoregressive Generator with Word Alignment for Unsupervised Text Style TransferFindings of ACL 2021 (Long Paper)

  • Pei Ke, Haozhe Ji, Yu Ran, Xin Cui, Liwei Wang, Linfeng Song, Xiaoyan Zhu, Minlie Huang

    JointGT: Graph-Text Joint Representation Learning for Text Generation from Knowledge GraphsFindings of ACL 2021 (Long Paper)

    [pdf] [github]
  • Fei Mi, Wanhao Zhou, Fengyu Cai, Lingjing Kong, Minlie Huang, Boi Faltings

    Self-training Improves Pre-training for Few-shot Learning in Task-oriented Dialog SystemsEMNLP 2021(Long Paper)

  • Chen Henry Wu, Yinhe Zheng, Xiaoxi Mao, Minlie Huang

    Transferable Persona-Grounded Dialogues via Grounded Minimal EditsEMNLP 2021(Long Paper)

    [pdf] [github]
  • Haozhe Ji, Minlie Huang

    DiscoDVT: Generating Long Text with Discourse-Aware Discrete Variational TransformerEMNLP 2021(Long Paper)

    [pdf] [github]
  • Wenchang Ma, Ryuichi Takanobu, Minlie Huang

    CR-Walker: Tree-Structured Graph Reasoning and Dialog Acts for Conversational RecommendationEMNLP 2021(Long Paper)

    [pdf] [github]
  • Hao Zhou, Minlie Huang, Yong Liu, Wei Chen, Xiaoyan Zhu

    EARL: Informative Knowledge-Grounded Conversation Generation with Entity-Agnostic Representation LearningEMNLP 2021(Long Paper)

  • Qi Zhu, Yuxian Gu, Lingxiao Luo, Bing Li, Cheng Li, Wei Peng, Minlie Huang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    When does Further Pre-training MLM Help? An Empirical Study on Task-Oriented Dialog Pre-trainingEMNLP 2021(The Second Workshop on Insights from Negative Results in NLP)

  • Runze Liang, Ryuichi Takanobu, Fenglin Li, Ji Zhang, Haiqing Chen, Minlie Huang

    Turn-Level User Satisfaction Estimation in E-commerce Customer ServiceECNLP 2021

  • Yida Wang, Pei Ke, Yinhe Zheng, Kaili Huang, Yong Jiang, Xiaoyan Zhu, Minlie Huang

    A Large-Scale Chinese Short-Text Conversation DatasetNLPCC 2020 (Best Student Paper)

    [pdf] [bib] [github]
  • Ryuichi Takanobu, Qi Zhu, Jinchao Li, Baolin Peng, Jianfeng Gao, Minlie Huang

    Is Your Goal-Oriented Dialog Model Performing Really Well? Empirical Analysis of System-wise EvaluationSIGDIAL 2020 (Best Paper)

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Ryuichi Takanobu, Runze Liang, Minlie Huang

    Multi-Agent Task-Oriented Dialog Policy Learning with Role-Aware Reward DecompositionACL 2020

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Hao Zhou, Chujie Zheng, Kaili Huang, Minlie Huang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    KdConv: A Chinese Multi-domain Dialogue Dataset Towards Multi-turn Knowledge-driven ConversationACL 2020

    [pdf] [bib] [github]
  • Yilin Niu, Fangkai Jiao, Mantong Zhou, Ting Yao, Jingfang Xu, Minlie Huang

    A Self-Training Method for Machine Reading Comprehension with Soft Evidence ExtractionACL 2020

    [pdf] [bib] [github]
  • Qi Zhu, Zheng Zhang, Yan Fang, Xiang Li, Ryuichi Takanobu, Jinchao Li, Baolin Peng, Jianfeng Gao, Xiaoyan Zhu, Minlie Huang

    ConvLab-2: An Open-Source Toolkit for Building, Evaluating, and Diagnosing Dialogue SystemsACL 2020 (Demo Paper)

    [pdf] [bib] [github]
  • Pei Ke, Haozhe Ji, Siyang Liu, Xiaoyan Zhu, Minlie Huang

    SentiLARE: Sentiment-Aware Language Representation Learning with Linguistic KnowledgeEMNLP 2020 (Long Paper)

    [pdf] [bib] [github]
  • Jian Guan, Minlie Huang

    UNION: An Unreferenced Metric for Evaluating Open-ended Story GenerationEMNLP 2020 (Long Paper)

    [pdf] [bib] [github]
  • Haozhe Ji, Pei Ke, Shaohan Huang, Furu Wei, Xiaoyan Zhu, Minlie Huang

    Language Generation with Multi-Hop Reasoning on Commonsense Knowledge GraphEMNLP 2020 (Long Paper)

    [pdf] [bib] [github]
  • Rongsheng Zhang, Yinhe Zheng, Jianzhi Shao, Xiaoxi Mao, Yadong Xi, Minlie Huang

    Dialogue Distillation: Open-domain Dialogue Augmentation Using Unpaired DataEMNLP 2020 (Long Paper)

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Chujie Zheng, Yunbo Cao, Daxin Jiang, Minlie Huang

    Difference-aware Knowledge Selection for Knowledge-grounded Conversation GenerationFindings of EMNLP 2020 (Long Paper)

    [pdf] [bib] [github]
  • Haozhe Ji, Pei Ke, Shaohan Huang, Furu Wei, Minlie Huang

    Generating Commonsense Explanation by Extracting Bridge ConceptsAACL 2020 (Long Paper)

    [pdf] [bib] [github]
  • Yinhe Zheng, Rongsheng Zhang, Xiaoxi Mao, Minlie Huang

    A Pre-training Based Personalized Dialogue Generation Model with Persona-sparse DataAAAI 2020

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Minlie Huang, Xiaoyan Zhu, Jianfeng Gao

    Challenges in Building Intelligent Open-domain Dialog SystemsTOIS 2020, 38(3): 1-32

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Jian Guan, Fei Huang, Zhihao Zhao, Minlie Huang

    A Knowledge-Enhanced Pretraining Model for Commonsense Story GenerationTACL 2020

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Qi Zhu, Kaili Huang, Zheng Zhang, Xiaoyan Zhu, Minlie Huang

    CrossWOZ: A Large-Scale Chinese Cross-Domain Task-Oriented Dialogue DatasetTACL 2020

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Mantong Zhou, Minlie Huang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Robust Reading Comprehension with Linguistic Constraints via Posterior RegularizationIEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing, 2020, 28: 2500-2510

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Yinhe Zheng, Guanyi Chen, Minlie Huang

    Out-of-domain Detection for Natural Language Understanding in Dialog SystemsIEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing, 2020, 28: 1198-1209

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Zheng Zhang, Lizi Liao, Xiaoyan Zhu, Tat-Seng Chua, Zitao Liu, Yan Huang, Minlie Huang

    Learning Goal-oriented Dialogue Policy with Opposite Agent AwarenessAACL 2020

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Fei Mi, Liangwei Chen, Mengjie Zhao, Minlie Huang, Boi Faltings

    Continual Learning for Natural Language Generation in Task-oriented Dialog SystemsFindings of EMNLP (Long Paper)

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Zhouxing Shi, Minlie Huang

    Robustness to Modification with Shared Words in Paraphrase IdentificationFindings of EMNLP 2020 (Short Paper)

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Rongsheng Zhang, Xiaoxi Mao, Le Li, Lin Jiang, Lin Chen, Zhiwei Hu, Yadong Xi, Changjie Fan, Minlie Huang

    Youling: an AI-assisted Lyrics Creation SystemEMNLP 2020 (Demo Paper)

  • Sungjin Lee, Qi Zhu, Ryuichi Takanobu, Xiang Li, Yaoqin Zhang, Zheng Zhang, Jinchao Li, Baolin Peng, Xiujun Li, Minlie Huang, Jianfeng Gao

    ConvLab: Multi-Domain End-to-End Dialog System PlatformACL 2019 (Best Demo Paper Nomination)

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Pei Ke, Fei Huang, Minlie Huang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    ARAML: A Stable Adversarial Training Framework for Text GenerationEMNLP 2019

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Ryuichi Takanobu, Hanlin Zhu, Minlie Huang

    Guided Dialog Policy Learning: Reward Estimation for Multi-Domain Task-Oriented DialogEMNLP 2019

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Zhihong Shao, Minlie Huang, Jiangtao Wen, Wenfei Xu, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Long and Diverse Text Generation with Planning-based Hierarchical Variational ModelEMNLP 2019

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Fei Mi, Minlie Huang, Jiyong Zhang, Boi Faltings

    Meta-Learning for Low-resource Natural Language Generation in Task-oriented Dialogue SystemsIJCAI 2019

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Chen Cui, Wenjie Wang, Xuemeng Song, Minlie Huang, Xin-Shun Xu, Liqiang Nie

    User Attention-guided Multimodal Dialog SystemsSIGIR 2019

  • Chujie Zheng, Minlie Huang, Aixin Sun

    ChID: A Large-scale Chinese IDiom Dataset for Cloze TestACL 2019

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Hao Zhou, Minlie Huang, Yishun Mao, Changlei Zhu, Peng Shu, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Domain-Constrained Advertising Keyword GenerationWWW 2019

  • Ryuichi Takanobu, Tao Zhuang, Minlie Huang, Jun Feng, Haihong Tang, Bo Zheng

    Aggregating E-commerce Search Results from Heterogeneous Sources via Hierarchical Reinforcement LearningWWW 2019

  • Yequan Wang, Aixin Sun, Minlie Huang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Aspect-level Sentiment Analysis using AS-CapsulesWWW 2019

  • Zheng Zhang, Lizi Liao, Minlie Huang, Xiaoyan Zhu, Tat-Seng Chua

    Neural Multimodal Belief Tracker with Adaptive Attention for Dialogue SystemsWWW 2019

  • Jian Guan, Yansen Wang, Minlie Huang

    Story Ending Generation with Incremental Encoding and Commonsense KnowledgeAAAI 2019

    [pdf] [bib] [github]
  • Ryuichi Takanobu, Tianyang Zhang, Jiexi Liu, Minlie Huang

    A Hierarchical Framework for Relation Extraction with Reinforcement LearningAAAI 2019

    [pdf] [bib] [github]
  • Zhouxing Shi, Minlie Huang

    A Deep Sequential Model for Discourse Parsing on Multi-Party DialoguesAAAI 2019

    [pdf] [bib] [github]
  • Jun Feng, Minlie Huang, Yijie Zhang, Yang Yang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Relation Mention Extraction from Noisy Data with Hierarchical Reinforcement LearningarXiv

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Zheng Zhang, Minlie Huang, Zhongzhou Zhao, Feng Ji, Haiqing Chen, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Memory-augmented Dialogue Management for Task-oriented Dialogue SystemsTOIS 2019, 37(3): 1-30

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Mantong Zhou, Minlie Huang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Story Ending Selection by Finding Hints from Pairwise Candidate EndingsIEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing, 2019, 27(4): 719-729

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Yinhe Zheng, Guanyi Chen, Minlie Huang, Song Liu, Xianchun Zhu

    Persona-aware Dialogue Generation with Enriched ProfileNIPS 2019 (Workshop)

  • Hao Zhou, Tom Yang, Minlie Huang, Haizhou Zhao, Jingfang Xu, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Commonsense Knowledge Aware Conversation Generation with Graph AttentionIJCAI-ECAI 2018 (Distinguished Paper)

    [pdf] [bib] [github]
  • Mantong Zhou, Minlie Huang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    An Interpretable Reasoning Network for Multi-Relation Question AnsweringCOLING 2018

  • Naitong Yu, Jie Zhang, Minlie Huang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    An Operation Network for Abstractive Sentence CompressionCOLING 2018

  • Qiao Qian, Minlie Huang, Haizhou Zhao, Jingfang Xu, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Assigning personality/identity to a chatting machine for coherent conversation generationIJCAI-ECAI 2018

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Ryuichi Takanobu, Minlie Huang, Zhongzhou Zhao, Fenglin Li, Haiqing Chen, Xiaoyan Zhu, Liqiang Nie

    A Weakly Supervised Method for Topic Segmentation and Labeling in Goal-oriented Dialogues via Reinforcement LearningIJCAI-ECAI 2018

    [pdf] [bib] [github]
  • Shiyao Wang, Minlie Huang, Zhidong Deng

    Densely Connected CNN with Multi-scale Feature Attention for Text ClassificationIJCAI-ECAI 2018

    [pdf] [bib] [github]
  • Wenjie Wang, Minlie Huang, Xin-Shun Xu, Fumin Shen, Liqiang Nie

    Chat More: Deepening and Widening the Chatting Topic via A Deep ModelSIGIR 2018

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Pei Ke, Jian Guan, Minlie Huang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Generating Informative Responses with Controlled Sentence FunctionACL 2018

    [pdf] [bib] [github]
  • Yansen Wang, Chenyi Liu, Minlie Huang, Liqiang Nie

    Learning to Ask Questions in Open-domain Conversational Systems with Typed DecodersACL 2018

    [pdf] [bib] [github]
  • Jun Feng, Heng Li, Minlie Huang, Shichen Liu, Wenwu Ou, Zhirong Wang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Learning to Collaborate: Multi-Scenario Ranking via Multi-Agent Reinforcement LearningWWW 2018

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Hao Zhou, Minlie Huang, Tianyang Zhang, Xiaoyan Zhu, Bing Liu

    Emotional Chatting Machine: Emotional Conversation Generation with Internal and External MemoryAAAI 2018

    [pdf] [bib] [github]
  • Jun Feng, Minlie Huang, Li Zhao, Yang Yang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Reinforcement Learning for Relation Classification from Noisy DataAAAI 2018

    [pdf] [bib] [github]
  • Tianyang Zhang, Minlie Huang, Li Zhao

    Learning Structured Representation for Text Classification via Reinforcement LearningAAAI 2018

    [pdf] [bib] [github]
  • Tom Young, Erik Cambria, Iti Chaturvedi, Hao Zhou, Subham Biswas, Minlie Huang

    Augmenting End-to-End Dialog Systems with Commonsense KnowledgeAAAI 2018

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Qiao Qian, Minlie Huang, Jinhao Lei, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Linguistically Regularized LSTMs for Sentiment ClassificationACL 2017.

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Han Xiao, Minlie Huang, Lian Meng, Xiaoyan Zhu

    SSP: Semantic Space Projection for Knowledge Graph Embedding with Text DescriptionsAAAI 2017

    [pdf] [bib] [github]
  • Minlie Huang, Qiao Qian, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Encoding Syntactic Knowledge in Neural Networks for Sentiment ClassificationTOIS 2017, 35(3): 1-27

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Hao Zhou, Minlie Huang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Context-aware natural language generation for spoken dialogue systemsCOLING 2016

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Jun Feng, Minlie Huang, Yang Yang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    GAKE: Graph Aware Knowledge EmbeddingCOLING 2016

    [pdf] [bib] [github]
  • Naitong Yu, Minlie Huang, Yuanyuan Shi, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Product Review Summarization by Exploiting Phrase PropertiesCOLING 2016

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Yequan Wang, Minlie Huang, Li Zhao, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Attention-based LSTM for Aspect-level Sentiment ClassificationEMNLP 2016

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Han Xiao, Minlie Huang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    From One Point to A Manifold: Knowledge Graph Embedding For Precise Link PredictionIJCAI 2016

    [pdf] [bib] [github]
  • Biao Liu, Minlie Huang, Song Liu, Xuan Zhu, Xiaoyan Zhu

    A Sentence Interaction Network for Modeling Dependence between SentencesACL 2016

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Han Xiao, Minlie Huang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    TransG : A Generative Model for Knowledge Graph EmbeddingACL 2016

    [pdf] [bib] [github]
  • Li Zhao, Minlie Huang, Ziyu Yao, Rongwei Su, Yingying Jiang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Semi-Supervised Multinomial Naive Bayes for Text Classification by Leveraging Word-Level Statistical ConstraintAAAI 2016

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Minlie Huang, Yujie Cao, Chao Dong

    Modeling Rich Contexts for Sentiment Classification with LSTMarXiv

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Li Zhao, Minlie Huang, Jiashen Sun, Hengliang Luo, Xiankai Yang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Sentiment Extraction by Leveraging Aspect-Opinion Association StructureCIKM 2015

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Biao Liu, Minlie Huang, Jiashen Sun, Xuan Zhu

    Incorporating Domain and Sentiment Supervision in Representation Learning for Domain AdaptationIJCAI 2015

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Qiao Qian, Bo Tian, Minlie Huang, Yang Liu, Xuan Zhu, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Learning Tag Embeddings and Tag-specific Composition Functions in Recursive Neural NetworkACL 2015

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Li Zhao, Minlie Huang, Haiqiang Chen, Junjun Cheng, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Clustering Aspect-related Phrases by Leveraging Sentiment Distribution ConsistencyEMNLP 2014

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Lei Fang, Qiao Qian, Minlie Huang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Ranking Sentiment Explanations for Review Summarization Using Dual DecompositionCIKM 2014

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Minlie Huang, Borui Ye, Yichen Wang, Haiqiang Chen, Junjun Cheng, Xiaoyan Zhu

    New Word Detection for Sentiment AnalysisACL 2014

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Chong Long, Jie Zhang, Minlie Huang, Xiaoyan Zhu, Ming Li, Bin Ma

    Estimating feature ratings through an effective review selection approachKAIS 2014, 38(2): 419-446

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Lei Fang, Minlie Huang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Exploring weakly supervised latent sentiment explanations for aspect-level review analysisCIKM 2013

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Po Hu, Minlie Huang, Peng Xu, Weichang Li, Adam K. Usadi, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Finding Nuggets in IP Portfolios: Core Patent Mining through Textual Temporal AnalysisCIKM 2012

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Lei Fang, Minlie Huang

    Fine Granular Aspect Analysis using Latent Structural ModelsACL 2012

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Minlie Huang, Xing Shi, Feng Jin, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Using First-order Logic to Compress SentencesAAAI 2012

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Minlie Huang, Yi Yang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Quality-biased Ranking of Short Texts in Microblogging ServicesIJCNLP 2011

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Po Hu, Minlie Huang, Peng Xu, Weichang Li, Adam K. Usadi, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Generating Breakpoint-based Timeline Overview for News Topic RetrospectionICDM 2011

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Fangtao Li, Minlie Huang, Yi Yang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Learning to Identify Review SpamIJCAI 2011

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Minlie Huang, Aurelie Neveol, Zhiyong Lu

    Recommending MeSH Terms for Annotating Biomedical ArticlesJAMIA 2011.

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Minlie Huang, Jingchen Liu, Xiaoyan Zhu

    GeneTUKit: a software for document-level gene normalizationBioinformatics 2011, 27(7): 1032-1033

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Mattia Tomasoni, Minlie Huang

    Metadata-Aware Measures for Answer Summarization in Community Question AnsweringACL 2010

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Fangtao Li, Minlie Huang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Sentiment Analysis with Global Topics and Local DependencyAAAI 2010

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Chong Long, Minlie Huang, Xiaoyan Zhu, Ming Li

    Multi-Document Summarization by Information DistanceICDM 2009

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Fangtao Li, Yang Tang, Minlie Huang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Answering Opinion Questions with Random Walks on GraphsACL 2009

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Feng Jin, Minlie Huang, Zhiyong Lu, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Towards Automatic Generation of Gene SummaryNAACL-HLT 2009 Workshop

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Hongning Wang, Minlie Huang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    A Generative Probabilistic Model for Multi-Label ClassificationICDM 2008

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Minlie Huang, Xiaoyan Zhu

    Combining convolution kernels defined on heterogeneous sub-structuresPAKDD 2007

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Yu Hao, Xiaoyan Zhu, Minlie Huang, Ming Li

    Discovering Patterns to Extract Protein-Protein Interactions from the Literature: Part IIBioinformatics 2005 21(15):3294-3300.

    [pdf] [bib]
  • Minlie Huang, Xiaoyan Zhu, Yu Hao, Donald G. Payan, Kunbin Qu, Ming Li

    Discovering patterns to extract protein-protein interactions from full textsBioinformatics 2004, 20(18): 3604-3612

    [pdf] [bib]

Selected Honors and Rewards

  • 2021, Distinguished Young Scholars of National Science Foundation

  • 2020, Best Student Paper in NLPCC 2020 (paper link)

  • 2020, Best Paper in SIGDIAL 2020 (paper link, collaboration with Microsoft) 
  • 2019, Best Demo Paper Nomination in ACL 2019 (ConvLab, collaboration with Microsoft) 
  • 2019, Wuwenjun AI Award (from Chinese AI Society)
  • 2019, Alibaba Innovative Research Award
  • 2019, MSRA Collaborative Research Grand
  • 2018, Distinguished paper in IJCAI-ECAI 2018 (paper link
  • 2018, Hanvon Youngth Innovation Award (from Chinese Information Processing Society)
  • 2018, CCL Best Demo Award
  • 2017, Winner of Short Text Conversation Challenge II at NTCIR 
  • 2015, NLPCC Best Paper
  • 2008/2018, Excellent Employee of the Department
  • 2006, Excellent PhD graduate of the University
  • 2006, Excellent PhD Dissertation of the University


  • Action editor of Computational Linguistics, since 2021

  • Associate editor of TNNLS (impact factor > 11), since 2020

  • Action editor of TACL (Transactions of the association for computational linguistics), since 2020
  • Senior Area Chair, ACL-IJCNLP 2021

  • Area Chair, IJCAI 2021

  • Diversity and Inclusion Co-Chair, ACL-IJCNLP 2021

  • Workshop Co-Chair, EMNLP 2021
  • Area Chair: ACL 2020, EMNLP 2020, AACL 2020, EMNLP 2019, IJCNLP 2017, ACL 2016, EMNLP 2014, EMNLP 2011
  • Senior PC: AAAI 2021-2017, IJCAI 2020-2017, IJCAI 2018 (Distinguished SPC)
  • Standing reviewer of Computational Linguistics, since 2020

  • Track Organizer for DSTC 9 (2020) and DSTC 8 (2019) (Dialog State Track Challenge)
  • Track Organizer of Chinese Emotion Generation Challenge 2018, NTCIR, Japan
  • Track Organizer of Emotion Conversation Challenge 2017, CCF NLPCC, China
  • Tutorial Chair of CCF Advanced Discipline Lecture 2016 (67) "Sentiment Analysis and Deep Learning" (Co-chair with Prof. Xiaojun Wan)


  • Discrete Mathematics (Since 2010)
  • Artificial Neural Networks (2020, 2021) (Since 2016) 
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (Co-teaching with Prof. Jianmin Li, since 2016)
  • C++: Object-oriented Programming (Since 2018)


  • 2020, November, tutorial at CIPS forum, conversational information seeking with dialog systems

  • 2020, November, talk at Language Intelligence Summit, Do pretraining language models really understand language?
  • 2020, November, talk at Byte Dance, knowledge and natural language generation
  • 2020, October, talk at CNCC, knowledge and natural language generation
  • 2020, August, talk at YOCSEF shenzhen, self-supervised learning in NLP
  • 2020, April, talk at Tsinghua Frontier Research Forum, Past, present, and future of dialog systems
  • 2019, November, invited talk at Sino-Swiss Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Conference 2019, "towards controllable natural language generation with knowledge enhancement". 
  • 2019, November, invited talk at TextGraph workshop on EMNLP 2019, "knowledge-enhanced natural language generation".
  • 2019, July, Big Data Lectures, "Commonsense knowledge in language understanding and generation". [slides]
  • 2019, January, Opening ceremony of Knowledge Intelligence Research Center, THUAI, "Language generation with commonsense knowledge". [slides]
  • 2018, December, CAAI Forum, "Towards conversational artificial intelligence". [slides]
  • 2018, December, JD AI, "controllable text generation: types, knowledge, and logic". [slides]
  • 2018, November, Jiangmen, "Intelligent conversational systems". [slides]
  • 2018, November, Alibaba Beijing, "Building More Intelligent Dialog Systems". [slides]
  • 2018, November, Asian Conference on Machine Learning, Reinforcement Learning Workshop, "Reinforcement Learning in Natural Language Processing". [slides]
  • 2018, November, Machine Learning Application, ACL 2018 top conference review. [slides]
  • 2018, October, CNCC forum on natural language generation: semantics, logic, and consistency. [slides]
  • 2018, July, Tutorials at SMP 2018 for Reinforcement learning in NLP (&search). [slides part1] [slides part2]
  • 2018, July, slides at YOCSEF Theme Discovery Symposium, "Tutorial for Reinforcement Learning in NLP and Search". [slides]
  • 2018, July, slides for SIGIR-2018-TOIS paper, "Encoding Syntactic Knowledge in Neural Networks for Sentiment Classification". [slides
  • 2018, July, slides for ACL-2018 papers "Learning to Ask Questions in Open-domain Conversational Systems with Typed Decoders". [slides]
  • 2018, July, invited talk at Facebook, "Reinforcement learning in natural language processing and search". [slides]
  • 2018, July, invited talk at Facebook, "Towards building more intelligent chatting machine". [slides]
  • 2018, May, invited talk at National University of Singapore, NeXT+ workshop, "Towards building more intelligent chatting machine". [slides]
  • 2018, May, invited talk at Nanyang Technological University, "Reinforcement learning in natural language processing and search". [slides]
  • 2018, May, invited talk at Toronto-Tsinghua Entrepreneurship and Innovation Forum, "Building Intelligent Chatbots: Emotion, Personality, and Commonsense Knowledge". [slides]
  • 2018, May, invited talk at Tsinghua-Toronto AI Squared Forum, "Building Intelligent Chatbots: Emotion, Personality, and Commonsense Knowledge". [slides]
  • 2018, April, invited talk at Baozun, Sogou, Alibaba, MSRA, "Reinforcement Learning in Natural Language Processing". [slides]


I am recruiting highly self-motivated and hardworking students, post doctors, algorithm engineers, and system developers.

For PhD students and interns, you are expected to have good mathematics and programming skills since computer science is essentially a MATH science.

For algorithm engineers and system developers, you are expected to have experiences in developing NLP algorithms and systems, with good project management and programming skills.

I am also welcome international visiting students, and I have successfully supervised students from Italy, Switzerland, and France. But, you have to be prepared to do good research here or develop useful systems or tools.

I also supervised and led many undergraduates to do research, many of who had published papers on premier conferences such as ACL, AAAI, IJCAI, etc. Here are my thoughts on how undergraduates can make successful research

If you enjoy doing challenging research and want to devote your career to research, do not hesitate to contact me.