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Academy of Technology LogoSenior Research Manager - Scalable Knowledge Intelligence, Research Staff Member
IBM Research - Almaden, San Jose, CA, USA


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Yunyao Li is a Senior Research Manager and Distinguished Research Staff Member with IBM Almaden Research Center, where she manages the Scalable Knowledge Intelligence department.  She is an ACM Distinguished Member. She was a member of the inaugural New Voices program at the National Academies. She is also a Master Inventor, a member of the IBM Academy of Technology.Her expertise is in the interdisciplinary areas of natural language processing, databases, human-computer interaction, and information retrieval. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed, referred articles, and filed over 30 patents in these areas. She has also co-authored a book Natural Language Data Management and Interfaces.

Yunyao is particularly interested in designing, developing, and analyzing large scale systems that are usable by a wide spectrum of users. Towards this direction, her current focus is on AI for text. She is a founding member of SystemT, a state-of-the-art information extraction engine currently powering multiple IBM products, and Gumshoe, a novel enterprise search engine that has been powering IBM intranet and search since 2010. Her contributions in these projects have recognized by multiple prestigious IBM internal awards.

Yunyao is also deeply passionate about improving the diversity for the STEM field. She has been actively mentoring women and under-represented minorities through programs such as Leading to Africa. She currently leads the Almaden Women's Interest Network Group (AWING). She also organizes technical talks and activities for Women's Network of Northern California in IBM. She has served on the MentorNet Mentor-Protégé Council since 2013 and the BSCS External Advisory Board of San Jose State University from 2017 to 2019.

Yunyao obtained her Ph.D degree in Computer Science & Engineering and dual-degrees of M.S.E in Computer Science & Engineering and M.S in Information from the University of Michigan. She went to college at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and graduated with dual-degrees of B.E in Automation and B.S in Economics.

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