Dr. Wei Gao

Dr. Wei Gao - Copy.jpg
Arabic Language Technologies
+(974) 4454 1520

Connect with me

QCRI is a brand-new research institute committing to world-class research in my area of expertise, which offers me unprecedented opportunities to embrace exciting challenges.

Research Focus at QCRI

Wei works in the areas of information retrieval, natural language processing and Web data mining. His research focus in QCRI includes cross-lingual and multilingual issues in Web search, search ranking adaptation between different domains, NLP on social media or spanning heterogeneous media streams, sentiment analysis and social web dynamics.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining QCRI, Wei received his Ph.D. in Information Systems from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2010 and was affiliated with the same university as a research assistant professor from August 2010 to August 2011. He was a research fellow in the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore from May to August 2010. Early on he was an intern at Microsoft Research Asia (with Natural Language Computing Group) during 2006-2008.

Professional Experience

  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Research Assistant Professor, August 2010-August 2011
  • Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR, Research Fellow, May 2010-August 2010

Professional Associations and Awards


  • Member of ACL
  • Member of ACM SIGIR


  • Wei Gao, Peng Li, and Kareem Darwish. Joint Topic Model for Cross-media News Summarization (PCT/EP2012/070505). Filed in October 2012.


  • PhD, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2010
  • M. Phil, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2004

Selected Research

  • Peng Cai, Wei Gao, Aoying Zhou, and Kam-Fai Wong. Relevant Knowledge Helps in Choosing Right Teacher: Active Query Selection for Ranking Adaptation. In Proceedings of the 34th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, July 2011. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2009916.2009935
  • Wei Gao, PengCai, Kam-Fai Wong, and Aoying Zhou. Learning to Rank Only Using Training Data from Related Domain. In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, July 2010. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1835478
  • Wei Gao, Cheng Niu, Jian-Yun Nie, Ming Zhou, Kam-Fai Wong, and Hsiao-Wuen Hon. Exploiting Query Logs for Cross-Lingual Query Suggestions. ACM Transactions on Information Systems, Vol. 28, No.2, Article 6, May 2010. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1740594
  • Wei Gao, John Blitzer, Ming Zhou, and Kam-Fai Wong. Exploiting Bilingual Information to Improve (Monolingual) Web Search. In Proceedings of the 47th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, August 2009. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology-new/P/P09/P09-1121.pdf
  • Wei Gao, Cheng Niu, Jian-Yun Nie, Ming Zhou, Jian Hu, Kam-Fai Wong, and Hsiao-Wuen Hon. Cross-Lingual Query Suggestion Using Query Logs of Different Languages. In Proceedings of the 30th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, July 2007. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1277821

Connect with me

Follow Us

  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • RSS Feed
  • Linkedin
  • github-web.png
Back to Top

In the Media


Do you mukbang? It's the new form of 'social eating'


A couple sit together for breakfast, their plates piled high with vegan sausages, broccoli and rice, what they consider a typically vegan meal. Like any couple, they talk about the day they have ...

Read More

Hillary Trump.jpg

The secret network of political tweeters making debate memes go viral


In the aftermath of the second presidential debate, Facebook and Twitter lit up with two competing memes. One depicts a smiling Hillary Clinton, with the campaign slogan “I’m with her” superimposed ...

Read More


Trump snares more Twitter attention than Clinton: study


Donald Trump attracts more tweet traffic and support on social media platform than presidential rival Hillary Clinton.

Read More

Upcoming Events

Past Events


Sheikha Moza Arc 2016.jpg

Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference 2016 (ARC'16)

Download ICS File 22/03/2016  - 23/03/2016 ,

The Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference 2016 (ARC’16) will be held on 22nd and 23rd March,2016 at the Qatar National Convention Center. The conference aims to advance Qatar’s ambitious ...

Read More

Coding is Cool Website Photo.png

Coding is Cool 2016

Download ICS File 21/03/2016 , QNCC Room 215-217

Organized by Qatar Computing Research Institute and MIT-Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

Read More


Self-Driving Cars Are Coming - Public Talk by Daniela Rus

Download ICS File 20/03/2016 , QNCC Room 215-217

Abstract: We spend a lot of time in out cars, yet this is a part of our lives where we have been vulnerable to the world's leading cause of bodily harm. Now, the digitization of practically ...

Read More

News Releases


QCRI’s BrailleEasy app launched on iOS store


BrailleEasy, a custom one-handed Braille keyboard developed by the Qatar Computing Research Institute, is now available on the iOS App Store. The Braille keyboard was developed by Barbara Šepič, ...

Read More

Elgharib pic.jpg

QCRI researcher jointly develops new film-making technique


 A scientist at the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), a division of Hamad bin Khalifa University, has jointly developed technology that can recreate films and portraits in the style of ...

Read More


QCRI launches RHEEM big data app


The Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), a division of Hamad bin Khalifa University, has launched an application that can draw insights from big data across many software platforms. The ...

Read More