Tuan Lai

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My research interests lie in the intersection of NLP and CV (e.g., Conversational Image Editing, Dialog-Based Interactive Image Retrieval).


Purdue University
  • Master in Computer Science (2018-2020)
  • Selected Courses: Algorithms (A+), Machine Learning (A+), Data Mining (A+), AI Meets Sustainability (A), Protein Bioinformatics (A)
  • Bachelor of Computer Science (2013-2017)
  • Ranked 1st in the department

Industry Experience

  • Part-Time NLP Research Intern at Adobe Research (September 2019 - December 2019)
  • NLP Research Intern at Adobe Research (May 2019 - August 2019)
  • Data Science Research Intern at Adobe Research (September 2017 - May 2018)
  • Software Engineer Intern at Google US (May 2017 - August 2017)
  • Software Engineer Intern at Google UK (June 2016 - September 2016)

Selected Publications

[Rank A] tag is used to mark papers that appear in CS conferences of rank A.

A Gated Self-attention Memory Network for Answer Selection
Tuan Lai *, Quan Hung Tran *, Trung Bui, Daisuke Kihara
[Rank A] EMNLP 2019 (Acceptance Rate: 684/2877, 23.8%) [Dataset] [Poster]

DeepCompare: Visual and Interactive Comparison of Deep Learning Model Performance
Sugeerth Murugesan, Sana Malik, Fan Du, Eunyee Koh, Tuan Manh Lai
[Journal] IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications 2019 [Video]

The Context-Dependent Additive Recurrent Neural Net
Quan Hung Tran, Tuan Lai, Gholamreza Haffari, Ingrid Zukerman, Trung Bui, Hung Bui
[Rank A] NAACL 2018 [Poster]

A Review on Deep Learning Techniques Applied to Answer Selection
Tuan Manh Lai, Trung Bui, Sheng Li
[Rank A] COLING 2018 [Poster]


Training of Neural Network based Natural Language Processing Models using Dense Knowledge Distillation
Filed 11/2019 - Work at Adobe Research

Utilizing a gated self-attention memory network model for predicting a candidate answer match to a query
Filed 9/2019 - Work at Adobe Research

Generating and Utilizing Classification and Query-specific models to generate digital responses to queries from client device
Filed 4/2018 - Work at Adobe Research


A Simple but Effective BERT Model for Dialog State Tracking on Resource-Limited Systems
Tuan Manh Lai, Quan Hung Tran, Trung Bui, Daisuke Kihara
arXiv 2019


  • CS580: Algorithm Design, Analysis, And Implementation
    Purdue University. Teaching Assistant. Fall 2019.