Greetings! I am Manling Li.

I am a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, working with Prof. Heng Ji. I am a member of the Blender lab. My research interests lie in the general area of Natural Language Processing, with a special focus on multimedia knowledge extraction and knowledge-aware generation.



  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Ph.D. in Computer Science, 2019 -
    • Advisor: Prof. Heng Ji
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    • Ph.D. in Computer Science, 2018 - 2019
    • Advisor: Prof. Heng Ji
  • Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    • M.S. in Computer Science, 2015 - 2018
    • Advisor: Prof. Yuanzhuo Wang
  • University of Science and Technology Beijing
    • B.E. in Computer Science (Internet of Things), 2011 - 2015
    • B.M. in Information Management and Information Systems (minor), 2012 - 2015


  • 05/2021 - 08/2021, Microsoft Research
    • Research Intern at the Cognitive Services Research group
    • Mentor: Ruochen Xu
    • Focus: Multimedia Pretrained Embedding
  • 06/2020 - 08/2020, IBM Research
    • Research Intern at the Foundations of AI Reasoning group
    • Mentor: Tengfei Ma, Mo Yu
    • Focus: Graph Compession via Optimal Transport

Academic Service

Journal Reviewer: IEEE MultiMedia; Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research; Neurocomputing.

Senior PC: IJCAI’21.

PC: AAAI’22; WWW’22; EMNLP’21; ACL’21; AAAI’21; WWW’21; EACL’21; KDD’21 DI Workshop; NLPCC 2021; COLING’20; AACL’20; CCL’20.