Fan Luo

PhD Student

Office: GS 710

Interests: Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence


I am a fifth year doctoral student conducting NLP research in CluLab here in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Arizona. I am currently investigating how we can advance the question answering system to better meet information needs while combat information overload.  

I will join Amazon as an applied scientist after graduation to apply the knowledge I gained from school to deal with industrial and real life challenges. I am from a computer science educational background since my undergraduate. I received my Master degree of Computer Science from William & Mary in Virginia, and my Bachelor degree of Computer Science & Technology from Beijing Institute of Technology in China.

​​​​​Research Interests

My research focuses on ​Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence.

What long-term project do you want to work on?

The long-term project I work on is Interactive learning for NLP and Visualization of Question Answering.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Interdisciplinary study takes perspectives from different disciplines to better solve problems in a creative way. Natural language processing offers me such an opportunity, as it sits at the intersection of computer science, Artificial Intelligence, and Computational linguistics.

What are your career goals?

Good techniques make a difference and NLP is one of them. It has the potential to make waves in industry and affect individuals' daily life in many aspects. My career goal is to expand the reach of its impact by being involved in projects that apply its advanced techniques to real-world applications.

​​​​Tell us something interesting about yourself!

I have a broad interest in developing cool applications. Besides NLP, I worked on face detection and tracking, and game development. I developed a virtual tour in UofA with Unity, a 3D adventure game with Blender. I also did video editing with Premiere and poster design with InDesign‎.

Outside of study and work, I like to explore interesting places and exhibitions, such as Butterfly Wonderland‎ and Van Gogh Alive.