Women in technology: meet Wehui (Wendy) Liao

After being a proud sponsor of the 2012 Grace Hopper Women in Computing Conference, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight some of our own women in computingIn this installment, meet Wenhui Liao, Senior Research Scientist.

In very un-techie terms, describe your current role:

I think my job role, together with other research scientists in R&D, is to design algorithms to let machines automatically perform intelligent tasks that Thomson Reuters customers need to do step-by-step, or that take much longer time to do with old techniques. For example, how to find the most relevant cases for a legal issue, how to automatically finish a brief, how to access stock market sentiment and identify good traders from Twitter tweets, etc.

wendy liaoWhat technology accomplishments are you most proud of?

As a senior research scientist at R&D, I work hard to learn new skills every day and contribute to state-of-art techniques. The research I do in information retrieval, recommender systems, machine learning, and social media lays foundations for key products in Thomson Reuters.  As a result, Thomson Reuters has applied for four patents based on my work with another colleague, and one of them won the 2009 Thomson Reuters Inventor Award. I also have more than 20 publications in top conferences and journals. I have a great passion for what I do and love to share it with others.

Can you share some of your articles?

You can access most of my publications here.

Are there any particular women in technology that you admire?

Extremely talented women, such as Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) and Marissa Mayer (CEO of Yahoo), motivate me to work harder and advance higher in my career. I strive to one day be someone whose career accomplishments motivate and change other women’s lives.

What are some of the challenges you think women in technology face?

I think the recent article by Anne-Marie Slaughter “Why women still can’t have it all”  says quite a lot about what women still face nowadays in general.

What do you think about Thomson Reuters’ involvement with the Grace Hopper Conference?

The fact that Thomson Reuters sponsored this conference shows our company’s confidence in women and willingness to invest in them.

What’s one technology tool/gadget that you can’t live without?

iPhone

Favorite App:

Pocket