Howdy! I’m Shuai Wang, a PhD student who’s been swimming in the deep end of academia for what feels like forever. I’m under the eagle eyes of Professor. Guido Zuccon and A.Professor. Bevan Koopman, my official supervisors. But wait, there’s more! I’ve also got an unofficial supervisor, Dr. Harrisen Scells, who’s in Germany but still manages to keep tabs on me thanks to the wonders of Wi-Fi (Something that’s been invented by Aussie researchers).

I snagged my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Australia in 2019, then rolled the dice (not really, but it sounds cooler) and leveled up with a Master of Engineering Science degree from the University of Queensland in 2021.

Now, I’m a second-year PhD student at UQ, exploring the wilds of information retrieval, natural language processing (NLP), and machine learning like a data-loving Indiana Jones. I’m also eyeing security and CV, but I’m still figuring out if I’m ready to dive into that pool.

I’m currently working on automation for medical systematic reviews, where I have been currently focused on the development of Automatic Mesh Term Suggestion, Screening Prioritisation, Seed-drievn methods and Boolean query formulation.

I also moonlight as a tutor at UQ, teaching courses like INFS7410 (information retrieval and web search). I’m not in it for the cash, but for the chance to scout for other brainiacs to collaborate with. So, if you’re interested, let’s chat and see if we can cook up some research magic together (and yes, you’ll get first author credit if we hit the jackpot).

Internship Opportunities

I’m also looking for an internship. Got a spot that matches my skills? Shoot me an email! I’m as keen as a caffeinated kangaroo. Thanks for thinking of me!


July 22, 2023

Presentations at SIGIR 2023

Due to my entry permit to Taiwan got rejected, my supervisor Professor Guido Zuccon will present our two papers instead at the SIGIR 2023 conference in person.

May 05, 2023

SIGIR 2023 Student Travel Grant

I am grateful to SIGIR for awarding me a student travel grant of USD 1125 and a complimentary conference registration to attend the SIGIR 2023 conference

April 01, 2023

Two Papers Accepted at SIGIR 2023

[Full Paper]: Can ChatGPT Write a Good Boolean Query for Systematic Review Literature Search?; and [Reproducibility Paper]: Balanced Topic Aware Sampling for Effective Dense Retriever: A Reproducibility Study have been accepted to SIGIR 2023.

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March 04, 2023

Research Visit at Leipzig University

Visiting Leipzig University for two months to collaborate on research projects related to systematic review automation and complex medicine-based question-answering.

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February 27, 2023

Poster Presentations at WSDM 2023, Singapore

Presented a demo poster on MeSH Term suggestion at the WSDM 2023 conference in Singapore.

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December 15, 2022

Presentations at ADCS 2022, Adelaide, Australia

Presented a paper on using neural ranker in systematic review screening at the ADCS 2022 conference in Adelaide, Australia.

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July 11, 2022

Poster Presentations at SIGIR 2022, Madrid, Spain

Presented two posters at the SIGIR 2022 conference in Madrid, Spain.

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April 10, 2022

Present Paper at ECIR 2022, Online

Presented a paper on reproducibility of Seed-driven document ranking in systematic review at the ECIR 2022 conference.

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December 09, 2021

Present Paper at ADCS 2021, Online, Received Best Student Paper Award

Presented a paper on MeSH Term suggestion and received the Best Student Paper Award.

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October 01, 2021

Started PhD program at The University of Queensland

Began a PhD program in information retrieval and natural language processing at The University of Queensland.

July 11, 2021

Present Paper at ICTIR 2021, Online

Presented a paper online interpolation of DR and BM25 at the ICTIR 2021 conference.


I serve as a reviewer/PC member for the following journal/conference:

  • TOIS: ACM Transactions on Information Systems
  • Journal of Data and Information Quality
  • ACM ICTIR 2023: ACM International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval