About Me

Here is a virtual but warm greeting from Ziqiao, as you just came across his page! As many of my non-Chinese friends found it hard to pronounce my Chinese name (马子乔? pronounced as Tsz-Chaw in Mandarin or Tsz-Kiu in Standard Romanization), it's absolutely fine to just call me Martin alternatively.

I am a second-year Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan advised by Professor Joyce Chai as a member of Situated Language and Embodied Dialogue (SLED) Lab, Computer Science and Engineering Department. I am also enrolled in the Cognitive Science program. My current research focuses on Natural Language Processing (Language Grounding, Language Acquisition, Human-Robot Communication), Embodied AI (Navigation, Instruction Following), and Machine Learning (Graph Neural Networks, Data-Efficient Learning).

Prior than that, I obtained my Dual Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science at the University of Michigan and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Proficient in:
Python C/C++ C# JavaScript Java
Familiar with:
jQuery Hadoop R




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Selected Projects

* indicates equal contributions.


Partition-Based Active Learning for Graph Neural Networks

Jiaqi Ma*, Ziqiao Ma*, Joyce Chai, Qiaozhu Mei

DLG-KDD (Oral), 2022 | [arxiv][code][poster]

#ActiveLearning #GraphNeuralNetwork

Game Design



I've been fortunate to work with these amazingly talented students: I understand that access to research oppotunities can be hard, particularly for beginners and the underrepresented. If there is a match in research interests, I am happy to collaborate with undergrads and masters when I have the bandwidth. Please check the following topics of interests and fill this out if you want to work with me.

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  • Phone

  • marstin0607
  • 1137610417
  • Address

    Bob and Betty Beyster Building 4909,
    2260 Hayward Street,
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109.