About Me

Here is a virtual but warm greeting from Ziqiao, as you just came across his page! Well, 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), so...it's absolutely fine to just call me Martin alternatively.

I am a first-year Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan working with Professor Joyce Chai in the Situated Language and Embodied Dialogue (SLED) Lab. My current research focuses on Natural Language Processing (Grounded Language Understanding and Acquisition, Communication with Embodied Agents) 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




If you would like to have a conversation with me, please visit my scheduling page.



Selected Projects

* indicates equal contributions.


Partition-Based Active Learning for Graph Neural Networks

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

[arxiv][code: upon request]

  • A a novel partition-based one-shot active learning approach for Graph Neural Networks.

Exception Handling in Autonomous Vehicles via Human Language Communication

Ziqiao Ma, Ben VanDerPloeg, Cristian-Paul Bara, Felix Gervits, Matthew Marge, Joyce Chai

[slides: upon request][code: upon request]

  • A Benchmark of Exception Handling for Situated Dialogue with Autonomous Vehicles.




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.