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), it's absolutely fine to just call me Martin alternatively.

I am a second-year Ph.D. candidate in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Michigan. I work with Professor Joyce Chai as a member of the Situated Language and Embodied Dialogue (SLED) Lab. I will work with Amazon Alexa AI over the summer. 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.

The three constant themes of my research are Language, Interaction, and Embodiment. I am broadly interested in Natural Language Processing (Language Grounding to Vision and Robotics, Common Ground, Language Acquisition), Embodied AI (Human-Robot Communication, Navigation, Instruction Following), and Machine Learning (Cognitively Motivated Learning, Graph Neural Networks, Data-Efficient Learning). I am a PC member of ACL (2023), and regularly review for NLP venues (e.g., ACL, EMNLP, COLING) and ML venues (e.g., TMLR).




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Selected Work

* indicates equal contributions.


CycleNet: Rethinking Cycle Consistency in Text-Guided Diffusion for Image Manipulation

Sihan Xu*, Ziqiao Ma*, Yidong Huang, Honglak Lee, Joyce Chai

Preprint, 2023

[web] [paper] [code]

SEAGULL: An Embodied Agent for Instruction Following through Situated Dialog

Yichi Zhang, Jianing Yang, Keunwoo Peter Yu, Yinpei Dai, Shane Storks Yuwei Bao, Jiayi Pan, Nikhil Devraj, Ziqiao Ma, Joyce Chai

1st Place, Alexa Prize SimBot Challenge, 2023


World-to-Words: Grounded Open Vocabulary Acquisition through Fast Mapping in Vision-Language Models

Ziqiao Ma*, Jiayi Pan*, Joyce Chai

ACL, 2023

[paper] [code]

NLP Reproducibility For All: Understanding Experiences of Beginners

Shane Storks, Keunwoo Peter Yu, Ziqiao Ma, Joyce Chai

ACL, 2023

[paper] [code]

Towards Collaborative Plan Acquisition through Theory of Mind Modeling in Situated Dialogue

Cristian-Paul Bara, Ziqiao Ma, Yingzhuo Yu, Julie Shah, Joyce Chai

IJCAI, 2023

[paper] [code]

Spoken Dialogue for Handling Unexpected Situations in Interactive Autonomous Driving Agents

Ziqiao Ma, Benjamin VanDerPloeg*, Cristian-Paul Bara*, Huang Yidong*, Eui-In Kim, Felix Gervits, Matthew Marge, Joyce Chai

Findings of EMNLP & SereTOD, 2022

[paper] [code] [video] [slides] [poster]

DANLI: Deliberative Agent for Following Natural Language Instructions

Yichi Zhang, Jianing Yang, Shane Storks, Jiayi Pan, Nikhil Devraj, Ziqiao Ma, Keunwoo Peter Yu, Yuwei Bao, Joyce Chai

EMNLP (Oral), 2022

[paper] [code] [video] [slides]

Partition-Based Active Learning for Graph Neural Networks

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

TMLR, 2023 & DLG-KDD (Oral), 2022

[paper] [code] [poster]

Game Design



I've been fortunate to have mentered and collaborated 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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    2260 Hayward Street,
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109.