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. student 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 am also enrolled in the Cognitive Science program. 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.

My current research focuses on Natural Language Processing (Language Grounding, Dialogue Systems, Language Acquisition), Embodied AI (Human-Robot Communication, Navigation, Instruction Following), and Machine Learning (Graph Neural Networks, Data-Efficient Learning).


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Selected Projects

* indicates equal contributions.


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]

#VisionLanguageNavigation #SituatedDialogue #EmbodiedAI

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]

#InstructionFollowing #NeuroSymbolic #EmbodiedAI

Partition-Based Active Learning for Graph Neural Networks

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

DLG-KDD (Oral), 2022

[paper] [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.