Bill Yuchen Lin

"We were language’s magpies by nature, stealing whatever sounded bright and shiny."

I am a senior undergrad at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, majoring in Computer Science as a member of IEEE Honor Class. I am a former visiting fellow of StatNLP Group at SUTD and a former research intern at Microsoft Research Asia. My research interests include Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Knowledge Base, etc.

I will become a Ph.D. student in CS at the University of Southern California this fall.

2018-05-29:  Invited as a reviewer of EMNLP 2018!
2018-05-29:  Selected as a volunteer for the ACL 2018. And thanks to the ACL Walker Fund for the support towards my travel expenses.
2018-04-21:  Two papers accpeted to ACL 2018 !!
2018-04-03:  I will become a Ph.D. student in Computer Science with Annenberg Fellowship Award at USC this fall.
2018-03-12:  Accepted to the UT-Austin CS MS program!
2018-02-15:  Accepted to the UNC CS Ph.D. program!
2018-02-07:  Accepted to the CS Ph.D. programs at USC and UCSB respectively!
2018-02-05:  Accepted to the CMU/LTI MLT program!
2018-02-01:  Accepted to the UCLA CS Ph.D. program!
2018-01-30:  Accepted to the OSU CS Ph.D. program!
2018-01-29:  Accepted to the NEU CS Ph.D. program!
2018-01-24:  Accepted to the UMass Amherst CS Ph.D. program!
2017-12-15:  All applications are submitted!
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University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.

Ph.D. in Computer Science (from Aug. 2018)

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

Member of IEEE Honor Class
B.Sc. in Computer Science (Sept. 2014 -- Jun. 2018)
Advisor: Prof. Kenny Q. Zhu

Research Experience

Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing, China

Research Intern
Sept. 2017 -- Mar. 2018
Focus: Semantic Parsing (for Data Analysis), Question Answering, Multilinguality

StatNLP Group, Singapore

Visiting Fellow, supervised by Prof. Wei Lu
Jun. 2017 -- Sept. 2017
Focus: Domain Adaptation, Named Entity Recognition, Knowledge Graph Representation

ADAPT Lab, Shanghai, China

Research Assistant, supervised by Prof. Kenny Q. Zhu
May. 2016 -- Present
Focus: Text Mining, Knowledge Discovery, Relation Extraction, Spatiotemporal Data Mining, etc.

IIoT Research Center, Shanghai, China

Research Assistant, supervised by Prof. Luoyi Fu and Prof. Xinbing Wang
Mar. 2017 -- Jun. 2017
Focus: Temporal Social Network Aanalysis


Current Projects

  1. Common-Sense Knowledge Graph Representation and Constuction
    Bachelor Thesis Proposal
    Supervisor: Prof. Kenny Q. Zhu
  2. Transfer Learning in Neural Architectures for Named-Entity Recognition
    Supervisor: Prof. Wei Lu
  3. Semantic Parsing for Tabular Data Analysis
    Supervisor: Dr. Jian-Guang Lou
    Collaborator: Yan Gao, Yuanbo Gao, Yongqiang Ma, Bo Zhang
  4. Extracting Review Aspects from Customer Feedback.
    Supervisor: Prof. Kenny Q. Zhu
    Collaborator: Zhiyi Luo, Frank F. Xu, Hanyuan Shi, Shi Feng


  1. Mining Cross-Cultural Differences and Similarities in Social Media.
    Bill Yuchen Lin, Frank F. Xu, Kenny Q. Zhu, Seung-won Hwang
    (to appear) in Proc. of ACL 2018

  2. Automatic Extraction of Commonsense LocatedNear Knowledge.
    Frank F. Xu, Bill Yuchen Lin, Kenny Q. Zhu
    (to appear) in Proc. of ACL 2018

  3. Multi-channel BiLSTM-CRF Model for Emerging Named Entity Recognition in Social Media.
    Bill Y. Lin, Frank F. Xu, Zhiyi Luo, Kenny Q. Zhu
    in Proc. of EMNLP 2017, Workshop on Noisy User-generated Text

  4. Dynamic Detection of Communities and Their Evolutions in Temporal Social Networks.
    Yaowei Huang, Jinghuan Shang, Bill Y. Lin, Luoyi Fu, Xinbing Wang
    in the Proc. of AAAI 2018, Student Abstract

  5. Transfer Learning for Traffic Speed Prediction: A Preliminary Study.
    Bill Y. Lin, Frank F. Xu, Eve Q. Liao, Kenny Q. Zhu
    (to appear) in Proc. of AAAI 2018, Workshop on Smart Internet of Things

  6. Cross-region traffic prediction for China on OpenStreetMap.
    Frank F. Xu, Bill Y. Lin, Qi Lu, Yifei Huang, Kenny Q. Zhu
    in Proc. of ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016, International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science


Twitter Instgram

  1. BiLL = Beauty in Language Learning!
  2. I a current editor of Linguistic Lunch (语言学午餐), a linguistic blog in Chinese based on WeChat Official Account (@ling-lunch). We discover interesting knowledge about languages from everyday life. We currently have almost 180k followers.
  3. I'm a huge fan of American situation comedy series, such as Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, Friends, The Big Bang Theory, etc. :)

Last Update: May, 2018