(Bill) Yuchen Lin


I am a first-year Ph.D. student in CS at the University of Southern California and Informaiton Science Institute (USC/ISI). I got my bachelar degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and I was a member of the IEEE Honor Class. I was a visiting fellow of StatNLP Group at SUTD and a research intern at Microsoft Research Asia. My current research interests include Natural Language Processing, Knowledge Graph, Machine Learning, etc.

"We were language’s magpies by nature, stealing whatever sounded bright and shiny." —— Salman Rushdie
2018-08-10:  Two papers accpeted to EMNLP 2018 !!
2018-07-24:  Attended the ACL 2018 and had a wonderful travel at Melbourne and Sydney!
2018-06-27:  Succeeded in my Bachelor's Thesis Defense and earned Best Thesis Award (Top 1% at SJTU & 1st in the CSE Department.)
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 at USC/ISI with an Annenberg Fellowship Award 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 (Aug. 2018 -- Present)
Advisor: Prof. Xiang Ren

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

Member of IEEE Honor Class
B.Meng. in Computer Science (Sept. 2014 -- Jun. 2018)
Advisor: Prof. Kenny Q. Zhu
Thesis: Common-Sense Knowledge Graph Constuction and Representation
(Best Thesis Award, Top 1% at SJTU & 1st in the CSE Department.)

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


  1. Neural Adaptation Layers for Cross-domain Named Entity Recognition.
    Bill Yuchen Lin and Wei Lu
    (to appear) in Proc. of EMNLP 2018

  2. ExtRA: Extracting Prominent Review Aspects from Customer Feedback.
    Zhiyi Luo, Shanshan Huang, Frank F. Xu, Bill Yuchen Lin, Hanyuan Shi and Kenny Q. Zhu
    (to appear) in Proc. of EMNLP 2018

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

  4. Automatic Extraction of Commonsense LocatedNear Knowledge.
    Frank F. Xu, Bill Yuchen Lin and Kenny Q. Zhu
    in Proc. of ACL 2018

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

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

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

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

Honors and Awards

  1. Travel Support for ACL2018, ACL Walker Fund, 2018
  2. Best Bachelor Thesis Award (Top 1% at SJTU & 1st in the CSE Department), Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2018
  3. Annenberg Fellowship Award, University of Southern California, 2018
  4. Yuanqing Yang's Scholarship (CNY 25k), the foundation of Class 1988 in CS@Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2018
  5. Qide Scholarship, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2018
  6. Shanghai Scholarship, Shanghai Municipal People's Government, 2016-2017
  7. Academic Excellentce Scholarship, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2016-2017
  8. Academic Progress Scholarship, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2016-2017



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: Aug, 2018