Bill Yuchen Lin

I am a first-year Ph.D. student in CS at the University of Southern California and Information Science Institute (USC/ISI). As a member of the Intelligence and Knowledge Discovery (INK) Research Lab, I am working with Prof. Xiang Ren. Pirorly, I got my bachelor degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, where 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, Machine Learning, and Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). [CV]


2019-01-10:  Will take a research internship at Google AI in the comming summer!
2018-11-11:  Had my very first travel in Europe for the EMNLP! Love Paris, Amsterdam, and Brussels!!!
2018-08-10:  Two papers accepted to EMNLP 2018 !!
2018-07-24:  Attended the ACL 2018 and had a wonderful travel in Melbourne & 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 accepted 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.


  1. Neural Adaptation Layers for Cross-domain Named Entity Recognition.
    Bill Yuchen Lin and Wei Lu
    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
    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


  • Reviewer: EMNLP 2018, EMNLP 2017 W-NUT
  • Student Volunteer: ACL 2018

Honors & 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 Excellence Scholarship, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2016-2017
  8. Academic Progress Scholarship, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2016-2017


  1. A curated list of papers dedicated to Information Extraction (2018)
    Sept. 8, 2018
    This reading list consists of papers dedicated to information extraction (IE) in the proceedings of ACL/EMNLP/NAACL/AAAI/COLING 2018. It is an ongoing project!



  • ADAPT Lab, SJTU, China
    Research Assistant
    w/ Prof. Kenny Q. Zhu
    May. 2016 -- Jun. 2018
    Focus: Domain Adaptation, Named Entity Recognition, Knowledge Graph Representation

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

  • StatNLP Group, SUTD, Singapore
    Visiting Fellow
    w/ Prof. Wei Lu
    Jun. 2017 -- Sept. 2017
    Focus: Text Mining, Knowledge Discovery, Relation Extraction, Spatiotemporal Data Mining, etc.

  • IIoT Research Center, SJTU, China
    Research Assistant
    w/ Prof. Xinbing Wang
    Mar. 2017 -- Jun. 2017
    Focus: Temporal Social Network Analysis


  • BiLL = Beauty in (machine) Learning for Language! Will be always 'Bill Yuchen Lin' on publications to be consistent with previous papers, but feel free to call me 'Yu-Chen' or 'Lin' if you'd like to. ('Yu-chen' pronounced like replacing the 'kit' in 'kitchen' with the letter 'Q', so 'Q-chen'. Very easy, right? :) )
  • 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.
  • I'm a huge fan of situation comedy series, such as Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, Friends, The Big Bang Theory, Trial&Error.