Wenlin Yao

Ph.D. Candidate

TAMU Natural Language Processing group
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Email: wenlinyao@tamu.edu

Biography

Hello! I am a 5th year Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of Texas A&M University (TAMU), College Station under the supervision of Prof. Ruihong Huang. I got my Bachelor's degree from Dalian University of Technology (DUT) in June, 2015.
I visited Advanced Integrated Cyber-Physical Systems (AICPS) Lab at University of California, Irvine as a student researcher in 2014 working on Parallelization of the H.264 on GPU Architecture.

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in the general area of Artificial Intelligence, with emphasis on Natural Language Processing, Information Extraction, Machine Learning. I derive great delight from solving challenging problems in these areas! Now, I'm working on Weakly Supervised Learning, event relations extraction, and event common-sense knowledge acquisition.

Herbert A. Simon said that human intelligence is just the rule-governed manipulation of symbols. I believe one day machines could achieve the same capacity of human's intelligence. I dream to commit myself to this challenge and to make human life better. But “of course, AI itself is just part of a grander scheme driving the universe from simple initial conditions to more and more unfathomable complexity. Finally, even this awesome process may be just a tiny part of the even grander, optimally efficient computation of all logically possible universes.” --Jürgen Schmidhuber

Professional Experience

Publication

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant (CSCE 633 - Machine Learning), TAMU, Spring 2019
Teaching Assistant (CSCE 638 - Natural Language Processing Foundation and Techniques), TAMU, Fall 2018
Teaching Assistant (CSCE 420 - ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE), TAMU, Spring 2017/Fall 2017

Selected Honors & Awards

Outstanding Graduate Award (Awarded to top 5%), DUT 2015
Outstanding Academic Performance Scholarship (5%), DUT 2014
National Scholarship (1%), DUT 2013
Scientific Research Scholarship (4%), DUT 2013, 2012
Second Prize, 1st “China Software Cup” College Student Software Design Competition(20/1687), Aug.2012

Service

Program Committee Member: AAAI 2020, EMNLP-IJCNLP 2019, ACL 2019, NAACL 2019, EMNLP 2018, NLPCC 2018, NLPCC 2017.

More about Me

I practised Chinese traditional calligraphy for several years when I was in primary school. It is a great hobby for which I am proud of and it makes me relax after work.

When I studied in No.1 Middle School of Zhengzhou, I also took much effort to participate in National Mathematical Olympiad in Senior. Euclidean plane geometry is my favorite discipline and in my opinion, Nine-point circle theorem is the most elegant Math theorem.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.