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Email: zhijing.jin@connect.hku.hk
(Preferred communication languages: German, Japanese, English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Wu Chinese, Classical Chinese, and Python.)

Bio for Invited Talks

Zhijing Jin (she/her) is a 1st-year Ph.D. working on NLP & Causality. Her work aims to building more robust NLP models with causality, and using NLP & causality for policy analysis for social good. She is co-supervised by Prof Bernhard Schoelkopf at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Tübingen, Germany, Prof Rada Mihalcea at University of Michigan, and Prof Mrinmaya Sachan and Prof Ryan Cotterell (through ELLIS program) at ETH Zürich. Previously, she was a research intern at Amazon AI (2019-2020). She has published at many NLP and AI venues (e.g., AAAI, ACL, EMNLP, NAACL, COLING, AISTATS), and NLP for healthcare venues (e.g., AAHPM, JPSM). Her work has been cited in MIT News, ACM TechNews, WeVolver, VentureBeat, and Synced. She is actively involved in AI for social good, as the organizer of NLP for Positive Impact Workshop at ACL 2021, and RobustML workshop at ICLR 2021. She is a member of the global movement of Effective Altruism (EA). Personal website: zhijing-jin.com

More Personal Intro

With a goal to do life-long research on languages and human intelligence, I am now an applied scientist intern at Amazon AI Lab with Prof Zheng Zhang. In Fall 2020, I will start my PhD in Natural Language Processing (NLP). I am engaged in Effective Altruism (EA), a social movement to involve people in doing good in (proveably) the most efficient way. My dream is to be a professor and actively promote AI for social good.

With an undergraduate degree (1st Honors) from the University of Hong Kong in 2019, I published during my undergrad 5 NLP papers at top conferences (incl. AAAI, ACL, EMNLP, NAACL, AAHPM). For most of my papers during undergrad, I worked remotely with the Clinical Decision Group of Prof Peter Szolovits at MIT CSAIL. My undergraduate research thesis was supervised by Prof Benjamin Kao at the University of Hong Kong. During 2017 – 2018, I was selected to the Special Student Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I worked on NLP algorithms and applications to clinical decisions, with Enrico Santus at MIT and Prof Charlotta Lindvall at Harvard Medical School.

Here is my CV and Goodreads account.

My Skill Set

I am passionate about bringing changes to the world. Here is my skill set besides AI research.

Languages that I master

  • English (1st* by the total number of speakers)
  • Mandarin (2nd)
  • German (12th)
  • Japanese (13th)
  • Yue Chinese/Cantonese (17th)
  • Wu Chinese (21th)
  • Literary Chinese (used in 1300BC-1949AD)

*Statistics from Ethnologue (Mar 2019)

CS Skills

  • Programming: Python, Javascript, NodeJS, PHP, CSS, HTML, Excel VBA, Java, C/C++, MySQL
  • Design: Photoshop, Unity, WordPress, Prezi, Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)

People I Respect

  • Aristotle, Descartes, Russell (for their mastery of philosophy + math/physics + other insightful opinions on life and the world)
  • Jesus, Buddha (for being strong spiritual leaders)
  • People who build insightful, sustainable political systems
  • Judea Pearl, Nassim Taleb (for being a thought-breaker, and paradigm-shifter)
  • Rada Mihalcea, Mister Rogers (for being extremely kind, considerate, and humanitarian)
  • Stuart Russell (for leading a thinking trend in both academia and society, and managing to have so many talents to follow his insights)
  • Steve Jobs (for designing and promoting great tech devices that change lives)
  • Interesting figures in Chinese history: Xuanzang 玄奘 (for strong will power, firm belief, debate skills, multilingualism, ability to spread his tenants), Zhang Zhidong 张之洞 (for being a solid traditional literati, and strong politician with an open mindset when the western people opens China).

More About me

If interested, please feel free to email me at zhijing.jin@connect.hku.hk

*More info: My Chinese name is 金致静. I graduated from the key class (1507届科创班) at No.2 High School of East China Normal University (华东师大二附中), Shanghai, China.