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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 Ph.D. at Max Planck Institute & ETH. Her research goals are two-fold: (1) to expand the impact of NLP by promoting NLP for social good, and (2) to improve NLP models by connecting NLP with causal inference. She is co-supervised by Prof Bernhard Schoelkopf at Max Planck Institute (main supervisor), Prof Rada Mihalcea at University of Michigan (as a mentor), and Prof Mrinmaya Sachan and Prof Ryan Cotterell (co-supervision through ELLIS program) at ETH Zürich. 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 EMNLP 2022, and RobustML workshop at ICLR 2021. To support the NLP research community, she organizes the ACL Year-Round Mentorship Program. To foster the causality research community, she is the Publications Chair for the 1st conference on Causal Learning and Reasoning (CLeaR), and organizes the Tutorial on CausalNLP at EMNLP 2022. More information can be checked on her personal website: zhijing-jin.com

More Personal Intro

With a goal to do life-long research on languages and human intelligence, I am a PhD working on 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.

Prior to my PhD, I was a research intern at Amazon AI (2019-2020), supervised by Prof Zheng Zhang, Prof Xipeng Qiu and Dr. David Wipf. Previously, I obtained my bachelor’s degree (1st Class Honors) from the University of Hong Kong with my bachelor thesis supervised by Prof Benjamin Kao. I published during my undergrad 5 NLP papers at top conferences (incl. AAAI, ACL, EMNLP, NAACL, AAHPM). During undergrad, I had visiting semesters at MIT and National Taiwan University. For most of my papers during undergrad, I worked remotely with the Clinical Decision Group of Prof Peter Szolovits at MIT CSAIL, and I also 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 Motivations

My long-term mission is to fight for all people’s reasonable access to survival and pursuit of what they love (in Chinese: 为天地立心,为生民立命,为往圣继绝学,为万世开太平).

My short-term mission is to do as good research as possible, so that I won’t have any regrets in my academic career path.

My deep interests: epistemology (the science of science and all things we do), AI for decision-making (including policy making, organizational design, and life coaching; I really like this newsletter). Feel free to contact me for interdisciplinary research.

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.