Department of Linguistics
University of British Columbia
Hi there! I am currently an assistant professor at the Linguistics Department at the University of British Columbia and an instructor for the UBC MDS-CL Program. I am primarily interested in spoken language processing, natural language processing and computational social science, with a focus on multilingual speech recognition/alignment, spoken information retrieval and the language dynamics in online communities. Trained as both a linguist and an engineer, I combine linguistic theories with data-driven methods in NLP, network science and machine learning.
Before that, I was a post-doctoral research fellow at Blablablab, UMSI. I had obtained my Ph.D. in Linguistics and Scientific Computing from the Department Linguistics and the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery & Engineering at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. During my Ph.D. years, I was fortunately advised by Pam Beddor and David Jurgens.
EMNLP FindingsBootstrapping meaning through listening: Unsupervised learning of spoken sentence embeddingsIn Findings of Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing 2022
InterspeechByT5 model for massively multilingual grapheme-to-phoneme conversionInterspeech 2022
ICASSPPhone-to-audio alignment without text: A Semi-supervised ApproachIEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing 2022
EMNLPIdiosyncratic but not Arbitrary: Learning Idiolects in Online Registers Reveals Distinctive yet Consistent Individual StylesIn Proceedings of the 2021 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing Nov 2021
NAACLThe structure of online social networks modulates the rate of lexical changeIn Proceedings of the 2021 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies Jun 2021