william yang wang

I am a 4th-year PhD candidate at the Language Technologies Institute (LTI)  of the School of Computer ScienceCarnegie Mellon University. My advisor is Prof. William W. Cohen of the Machine Learning Department (MLD). The best way to reach me is through email: ww@cmu.edu.

I have broad interests in machine learning approaches to language technologies. Previously, I received my M.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University. My advisors at Columbia were Prof. Kathy McKeown  and Prof. Julia Hirschberg. In Fall 2012 and Summer of 2012, I was a research intern at Microsoft Research, working with my mentors Dan Bohus, Ece Kamar, and Eric Horvitz on crowd-sourcing approaches to the acquisition of natural language corpora and machine learning approaches to open-world learning. From 2011 to 2012, I was the R. K. Mellon Presidential Fellow, working with Prof. Justine Cassell and Prof. Alan W. Black on sparse log-linear models for predicting impoliteness and positivity in peer tutoring sessions. In the Summer of 2010, I was a visiting researcher in  Prof. David Traum's natural language dialogue group at the  Institute for Creative Technology University of Southern California. From 2008 to 2009, I was a research assistant at Ambient Intelligent and Multimodal System Lab,  Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) /Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Prior to that, I worked with Dr. J.Y. Chen  on Semantic P2P Search and received my B.E. Summa Cum Laude in Computer Science from Shenzhen University in 2009. 

I publish regularly at top conferences and journals including ACL, CIKM, EMNLP, COLING, SIGDIAL, IJCNLP, INTERSPEECH, ICASSP, ASRU, SLT, Machine Learning, and Computer Speech & Language. I review for journals including IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing (2010),  IEEE Signal Processing Letters (2011), IEEE Communications Letters  (2010, 2011), Educational Research Review (2012) , Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST)  (2012, 2014 x 2), Bioinformatics (2013), Journal of Medical Internet Research (2013, 2014), Artificial Intelligence (2014), and IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing (2013 x 3, 2014). I have organized many conferences and workshops, and most recently, I served as the session chair for the data mining and machine learning session at CIKM 2013 and two text data mining sessions at CIKM 2014. I have received a Best Student Paper Award at ASRU 2013, Best Paper Honorable Mention Awards at CIKM 2013 and FLAIRS 2011, the Richard King Mellon Presidential Fellowship in 2011, and a Facebook Fellowship Finalist Award in 2014. Besides academia, I do live in the real world. I have a National Badminton Coaching Certificate from State General Administration of Sports, China. I also keep a NLP/ML/speech microblog (in Chinese) where I have 25,000+ followers. In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities in state and national parks, as well as watching the Giallorossi games. Currently, my favorite player is the ninja Radja Nainggolan.