I am a first-year PhD student in Language Science at the University of California, Irvine, where I work with Dr. Richard Futrell on psychological and computational asepcts of sentence comprehension. Before joining UCI, I worked with Dr. Allyson Ettinger and Dr. Ming Xiang at the University of Chicago. My research build bridges between human brains and machines, addressing how human language is represented and processed in mind, and how it is different from machine language. I am concerned with
- (i) the temporal and hierarchical aspects of syntactic and semantic processing in real-time language comprehension;
- (ii) the nature of neural representation involved in language processing;
- (iii) interaction between psychological experiments and NLP models.
I use behavioral, electrophysiological methods (e.g. eye-tracking, self-paced reading, EEG), as well as computational modeling with state-of-the-art NLP models (e.g. GloVe, LSTM, transformers).
I was born and raised in Taiyuan, a small town in northern China known for minerals. Besides, I speak Mandarin, Chinese Jin dialect, Cantonese, and Japanese. I am foodie of Cantonese cuisine and play games on Nintendo Switch and Steam.