About me

I am a second-year PhD student in Language Science at the University of California, Irvine, where I work with Dr. Richard Futrell on psychological and computational aspects 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) noisy-channel rational inference in real-time language comprehension;
  • (ii) the neural basis of language processing and adaptation;
  • (iii) the meaning representation and interpretability of NLP models.

I use behavioral, electrophysiological methods (e.g. eye-tracking, self-paced reading, EEG), as well as information-theoretical computational models with state-of-the-art NLP models.

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.