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Yuling Gu


Upcoming/current activities:

  • Summer 2021: I'm a Research Intern on the Aristo team at Allen Institute for AI.

Past activites highlight:

  • Early August 2021: Presented (virtually) at the Unimplicit workshop (at ACL-IJCNLP 2021).
  • Late October 2020: Presented (virtually) at Interspeech 2020.
  • Late September 2020: Joined UW to begin my graduate studies!
  • July 2020: My paper on Singaporean children's speech got accepted at Interspeech 2020!
  • May 2020: Graduated summa cum laude from NYU!
  • Early December 2019: San Diego, California for 178th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (2 Poster Presentations)
  • Late October 2019: NYU CAS alumni-student debate. The Motion: "The Benefits of the Development of Artificial Intelligence Outweigh the Harms."
  • Early October 2019: Orlando, FL for the Grace Hopper Celebration (1 of only 4 undergraduate representatives from Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences)
  • Late July 2019: Florence, Italy for ACL 2019 (Poster presentation)

Other interesting news:



    Research Intern: Aristo team, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (Summer 2021)

  • We propose a daydreaming framework to allow models to dynamically learn from imagined experiences, develop creative problem solving, and exploit useful interaction with emotions when dealing with scenarios. We then demonstrate how these techniques might enable LMs to better understand and answer situation-based questions.

  • Research assistant: Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU (Summer 2018 - Spring 2020)

    Honors Thesis Project: Detecting Event Duration in Text (Spring 2019 - Spring 2020)

  • Supervised by Prof. Ernest Davis. Use various classifiers, word and sentence representations, as well as linguistics theories to automatically detect temporal relations implicitly conveyed in texts (different levels: from single event description to multiple sentences); Analyze the performance of Transformer-based state-of-the-art models in detecting implicit meaning from a psycholinguistics perspective

  • Can dependency parsing help event extraction in text? (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)

  • Supervised by Prof. Ralph Grishman. Investigate the contribution of information from dependency parsing, Named Entity (NE) tagging, and Part Of Speech (POS) tagging in event extraction, beyond a baseline that uses pretrained BERT sentence representation

  • Integrated Customization Environment for Information Extraction (ICE) (Summer 2019)

  • Supervised by Prof. Ralph Grishman. Experiment with different classifiers, together with grammatical linguistics insights, to automatically distinguish prepositional phrases as adjuncts or arguments (achieved 88% accurate prediction of the adjunct/argument distinction using linguistics theories alone)

  • Termolator: A terminology extraction system (Summer 2018 - Fall 2018)

  • Supervised by Prof. Adam Meyers. Refine the English Termolator's distributional metrics; Further develop the Chinese Termolator; Integrate past 5 years' developments to unify the two systems (my contributions:, integrated to full system on July 2020)

  • Independent study project: Commonsense Reasoning (Summer 2018)

  • Supervised by Prof. Ernest Davis. Look into English-Chinese Machine Translation failures; Design Winograd schemas and compile pronoun disambiguation problems; Toward Annotating Commonsense Inferences in Text (TACIT) annotation

  • Research Intern: Human Language Technology Group (Winter 2014 - Spring 2021)

    Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR, Singapore, Singapore

  • Characterizing Singaporean, American, and British English acoustic and pronunciation patterns in children's speech using unsupervised clustering (supervised by Dr. Nancy F. Chen); Chinese tone perception in Singaporean and native Chinese Mandarin speakers; Investigating tone in whispered Mandarin (jointly supervised by Dr. Boon Pang Lim and Dr. Nancy F. Chen)

Other work experience

Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences (CIMS), NYU

Grader for Artificial Intelligence course under Professor Ernest Davis (Fall 2019)

Grader for Basic Algorithms course under Professor Victor Shoup (Spring 2019)


    Conference Papers:

  • Yuling Gu and Nancy F. Chen (2020). “Characterization of Singaporean Children's English: Comparisons to American and British Counterparts using Archetypal Analysis”. Proceedings of Interspeech 2020. Presented at Interspeech 2020, Shanghai, China (virtual conference).[Full PDF]

  • Yuling Gu, Boon Pang Lim and Nancy F. Chen (2016). “Perception of tone in whispered Mandarin sentences: the case for Singapore Mandarin”. Proceedings of Interspeech 2016. Poster presented at Interspeech 2016, San Francisco, CA, USA. [Full PDF]

  • Workshops/Abstracts:

  • Yuling Gu (2021). “Transformer-based language models and complement coercion: Experimental studies". UnImplicit: The First Workshop on Understanding Implicit and Underspecified Language. Poster presented at the UnImplicit workshop at ACL-IJCNLP 2021, Bangkok, Thailand (virtual conference). [Underline link] [Poster]

  • Yuling Gu and Nancy F. Chen (2019). “Large-scale acoustic characterization of mid-low vowels across American, British, and Singaporean children". The Journal of Acoustical Society of America, Volume 146, Issue 4. Poster presented at 178th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in San Diego, CA, USA. [Abstract] [Poster]

  • Yuling Gu and Nancy F. Chen (2019). “Acoustic characterization of Singaporean children’s English with American and British counterparts: A case study on approximants". The Journal of Acoustical Society of America, Volume 146, Issue 4. Poster presented at 178th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in San Diego, CA, USA. [Abstract] [Poster]

  • Yuling Gu and Nancy F. Chen (2019). “Acoustic Characterization of Singaporean Children’s English: Comparisons to American and British Counterparts”. Widening NLP workshop 2019. Poster presented at WiNLP workshop at ACL 2019, Florence, Italy. [Full PDF] [Abstract]

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