Short Bio

I am an Associate Professor at the Linguistics Department of the University of Washington. Many of my students come from CLMS program, and our CompLing lab is called the Treehouse. Before joining UW in 2005, I was a Research Staff Member at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center at Yorktown Heights, New York.

I received my B.Sc. from the CS Department at Peking University, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the CIS Department at the University of Pennsylvania. My thesis advisors were Drs. Martha Palmer and Aravind Joshi. At UPenn, I was the team leader of the Chinese Treebank Project and a team member of the XTAG Project. My dissertation is here.

My research area is computational linguistics. My current research is outlined here.

On a personal note, I am married with two children. I am not a Tiger Mom. I am more like a Fox Mom, as in an old Japanese movie called "the story of the fox". Like many people, I underestimated how hard it was to be a good parent. I am still learning after all these years.

As for my hobbies, I love music. After listening to my kids play piano for the past n years, I have a new appreciation for classic music. My favorite composers are Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Chopin. I enjoy novels, but the problem is that if I start reading a good one, I cannot stop until I finish the whole book. Given my schedule, I can only read short ones.

I love to travel. I have been to 25+ countries and usually visit two or three countries each year. My favorite experience so far includes Charles Bridge at Prague, Pergamon Museum at Berlin, boat hopping at Stockholm, the Palace of Versailles, Tower of London, pre-historical temples in Malta, piazzas/basilicas/gelato at Rome, ruin of Pompeii, ancient sites at Athens/Olympia/Delphi/Ephesus, rock formation in Cappadocia, desert bash at Dubai, Loi Kratong Festival in Chiang Mai, Cu Chi Tunnel near Saigon, backwater boat trip at Kochi, and sunset at Taj Mahal. I have never been to Africa or South Americas. At the top of my to-do list are Inca Trail and Machu Picchu in Peru, Amazon Rainforest, Kruger National Park in South Africa, Petra in Jordan, Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, and many more.


Last modified on 01/23/2013