Short Bio

I am a professor at the Linguistics Department of the University of Washington. Many of my students come from the 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. I am a co-organizer of the UW/Microsoft Symposium.

On a personal note, I am the mother of two wonderful 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. The best part of being a parent is to help your kids grow and grow with them. Being a parent means to respect your children, understand them, support them, learn from them, and love them unconditionally.

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 love badminton, and play 3-5 times per week. I enjoy reading, but due to my busy schedule, I listen to audiobooks most of the time.

Travel has become an essential part of my life. I have been to 45+ countries and usually visit two new countries each year. Here is the top of my bucket list for travel. Here is my favorite experience so far. My next trips are to Africa, South America, South Asia, and Antarctica.


Last modified on 1/12/2019