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I'm actively recruiting students who are excited about doing fun research. Our lab has opennings for PhD students (RAs) and visiting MS/undergrad students (USC or external). If fitting to the following cases, you are welcomed to drop me an email introducing yourself :)
In your email, please try to include the following information:
Q1: What kinds of research we will be doing?
A1: The lab's research interets span from data mining to natural language processing to applied machine learning, with a particular focus on "knowledge acquisition" --- mining machine-readable knowledge (like entities and relationships) from unstructured text data. Problem-wise, we're interested in information extraction, knowledge representation and reasoning, information network analysis and text mining. Method-wise, we study weakly-supervised learning, learning with noisy and partial labels, learning with complex label space, neural sequence models, structure prediction models and sequence-to-sequence learning. Application-wise, we automatically construct large-scale knowledge graphs for different domains (biomedical, law, finance), and build systems for querying and analyzing such knowledge graphs to facilitate intelligent services.
Q2: Basic requirements for doing PhD with me?
A2: I'm looking for students who (1) could prove or demonstrate a solid mathmatical background (e.g., research publications, reference letters, strong performance in relevant courses); (2) could code proficiently (e.g., active contributions to repos on Github, experiences on large-scale systems development, reference letters); and (3) have good writing / communication skills (e.g., writing samples, videos on your talk, skype interviews).
Q3: How to increase your chance of being admitted?
A3: (1) Anything that can prove your strong research skills, ranging from publications in good conferences and journals, to research experiences in relevant and reputed research groups; (2) Anything that can showcase you have great potentials for doing research, from good GPA, rank and awards, to strong reference letters from regarded folks.