Yangyi Chen


CS PhD Student @ UIUC | YangyiChen6666 [AT] gmail.com

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[2024.6]. Serve as an Area Chair/Action Editor for ACL, EMNLP, ARR.

[2024.5]. 1 paper accepted to ICML 2024.

[2024.3]. 2 papers accepted to NAACL 2024 (1 outstanding paper).

[2024.2]. 1 paper accepted to CVPR 2024.

[2024.1]. 2 papers accepted to ICLR 2024.

[2023]. ……


I’m a second-year CS Ph.D. student at UIUC. I’m advised by Prof. Heng Ji and I also collaborate with Prof. Hao Peng. The long-term goal of my research is to build aligned and interactive AI systems to address challenges that remain unresolved even for human capabilities. To achieve this goal, my current research primarily concentrates on multimodal and large language models, aiming to establish fundamental approaches to address the following challenges:

In my undergraduate years, I was a research intern at THUNLP advised by Prof. Zhiyuan Liu. In the early stages of my research, I worked closely with Dr. Fanchao Qi and received great help from him. Also, I am delighted to work with Prof. Wei Wei and Prof. Dawn Song.

I’m excited about the discussion and collaboration! Feel free to drop me an email if you are interested or have questions about my work.

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Area Chair/Action Editor

2024: ACL/ARR (Feb), ARR (Apr), EMNLP/ARR (Jun)


2024: COLM, ICML

2023: ICLR, EMNLP, EMNLP Industry Track, NeurIPS, NeurIPS D&B Track, ARR (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec), ACL (Outstanding Award), IEEE T-IFS

2022: NeurIPS D&B Track, EMNLP, ARR (Dec)

Assistant: AAAI 2022, ARR 2022 (Jan), EMNLP 2021, ARR 2021 (Oct, Nov)


When I was young (around 20), I enjoyed playing the piano and basketball. When I started doing research, my interests changed and I quickly fell in love with food and soap operas. But always, I am a big fan of milk tea!!