Yiren Wang 


I’m a third year Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I’m a member of the Text Information Management and Analysis (TIMAN) group, supervised by Professor ChengXiang Zhai.

In general, my research interests are at the intersection of natural language processing and machine learning. Recently, I am working on neural machine translation and language modeling. I am also interested in AI in financial domain, including text mining and machine learning for time series prediction.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D. Student in Computer Science,   August 2016 — Present
– Supervised by Prof. ChengXiang Zhai
– Interested in natural language processing and machine learning

Tsinghua University (Beijing, China)
B.Eng. in Electronic Engineering,   August 2012 — July 2016


    • Depth Growing for Neural Machine Translation
      Lijun Wu*, Yiren Wang*, Yingce Xia, Fei Tian, Fei Gao, Tao Qin and Tie-Yan Liu.
      In 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL-19)
      [To Appear] * = equal contribution
    • Multi-Agent Dual Learning
      Yiren Wang, Yingce Xia, Tianyu He, Fei Tian, Tao Qin, ChengXiang Zhai and Tie-Yan Liu.
      In Seventh International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR-19)
    • Non-Autoregressive Machine Translation with Auxiliary Regularization
      Yiren Wang, Fei Tian, Di He, Tao Qin, ChengXiang Zhai and Tie-Yan Liu.
      In Thirty-Third AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-19)
    • A Study of Feature Construction for Text-based Forecasting of Time Series Variables
      Yiren Wang*, Dominic Seyler*, Shubhra Kanti Karmaker Santu and ChengXiang Zhai.
      In 2017 International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM-17)
      [PDF]. * = equal contribution
    • Recurrent Residual Learning for Sequence Classification
      Yiren Wang, Fei Tian.
      In 2016 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP-16)

Honors and Awards

      • Champion of WMT2019 News Translation Competition in four translation tasks: English->German, German->English, German->French and French->German
      • Stars of Tomorrow Internship Award, Microsoft Research Asia, May 2019
      • EMNLP Student Scholarship for attending EMNLP 2016, November 2016
      • Tsinghua Excellent Undergraduate Student, July 2016
      • Tsinghua – Hengda Scholarship, October 2015
      • Meritorious Winner in American Mathematical Contest in Modeling, March 2015
      • Tsinghua – Tecent Innovation Scholarship, October 2014

Research Experiences

Facebook Research
Research Intern in Facebook AI Applied Research,   May 2019 — August 2019

Microsoft Research Asia
Research Intern in Machine Learning Group,   May 2018 — May 2019
– Mentored by Associated Researcher Yingce Xia and Senior Researcher Tao Qin;
– Research in deep learning for machine translation.

Jump Trading
Research Consultant in Jump Lab @ UIUC,   September 2017 — April 2018
– Research in text mining for time series prediction.

Visa Research
Research Intern in Data Analytics Group,   June 2017 — August 2017
– Mentored by Principal Researcher Wei Zhang;
– Research in RNN-based models for fraud detection on financial transactions.

Microsoft Research Asia
Research Intern in Machine Learning Group,   November 2015 — June 2016
– Mentored by Lead Researcher Tao Qin;
– Research in deep learning for natural language processing tasks, including text classification and sequence generation.

Teaching Experiences