Chen Zhao

Postdoctoral Researcher
Computer Science, New York University

60 Fifth Ave
New York, NY, 10011

Email: cz1285 [at] nyu [dot] edu
[CV] [github]

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Computer Science, New York University, mentored by Prof. Kyunghyun Cho and Prof. He He. I am a member of the ML2 lab and the CILVR group.
I did my Ph.D. at the Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland, College Park, advised by Prof. Jordan Boyd-Graber and Prof. Hal Daumé III. Throughout my graduate studies, I spent several summers doing internships in industry, including Microsoft Semantic Machines, DMX group and IDEAS group at Microsoft Research.
My main research interest is in natural language processing. My goal is to equip intelligent agents with reasoning capacities and deploy them into real-world. Recent directions include: (1) Open-domain Question Answering: How to use unstructured text as corpus to answer questions that require complex reasoning (e.g., multi-hop QA); (2) Semantic Parsing over Tables: How to use structured tables to answer questions that are highly compositional, and often need complex operations (e.g., counting or sorting) over multiple entries; (3) Generalization and Calibration: After we build the agents (e.g., QA systems), how to ensure these agents can generalize to new domains, and provide reliable confidence estimates over distribution shifts.

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I am a bridge player, I love this game. Every year I play some top-level tournaments(e.g., North American Bridge Championships and World Series) depending on time availability. In 2018, I played for China junior Team for the 2018 World Junior Championship.

During the corona time (2020, 2021), I enjoyed playing top-level online tournements (e.g., ALT, OCBL), but i really miss playing real (i.e., face to face) tournaments.

Recent Achievements:

2022 Spring NABC (Reno USA). Finished in round of 16 in Vanderbilt, with Simon de Wijs, Bauke Muller, Zia Mahmood and David Gold.

2021 Fall NABC (Austin USA). Finished in round of 32 in Soloway KO teams, with Steve Chen, Jian-Jian Wang, and Jun Shi.

2020 Minor ALT Invitational II (Bridge Base Online). Finished in second place, with Simon de Wijs, Bauke Muller, Choon Chou Loo, Gideon Tan, Ricco van Prooijen and Louk Verhees.

2019 Fall NABC (San Fransisco, USA). Finished in round of 16 in Soloway KO teams, with Jing Liu, Linlin Hu and Dunga Liu.

2019 Summer NABC (Las Vegas, USA). Finished in round of 32 in Spingold (lost to team Zimmerman), with Jing Liu, Linlin Hu and Dunga Liu.

2019 Spring NABC (Memphis, USA). 9th in Jocaby Open Swiss Teams, with Jing Liu, Simon De Wijs and Bauke Muller.

2018 World Series (Orlando, USA). 8th in Open Pairs, with Jing Liu.

2018 World Junior Championship (Wujiang, China). Finished in round of 8, with Qingfeng Wang, Benjie Miao, Sijia Gu, Kai Jin and Jinhao Dong.

2018 Spring NABC (Philadelphia, USA). Finished in round of 8 in Vanderbilt, with Jing Liu, Hua Poon and Choon Chou Loo.