Zhiying (Gin) Jiang

"If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn't."

My wife @Phi drew this Don't Starve character of me


Hi, I’m Gin, a PhD student at University of Waterloo, supervised by Professor Jimmy Lin. Before coming to Canada, I spent four years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and did research at Blender, supervised by Professor Heng Ji.

On a high level, I’m mainly interested in understanding and improving machine learning. Generalization and interpretability are two topics that I’m mostly enthusiastic about, from theory to applications. I also love information theory for its elegancy and how it connects to machine learning.

Besides machine learning, I also love food science and neuroscience.

Selected Publications

  1. BlackBoxNLP
    How Does BERT Rerank Passages? An Attribution Analysis with Information Bottlenecks
    Jiang, Zhiying, Tang, Raphael, Xin, Ji, and Lin, Jimmy
    In Proceedings of the Fourth BlackboxNLP Workshop on Analyzing and Interpreting Neural Networks for NLP 2021
  2. EMNLP2020
    Inserting Information Bottleneck for Attribution in Transformers
    Jiang, Zhiying, Tang, Raphael, Xin, Ji, and Lin, Jimmy
    In Proceedings of the 2020 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing: Findings 2020
  3. EMNLP2020
    Document Ranking with a Pretrained Sequence-to-Sequence Model
    Nogueira, Rodrigo*, Jiang, Zhiying*, Pradeep, Ronak, and Lin, Jimmy
    In Proceedings of the 2020 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing: Findings 2020
  4. ACL2019
    PaperRobot: Incremental Draft Generation of Scientific Ideas
    Wang, Qingyun, Huang, Lifu, Jiang, Zhiying, Knight, Kevin, Ji, Heng, Bansal, Mohit, and Luan, Yi
    In Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics 2019
  5. BEA
    Chengyu cloze test
    Jiang, Zhiying, Zhang, Boliang, Huang, Lifu, and Ji, Heng
    In Proceedings of the Thirteenth Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications 2018