Weiyan Shi

Welcome! I am a final-year PhD student in Computer Science at Columbia University, advised by Prof. Zhou Yu, working on Natural Language Processing. Previously, I completed my master’s degree in Statistics from University of California, Berkeley and my B.S. in Mathematics from Renmin University of China.

This fall I am co-teaching Dialogue System (COMS 6998) with Zhou at Columbia.

I am on the academic job market looking for tenure-track positions starting in Fall 2023 :)

Email: ws2634@columbia.edu

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Research Interests

My research interests are in Natural Language Processing, especially Dialogue Systems 🤖 and the following directions:


Sep 2022: I am co-teaching Dialogue System (COMS 6998) with Zhou at Columbia.

Jun - Sep 2022: This summer I interned with Jing Xu and Jason Weston on incorporating human feedback into chatbots.

Jun - Dec 2021: Finished my internship with Mike Lewis on zero-shot dialogue nonsense detection.

Jun - Dec 2020: Finished my internship with Mike Lewis on strategic dialogues.


  • Best Paper Nomination, ACL 2019
  • Dean’s Distinguished PhD Fellowship
  • Department Citation (top 1), UC, Berkeley, 2016
  • Speaker at Department Commencement (top 1), UC, Berkeley, 2016
  • National Scholarship, 2014
  • Presidential Fellowship for Studying Abroad, 2013


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  • Co-instructor, Conversational AI Special Topics (COMS 6998)
    Columbia Universty, Fall 2022

  • Guest Lecturer (on Dialogue Systems), Natural Language Processing
    Columbia Universty, Spring 2022

  • Teaching Assistant, Conversational AI Special Topics (COMS 6998)
    Columbia University, Spring 2021


  • Area Chair, Women in Machine Learning 2022, NeurIPS 2022

  • Publicity Chair, The 4th Workshop for Conversational AI, ACL 2022

  • Conference reviewer: ACL, EACL, NAACL, EMNLP, *SEM, ICLR, AAAI, NeurlPS, ICML, CHI, NLPCC, ACL Rolling Review

  • Journal reviewer: ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction, Neurocomputing, ACM Transactions on Information Systems


I worked in the SF bay area as a full-time data scientist for two years before starting my PhD.