Yapei Chang 常雅培

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I’m a first year Ph.D. student at UMass NLP starting Fall 2022, advised by Mohit Iyyer with a research focus on natural language processing (NLP). I graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics. During undergrad, I was fortunate to have worked with Jamie Macbeth on Conceptual Dependency parsing, and Mohit Iyyer on literary evidence retrieval and improving text text generation. Aside from research, I’m a dancer/gamer/guitar player so there’re plenty of ways to make life interesting xD


Oct 2022 RankGen paper accepted into EMNLP 2022
Sep 2022 Started my PhD at UMass Amherst xD
Feb 2022 ReLiC paper accepted into ACL 2022
May 2021 Fullstack SDE internship at Amazon, Seattle


  1. EMNLP
    RankGen: Improving Text Generation with Large Ranking Models
    Krishna, Kalpesh,  Chang, Yapei, Wieting, John, and Iyyer, Mohit
    , 2022
  2. ACL
    RELiC: Retrieving Evidence for Literary Claims
    Thai, Katherine,  Chang, Yapei, Krishna, Kalpesh, and Iyyer, Mohit
    May, 2022
  3. ACS
    A Broader Range for ‘Meaning the Same Thing’: Human Against Machine on Hard Paraphrase Detection Tasks
    Macbeth, Jamie C.,  Chang, Yapei, Chen, Jingyu Gin, Hua, Yining, Grandic, Sandra, and Zheng, Winnie X.
    Advances in Cognitive Systems (ACS) May, 2020