Xinliang (Frederick) Zhang | 心亮

Hi folks, I am Xinliang (Frederick) Zhang. I am from China. My official Chinese name is 张心亮 or Xinliang Zhang in Pinyin (pronounced as Shin-LeeAun Zhang). Usually, I go by Frederick.

I am an incoming Ph.D. student in Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) at University of Michigan (UM), advised by Dr. Lu Wang. I am also affiliated with Michigan AI Lab.

Previously, I obtianed my dual Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees from The Ohio State University (OSU) in Computer Science & Engineering (CSE), Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISE) and Math (Minor). I also obtianed my Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree from Sichuan University (SCU) in Industrial Engineering (IE). During my stay at OSU, I was fortunate to have Dr. Huan Sun as my advisor and proud of being part of SunLab. I also worked closely with Dr. Marie-Catherine de Marneffe

My reserch interests lie in the fields of Natural Language Processing (NLP), Machine Learning (ML) and Computational Social Science (CSS). Particularly, I have been recently working on Question Answering & Generation, Information Retrieval, Natural Language Inference, NLP in Healthcare (Clinical NLP) and NLP for Social Media.

I am also broadly interested in Optimization, Applied Mathematics, Statistics and (Statistical) Linguistics. Explore more interests now!

You may check out my CV here.

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University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A
Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science and Engineering (Track: AI)

GPA -/4.0
Aug. 2021 - present

The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH, U.S.A
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering (Specialization: AI)
Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering (Minor in Math)

GPA 3.99/4.0
Graduation with Honors Undergraduate Research Distinction
Aug. 2018 - May 2021

Sichuan University

Chengdu, Sichuan, P.R.China
Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering

GPA 3.97/4.0
Numerical Grade 95.93/100
Sept. 2016 - July 2018

Hangzhou Xuejun High School

Hangzhou, Zhejiang, P.R.China
Sept. 2013 - June 2016


(* indicates equal contribution; I publish under "Xinliang Frederick Zhang")


Social Media Bias

Advised by Dr. Lu Wang

May 2021 - present
Natural Language Inference with Inherent Disagreement

Advised by Dr. Marie-Catherine de Marneffe

June 2020 - present
Question Answering and Generation & Information Retrieval & Clinical NLP

Advised by Dr. Huan Sun

June 2019 - May 2021
Training Neural Network with Integer Programming
Advised by Dr. Chen Chen
  • The essence is to leverage Mixed-Integer-Linear-Programming (MILP) to train Feed-forward Neural Network.
  • Explore the feasibility (accuracy-efficiency tradeoff) of MILP training approach.
    May 2019 - Aug. 2019
    Research Training in Financial Futures & Quantitative Investment
  • This project mainly focus on the field of quantitative investment on futures
  • Sept. 2017 - June 2018


    • 2021 Spring: CSE 3341 Programming Languages              Undergraduate Teacing Assistant (UTA)
    • 2020 Summer: CSE 2331 Data Structures&Algorithms      Undergraduate Teacing Assistant (UTA)
    • 2019 Autumn: CSE 2231 Software Development                Undergraduate Teacing Assistant (UTA)/ Lab assistant
    • 2019 Spring: CSE 2221 Software Components                    Undergraduate Teacing Assistant (UTA)/ Lab assistant
    • 2019 Spring: CSE 2112 Spreadsheet&Database                 Undergraduate Teacing Assistant (UTA)/ Lab assistant
    • 2018 Spring: IE 1085 Departmental Seminar                       Guest Lecturer* (Giving a 45-min seminar on Intro to MCM)
    • *This was given at SCU. If not specified, all teaching experiences are at OSU.

    Selected College Awards

    • Undergraduate Research Award (In recognition of 1-2 CSE students' research contributions), 2021
    • The Outstanding University Graduate of Sichuan Province (Highest Graduation Honor in China), 2021
    • Honorable Mention of CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award, 2020
    • Lumley Engineering Fund Scholarship (Undergraduate research scholarship at OSU), 2019
    • "Tomorrow Advancing Life" Merit Scholarship (Awarded to Top 0.1% students at SCU), 2019
    • Honorable Mention in Mathematical Contest in Modeling, 2018
    • The "Best One hundred" Top 10 Class Leader at Sichuan University (Highest honor at SCU), 2018
    • National Scholarship (Highest undergraduate honor in China), 2017&2018 (twice consecutively)
    • SCUPI Best Academic Achiever Award (Highest academic award at SCUPI), 2017&2018 (twice consecutively)


    I am learning Japanese now! Additionally, I am planning to take JLPT N4 this December in the foreseeable future in December, 2021!

    Here is my Calendar. I am almost always available on campus from 9am to 7pm, Mon. through Fri. except for time slots that have been already scheduled. Due to Covid-19 Pandemic, I am not available for in-person meetings for safety considerations but still welcome to virtual meetings.

    Thanks for the cover template from Resume!

    Last updated on May 30th, 2021. Any comment or suggestion is more than welcome!

    (since 09/30/2019) .