Ruiqi Zhong

My name is Ruiqi Zhong. I am currently a 4th year PhD student in the Berekely NLP Group, advised by Prof. Dan Klein and Prof. Jacob Steinhardt. I also work closely with Prof. Jason Eisner at Semantic Machines. I finished my undergrad at Columbia University, where I worked with Prof. Kathleen McKeown on NLP.

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Research Overview

I want AI systems to accomplish tasks where humans alone struggle to find the ground truth. Doing so requires human-AI collaborations, a better epistemic foundation, and new algorithmic tools. I currently work on concrete related problems in Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and Programming Language, such as

  • Enable non-experts to write complex programs.
  • Empirically understand how and what neural network learns.
  • Build AIs to expand knowledge and inform human decisions.

I also have a pretty broad intellectual interest beyond computer science, such as developmental economy, philosophy of science, social media analyses, etc. For example, I am working on a side research project of measuring social media polarization. If you are generally interested in Natural Language Processing and AI, feel free to send me an email and I would love to chat!
Representative Work

Active Programming by Example with a Natural Language Prior
Ruiqi Zhong*, Charlie Snell*, Dan Klein, Jason Eisner
arXiv 2022
Describing Differences between Text Distributions with Natural Language
Ruiqi Zhong, Charlie Snell, Dan Klein, Jacob Steinhardt
ICML 2022
[paper] [code]
Approximating How Single Head Attention Learns
Charlie Snell*, Ruiqi Zhong*, Dan Klein, Jacob Steinhardt
arXiv 2021
[paper] [slides] [code] [blog]
Are Larger Pretrained Language Models Uniformly Better? Comparing Performance at the Instance Level
Ruiqi Zhong, Dhruba Ghosh, Dan Klein, Jacob Steinhardt
ACL 2021, Findings
[paper] [slides] [code]
Learning by Distilling Context
Charlie Snell, Dan Klein, Ruiqi Zhong
arXiv 2022
InCoder: A Generative Model for Code Infilling and Synthesis
Daniel Fried, Armen Aghajanyan, Jessy Lin, Sida Wang, Eric Wallace, Freda Shi, Ruiqi Zhong, Wen-tau Yih, Luke Zettlemoyer, Mike Lewis
arXiv 2022
Meta-learning via Language Model In-context Tuning
Yanda Chen, Ruiqi Zhong, Sheng Zha, George Karypis, He He
ACL 2022
UnifiedSKG: Unifying and Multi-Tasking Structured Knowledge Grounding with Text-to-Text Language Models
Tianbao Xie, Chen Henry Wu, Peng Shi, Ruiqi Zhong, Torsten Scholak, Michihiro Yasunaga, Chien-Sheng Wu, Ming Zhong, Pengcheng Yin, Sida I. Wang, Victor Zhong, Bailin Wang, Chengzu Li, Connor Boyle, Ansong Ni, Ziyu Yao, Dragomir Radev, Caiming Xiong, Lingpeng Kong, Rui Zhang, Noah A. Smith, Luke Zettlemoyer, Tao Yu
EMNLP 2022
The Effect of Model Size on Worst-Group Generalization
Alan Pham*, Eunice Chan*, Vikranth Srivatsa*, Dhruba Ghosh*, Yaoqing Yang, Yaodong Yu, Ruiqi Zhong, Joseph E. Gonzalez, Jacob Steinhardt
NeurIPS 2021 Workshop on Distribution Shifts
Adapting Language Models for Zero-shot Learning by Meta-tuning on Dataset and Prompt Collections
Ruiqi Zhong, Kristy Lee*, Zheng Zhang*, Dan Klein
EMNLP 2021, Findings
Semantic Evaluation for Text-to-SQL with Distilled Test Suites
Ruiqi Zhong, Tao Yu, Dan Klein
EMNLP 2020
[paper] [slides] [code]
Semantic Scaffolds for Pseudocode-to-Code Generation
Ruiqi Zhong, Mitchell Stern, Dan Klein
ACL 2020
[paper] [slides] [code] [video]
Detecting and Reducing Bias in a High Stakes Domain
Ruiqi Zhong, Yanda Chen, Desmond Patton, Charlotte Selous, Kathy McKeown
EMNLP 2019
[paper] [poster] [code]
Fine-grained Sentiment Analysis with Faithful Attention
Ruiqi Zhong, Steven Shao, Kathy McKeown
arXiv 2019
Detecting Gang-involved Escalation on Social Media Using Context
Serina Chang, Ruiqi Zhong, Ethan Adams, Fei-Tzin Lee, Siddharth Varia, Desmond Patton, William Frey, Chris Kedzie, Kathy McKeown
EMNLP 2018
[paper] [code]
Subspace Embedding and Linear Regression with Orlicz Norm
Alexandr Andoni, Chengyu Lin, Ying Sheng, Peilin Zhong, Ruiqi Zhong
ICML 2018
[paper] [video] [slides]
GAIA - A Multi-media Multi-lingual Knowledge Extraction and Hypothesis Generation System
Tongtao Zhang, Ananya Subburathinam, Ge Shi, Lifu Huang, Di Lu, Xiaoman Pan, Manling Li, Boliang Zhang, Qingyun Wang, Spencer Whitehead, Heng Ji, Alireza Zareian, Hassan Akbari, Brian Chen, Ruiqi Zhong, Steven Shao, Emily Allaway, Shih-Fu Chang, Kathleen R. McKeown, Dongyu Li, Xin Huang, Kexuan Sun, Xujun Peng, Ryan Gabbard, Marjorie Freedman, Mayank Kejriwal, Ram Nevatia, Pedro A. Szekely, T. K. Satish Kumar, Ali Sadeghian, Giacomo Bergami, Sourav Dutta, Miguel E. Rodríguez, Daisy Zhe Wang
TAC 2018
  • I represented Columbia University in ACM-ICPC and Putnam Math Competition during my Sophormore year (though it seems I was the bottleneck of our teams).
  • I sleep at 11 p.m. and do not respond to later messages. Sometimes, however, I am actually awake; but I pretend not to see them anyways.
  • My favorite animation character and role model is Wenli Yang in Legend of Galactical Heroes.
  • Berkeley Graduate Student Fellowship
  • Theodore R. Bashkow Award (research), Academic Excellence Award (GPA)
  • CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award Honorable Mention * 2 (2018, 2019)
  • William Lowell Putnam Math Competition top 5% * 3 (2015, 2016, 2018)
Undergrad Advising
Yes, I have a serious commitment towards cultivating future researchers and practitioners who understand AI, expand scientific knowledge, and make the world a better place. I sometimes spend ~3 hours per week with each undergrad whom I closely mentor. Feel free to reach out if you satisfy any of the following condition, and I would love to chat about opportunities.
  • Is passionate about NLP. This is usually evidenced by 1) taking an NLP class, 2) playing around with NLP models on your own, or 3)(self-)learning a substantial fraction of material from this document.
  • Has a strong intellectual interest in social sciences or philosophy.
  • Is from a developing country under-represented in the research community.
  • Excels at competitive programming or math olympiads.
Undergrads that I have mentored:
  • Xinyi Han (now Ph.D. at MIT)
  • Yanda Chen (now Ph.D. at Columbia)
  • Charlie Snell (now Ph.D. at UC Berkeley)
  • Dhruba Ghosh (now Ph.D. at University of Washington)
  • Sicheng Tang
  • Kristy Lee (now 5th year Master at UC Berkeley)
  • Zheng Zhang (now 5th year Master at UC Berkeley)
  • Harry Zhao (now 5th year Master at UC Berkeley)
  • Pulkit Bhasin
  • Dong Yang
  • Peter Zhang
  • Oscar Xu
  • Steve Li
  • JinWoo Ahn

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