PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016Postdoc, University of Washington, 2018


Research interests include:

Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning,



Yangfeng Ji joined the Department of Computer Science at the University of Virginia in 2018. He received his PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2016. From Aug. 2016 to Jul. 2018, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering in the University of Washington.


  • Amazon Research Award 2022
  • UVA Engineering Innovation Award 2019
  • NAACL Outstanding Paper Award 2018

Research Interests

  • Natural language processing
  • Machine learning

Selected Publications

  • Explaining Neural Network Predictions on Sentence Pairs via Learning Word-Group Masks NAACL, 2021
  • Contextualizing Variation in Text Style Transfer Datasets INLG, 2021

Courses Taught

  • CS 4501 Machine Learning for NLP Fall 2020, 2021
  • CS 6316 Machine Learning Spring 2020
  • CS 6501 Natural Language Processing Fall 2018, 2019, Spring 2021
  • CS 8501 Advanced Natural Language Processing Spring 2019