Leveraging Natural Supervision for Language Representation Learning and Generation: Acknowledgements

1 Jun 2024


(1) Mingda Chen.


Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.

– Benjamin Disraeli

The Ph.D. journey is an adventure mixed with daunting challenges, unanticipated bafflements, and instant delights. Many people have guided me through the challenges, clarified my confusion, and shared my happiness. I am enormously grateful for their help along the journey.

First, I want to thank my advisor Kevin Gimpel for the technical insight and research philosophy throughout these years. He was always knowledgeable about everything we worked on, meticulous about every word we wrote on papers, and patient about my mistakes. The work in this thesis would not be possible without his positive, steady influence.

I thank the rest of my thesis committee: Karen Livescu, Sam Wiseman, and Luke Zettlemoyer, for being generous with their time and insight. I also thank Karl Stratos for his guidance.

I thank my fellow students at Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago and the University of Chicago, especially Qingming Tang for the technical (and nontechnical) conversations, Bumeng Zhuo for the fun activities during weekends, and Zewei Chu for the bike rides at the lakefront in Chicago. I am also grateful to my fellow interns and mentors at Google and Facebook.

Lastly, I would like to thank my family for inspiring my interest in learning, encouraging me to apply to graduate school, and being supportive and interested in listening to my research ramblings.

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