• Xinya Du

  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science
  • Human Language Technology Research Institute
  • University of Texas at Dallas

  • Email: xinya.du AT utdallas.edu

I am Xinya Du (pronounced as shinn-ya do), an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. My research focuses on in the area of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning. I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate on with Prof. Heng Ji at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before, I earned a CS Ph.D. degree from Cornell University, advised by Prof. Claire Cardie; and graduated with a bachelor's degree in CSE from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

My work are published in leading NLP conferences, and has been covered by major media like New Scientist [link] and included in the list of Most Influential ACL Papers (15 each year). I was named a Spotlight Rising Star in Data Science (NLP) by the University of Chicago in 2020.

Publications | Teaching & Service | Curriculum Vitae | Misc.


Research Interests

I enjoy exploring/building things that are novel and impactful (in research and life). My research is motivated by building intelligent and efficient systems for core NLP problems (e.g., turning a large amount of unstructured information into a concise and structured format). Specifically, my current focus is on developing methods encoding knowledge (contextual and external) and reasoning capabilities for question asking & answering, and information extraction, as well as the interplay between them.


  • UT Dallas

  • Cornell
    • Zonglin Yang, Cornell CS MEng student → NTU CS PhD [EMNLP 2020]
    • Barry Wang, Cornell CS undergraduate student → Cornell CS MS [ACL 2022]
    • Aliva Das, Cornell CS undergraduate student → Amazon [ACL 2022]