Governors Island @ NYC, Jun. 2022
Photo not (😏) taken by my friend Nancy

Jiao Sun

Hi there πŸ‘‹ I am a Ph.D. candidate (yay! πŸŽ‰) working on NLP at USC since Fall 2019, working with Xuezhe Ma (advisor), Nanyun (Violet) Peng and Swabha Swayamdipta. Before that, I finish my master's @ IIIS, lead by Andrew Chi-Chih Yao at Tsinghua University.

I work on trustworthy NLG. More specifically, I build controlled text generation models and enhance the robustness of NLG systems, including NLG evaluation and fairness.

Feel free to drop me a line! jiaosun.thu[at]

About me
  • 2022.10  We should never count # of accepted papers (πŸ’―%), but I am thrilled to have four (co)first-authored papers accepted to EMNLP!
  • 2022.05   Excited to start my internship at Google Research!
  • 2022.03   Best paper honorable mention at CHI 2022!
  • 2021.08   AESOP and ESTER got accepted by EMNLP 2021, stay tuned!
  • : I follow Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.


EMNLP 2022

Jiao Sun, Anjali Narayan-Chen, Shereen Oraby, Shuyang Gao, Tagyoung Chung, Jing Huang, Yang Liu and Nanyun Peng
Context-Situated Pun Generation

EMNLP 2022

Jiao Sun, Anjali Narayan-Chen, Shereen Oraby, Alessandra Cervone, Tagyoung Chung, Jing Huang, Yang Liu and Nanyun Peng
ExPUNations: Augmenting Puns with Keywords and Explanations

EMNLP 2022 Findings

Jiao Sun, Swabha Swayamdipta, Jonathan May and Xuezhe Ma
Investigating the Benefits of Free-Form Rationales

EMNLP 2022 Findings

CHI 2022

Jiao Sun, Tongshuang Wu, Yue Jiang, Ronil Awalegaonkar, Xi Victoria Lin and Diyi Yang
Pretty Princess vs. Successful Leader: Gender Roles in Greeting Card Messages
Best Paper Honorable Mention

IUI 2022

Jiao Sun, Q. Vera Liao, Michael Muller, Mayank Agarwal, Stephanie Houde, Kartik Talamadupula, Justin D. Weisz
Investigating Explainability of Generative Models for Code through Scenario-Based Design

EMNLP 2021


EMNLP 2021

Rujun Han, I-Hung Hsu, Jiao Sun, Julia Baylon, Qiang Ning, Dan Roth and Nanyun Peng
ESTER: A Machine Reading Comprehension Dataset for Reasoning about Event Semantic Relations

ACL 2021

Jiao Sun and Nanyun Peng
Men Are Elected, Women Are Married: Events Gender Bias on Wikipedia
Best Paper Nomination | link

NAACL 2021 Demo

Mingyu Derek Ma*, Jiao Sun*, Mu Yang, Kung-Hsiang Huang, Nuan Wen, Shikhar Singh, Rujun Han and Nanyun Peng
EventPlus: A Temporal Event Understanding Pipeline
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Jiao Sun, Mingxuan Yue, Zongyu Lin, Xiaochen Yang, Gabe Kahn, Luciano Nocera and Cyrus Shahabi
CrimeForecaster: Crime Prediction by Exploiting the Neighborhoods’ Spatiotemporal Dependencies

CHI 2020

Jiao Sun, Yin Li, Charley Chen, Jihae Lee, Xin Liu, Zhigang Su, Ling Huang, Lei Shi and Wei Xu
FDHelper: Assist Unsupervised Fraud Detection Experts with Interactive Feature Selection and Evaluation


May 2022 - Aug 2022

Student Researcher-ship, Google Research
Host: Sebastian Gehrmann

Jan 2022 - May 2022

Research Internship, Amazon Alexa AI
Manager: Nanyun Violet Peng
Mentor: Anjali Narayan-Chen

May 2021 - Aug 2021

Research Internship, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
Manager: Justin D Weisz
Mentors: Mayank Agarwal and Q. Vera Liao



AAAI 2022, CSCW 2022, EMNLP 2022


AAAI 2023, CHI 2023, CSCW 2023, TL4NLP@NeurIPS 2023