Christmas Eve, 2021 in Los Angeles
Photo taken by my friend Nancy

Jiao Sun

Hi there 👋 I am a Ph.D. student working on NLP at USC since Fall 2019, my advisors are Xuezhe Ma and Cyrus Shahabi. I also work closely with Nanyun Peng. Before that, I finish my master's @ IIIS, lead by Andrew Chi-Chih Yao at Tsinghua University.

My research interest lies in human-centered NLP, particularly in controlled text generation and NLP fairness. I also work on event extraction.


  • 2021.11   Another work on fairness has been accepted by CHI'22!
  • 2021.08   AESOP and ESTER got accepted by EMNLP'21 main, stay tuned!
  • 2021.08   Finished my first internship at IBM Research!
  • 2021.05   Work on event fairness is accepted by ACL'21!



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




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

NAACL'21 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


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 2021 - Aug 2021

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