University of California, Los Angeles USA • 2021 — Present

Ph.D. student at CS Department

University of Southern California, USA • 2020 — 2021

Ph.D. student at CS Department (Transferred out)

Tsinghua University, China • 2016 — 2020

Bachelor of Engineering (Automation), Minor in Finance

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore • Fall 2018

Exchange student at CSE Department


Amazon Alexa AI, Sunnyvale, CA • Jun 2022 — Sep 2022

Applied Scientist Intern; Advisor: Anjali Narayan-Chen and Shereen Oraby
Melody constrained lyrics generation.

Shannon AI, Beijing, China • Jul 2020 — Oct 2020

NLP Research Intern; Advisor: Jiwei Li
Paraphrase generation via domain adaptation.

Information Science Institute, USC, Los Angeles, CA • Jul 2019 — Sep 2019

Undergraduate Research Assistant; Advisor: Nanyun Peng and Fred Morstatter
Identifying perspectives of colingual groups through multi-lingual wikipedia.

Singapore Management University, Singapore • Aug 2018 — Dec 2018

Undergraduate Research Assistant; Advisor: Jianfei Yu and Jing Jiang
Abstractive review summarization with typed decoders.


2022, Graduate Division Fellowship

UCLA fellowship top-off

2021, George Bekey Fellow

USC Viterbi fellowship top-off

2019, Dengfeng Scholarship

top 2% awarded for distinction in Information Technology

2015, Intel Outstanding Award on Computer Science

awarded by Intel Corporation at CASTIC (top 2/1500 = 0.0013%)


  1. A Unified Framework for Pun Generation with Humor Principles

  2. Yufei Tian, Divyanshu Arun Sheth, and Nanyun Peng. Findings of EMNLP 2022
  3. Zero-shot Sonnet Generation with Discourse-level Planning and Aesthetics Features

  4. Yufei Tian and Nanyun Peng. NAACL 2022
  5. Go Back in Time - Generating Flashbacks in Stories with Event Plots and Temporal Prompts

  6. Rujun Han, Hong Chen, Yufei Tian, and Nanyun Peng NAACL 2022
  7. AmbiPun - Generating Humorous Puns with Ambiguous Context

  8. Anirudh Mittal*, Yufei Tian* (equal contribution), and Nanyun Peng NAACL 2022
  9. Paraphrase Generation as Unsupervised Machine Translation

  10. Xiaofei Sun, Yufei Tian, Yuxian Meng, Nanyun Peng, Fei Wu, Jiwei Li, and Chun Fan COLING 2022
  11. HypoGen - Hyperbole Generation with Commonsense and Counterfactual Knowledge

  12. Yufei Tian, Arvind krishna Sridhar, and Nanyun Peng. Findings of EMNLP 2021
  13. Identifying Cultural Differences through Multi-Lingual Wikipedia

  14. Yufei Tian, Tuhin Chakrabarty, Fred Morstatter, and Nanyun Peng. SocialNLP@NAACL2021
  15. Aspect and Opinion Aware Abstractive Review Summarization with Reinforced Hard Typed Decoder

  16. Yufei Tian, Jianfei Yu and Jing Jiang. CIKM 2019


Classical Music - I was a french horn player in the awesome and long-established Tsinghua University Symphonic Band.

Sports - I have been playing tennis for over 10 years. Besides, I was the keeper of Tsinghua University Women Cricket Team in 2018 when we won a runner-up in Beijing!