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Zilin Xiao is a first-year CS PhD student in VisLang lab at Rice University, advised by Prof. Vicente Ordonez. He was fortunated to intern at MEGVII Research, Microsoft. His recent research interests lie in:

  • Foundation Models for Information Retrieval
  • Language Agents and Vision Generalists
  • Knowledge Grounding with Different Modalities

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[2023.10] Two first-authored papers are accepted to EMNLP'23 (InsGENEL for Main and CoherentED for Findings).

[2023.08] Zilin is now a first-year PhD student at Rice.

[2022.08] Zilin joined Deep Ivy as a part-time MLE. Join us in building a unified machine learning framework!

[2022.08] Zilin joined EdgeML Team @ Microsoft as a gap-year research intern.

[2022.04] One paper is accepted to IJCNN'22.

[2021.05] Zilin's team Data Oriented ranks top 3 out of 600+ teams in Plant Pathology 2021 - FGVC8 Kaggle competition (originally for CVPRW2021) [Leaderboard here]. Thank Jiazhi's hard work!

[2020.12] Zilin has been awarded the National Scholarship for 2 successive years!

[2020.12] Zilin earned Grand Prize of the 1st MegMeet Cup Technology Innovation Competition with the project Hyper-Table-OCRGitHub stars.

[2020.08] Zilin earned the Second Prize of China Software Cup: College Student Software Design Competition.

[2020.06] Zilin joined Prof. Yanan Sun's Lab as a research assistant, focusing on evolutionary neural architecture search and its related works.


Rice University
Ph.D. in Computer Science with Prof. Vicente Ordóñez Román
Aug 2023 - Present

Sichuan University
B.Eng. in Computer Science with Prof. Yanan Sun
Sep 2018 - Jun 2022


Residency Research Internship with Linjun Shou, Aug. 2022 - Jun. 2023
Focus on knowledge-aware and topic-driven entity linking with retrieval-augmented language models.

Deep Ivy Inc.
Part-time Machine Learning Engineer with Daniel Lenton, Aug. 2022 - Nov. 2022
Develop tensor and gradient conversion modules for Ivy among different ML Frameworks.

MEGVII Research
Research Internship with Prof. Shuaicheng Liu, Mar. 2021 - Jul. 2021
Focus on unsupervised image alignment and 3D vision.

Machine Intelligence Lab, Sichuan University
Research Assistant with Prof. Yanan Sun, Jun. 2020 - Jun. 2022
Focus on evolutionary neural architecture search and its related applications on computer vision.

Awards & Service

National Scholarship Top 0.2% nationwide, 2019

National Scholarship Top 0.2% nationwide, 2020

Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis of Sichuan University 2022.06

Star of Computer Science, Sichuan University 2022.06

Reviewer: EMNLP 2023, ACL ARR 2024, ACL 2024 Workshop KnowledgeNLP

Hobbies (Click to Expand)

Blockchain: I believe blockchain-driven technologies will eventually change the order of global finance. Fans of Solidity Programming, Cryptocurrencies and DeFi.

Trading: Observing the market and making profits.

Law: Law trains people to think logically. Knowledge of the Criminal Laws in Mainland China.

Flight Simulator: Enjoying on Airbus A320-neo with Microsoft Flight Simulator!