AI for Social Good

From movie WALL-E

Although most of my research can be applied to AI for social good projects, I’m also interested in projects that have more direct and soft touches.

Natural Language Processing for Humanities

Understanding human preferences, along with cultural and social nuances, lives at the heart of natural language understanding. Concretely, we present a new task and corpus 1 for learning alignments between machine and human preferences. Our newly introduced problem is concerned with predicting the preferable options from two sentences describing scenarios that may involve social and cultural situations.

Mental health is a critical issue in modern society, and mental disorders could sometimes turn to suicidal ideation without adequate treatment. Early detection of mental disorders and suicidal ideation from social content provides a potential way for effective social intervention. We train and release two pretrained masked language models 2, i.e., MentalBERT and MentalRoBERTa, to benefit machine learning for the mental healthcare research community.

Fairness has become a trending topic in natural language processing (NLP), which addresses biases targeting certain social groups such as genders and religions. We investigate regional bias and propose a HiErarchical Regional Bias (HERB) 3 evaluation method to quantify the bias in pre-trained language models. Gender debiasing is anohter important topic in NLP, ensuring that the tools can benefit all of the society in a fair way. We also propose a Chinese cOrpus foR Gender bIas Probing and Mitigation 4, which contains 32.9k sentences with high-quality labels derived by following an annotation scheme specifically developed for gender bias in the Chinese context.

Intelligent Energy Management with Reinforcement Learning

I’m interested in designing reinforcement learning algorithms for intelligent energy management, which helps in mitigating climinate change. For example, I led a team that won the first place in The CityLearn Challenge, Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning for Intelligent Energy Management, in 2020. The implementation can be found here.

Vision-based Floating Waste Detection

Marine debris is severely threatening the marine lives and causing sustained pollution to the whole ecosystem. To prevent the wastes from getting into the ocean, it is helpful to clean up the floating wastes in inland waters using the autonomous cleaning devices like unmanned surface vehicles. To promote the practical application for autonomous floating wastes cleaning, we present FloW 5, the first dataset for floating waste detection in inland water areas.

Jie Fu
Jie Fu
Researcher (Principal Investigator)

Focus on Deep Learning, AI for Science, Reinforcement Learning, Language Processing.