Hi, I'm Kayo
Bonjour, je suis Kayo

[kajo iɴ]
Curriculum Vitae

I am a Master's student in Language Technologies at Carnegie Mellon University fortunately advised by Prof. Graham Neubig and researching multilingual NLP in NeuLab. I received my Bachelor's degree in Mathematics & Computer Science with highest distinction from École Polytechnique where I defended my thesis on Sign Language Translation.

I come from Akashi, Japan and grew up speaking 4 languages in Paris, France. For as long as I can remember, I've had a passion for mathematics. I actually learned to do multiplications and divisions before I learned to read! Music is also a life-long passion of mine, and also what introduced me to AI: my worlds collided when I used LSTMs to generate music for my second-year programming project. When I discovered natural language processing, everything - my love of languages, numbers and codes - seemed to have fallen into place :)

  • 2021-05-06 Super excited to have 3 papers accepted to ACL 2021!
  • 2020-09-30 My first conference submission was accepted to COLING'2020!
  • 2020-09-21 My Bachelor's thesis won Global Winner in Computer Science at The Global Undergraduate Awards 2020!
  • 2020-08-15 I have started my master's degree at CMU LTI!
  • 2020-07-25 My undergraduate paper has been accepted to the SLRTP workshop at ECCV'20!
  • 2020-04-23 I successfully defended my Bachelor's thesis!
  • Research

    My long-term research goal is to break down communication barriers between people, and between computers and people using Natural Language Processing. I believe that by improving how computers understand and respond to different natural languages, more people can benefit from technology.

    Currently, I am motivated by challenges in multilingual NLP such as:

  • Context-aware Machine Translation: When do we need context for translation? How much are context-aware models actually using context? (ACL'21) Are models using the context we expect them to? (ACL'21) How can we encourage models use the right context when they need to?

  • Sign Language Processing: Why do we need to study signed languages in NLP and what challenges should we consider? (ACL'21) How can we translate signed languages into spoken languages? (ECCV'20, COLING'20) How can we perform data augmentation for extremely low-resourced signed languages? (arXiv'21) How can we extend current NLP models to signed languages?

  • Please do not hesitate to reach out if you'd like to chat or collaborate! I am generally responsive to emails and Twitter messages, I am not as responsive as I'd like to be on LinkedIn.


    * = equal contribution

    (You may have to click on "Abstract" and "BibTeX" twice for them to show. If any webdev-savvy people can look at the source code and see how I can fix this lmk!)




    • 2020 Talk Sign Language Translation with Transformers @UA Global Summit

    • 2020 Talk Sign Language Translation with Transformers @Computer Vision Talks

    • 2018 Interview Meet our students - Kayo Yin
    • I talk about how I am able to continue practicing music while pursuing my double-major in mathematics and computer science at l'X.

    • 2017 Interview A Lifetime of Science - Kayo Yin, Femme-Orchestre
    • "A Lifetime of Science" is the 2017 annual report of École Polytechnique featuring 20 selected student profiles. I was noticed during my first year of undergraduate for my investment in various extracurricular activities.

                Last updated May 21 2021