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 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 :)

I will be applying to PhD programs in Fall 2021!

  • 2021-09-23 Extremely honored to be selected as a Siebel Scholar Class of 2022!
  • 2021-09-17 Gave an invited talk at SIGTYP on "Understanding, Improving and Evaluating Context Usage in Context-aware Machine Translation"
  • 2021-08-26 Super happy to have 2 papers accepted to EMNLP 2021!
  • 2021-07-25 1 paper accepted to the AT4SSL workshop at MT Summit 2021!
  • 2021-07-05 Extremely thrilled to receive the Best Theme Paper award at ACL 2021!
  • 2021-05-06 Super excited to have 3 papers accepted to ACL 2021!
  • 2021-03-01 Gave an invited talk at Unbabel on "Do Context-Aware Translation Models Pay the Right Attention?"
  • 2020-10-18 Gave an invited talk at Computer Vision Talks on Sign Language Translation with Transformers
  • 2020-09-30 My first conference submission was accepted to COLING'2020!
  • 2020-09-21 Extremely honored to be awarded Global Winner in Computer Science at The Global Undergraduate Awards 2020!
  • 2020-08-31 Started my Master's degree at CMU LTI!
  • 2020-07-25 My undergraduate paper has been accepted to the SLRTP workshop at ECCV'20!
  • 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 using their preferred language.

    Currently, I am working on challenges in multilingual NLP such as:

  • Context-aware Machine Translation: I am interested in when context, either on an intra-sentential (within the current sentence), inter-sentential (across multiple sentences), or extra-linguistic (e.g. social, temporal, cultural) level, is required during translation, and how to model these features in machine translation. My works examine how much context-aware models are actually using context (ACL'21), whether models are using the type of context we expect them to (ACL'21), and how to encourage models to use more/better context.

  • Sign Language Processing: I am interested in modeling signed languages from a linguistic perspective and extending existing language technologies to signed languages. I have argued the importance for the NLP community to include signed languages, both socially and scientifically, and how to get involved (ACL'21), I researched how to translate a signed language into a spoken language (ECCV'20, COLING'20), and how to perform data augmentation for Sign Language Translation (MTSummit21).

  • 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.


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    • 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 October 5 2021