Bin Wang received his B.Eng. from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in June, 2017. Since July 2017, He joined Media Communication Lab (MCL) at University of Southern California (USC) as a Ph.D. student, supervised by Prof. C.-C. Jay Kuo. His research interest includes natural language processing and machine learning.

1. How does the study in USC and MCL help you? (technically and psychologically)    

The research topics I have been working on for the last two years helped a lot to build a solid understanding of natural language understanding and machine learning field. Particularly the experience with representation learning and graph learning projects are really helpful and allows me to behave well in interviews and also get started quickly when doing intern projects. Additionally, our weekly report and presentation training really sharpened my writing and oral presentation skills, which is at least as important as the coding/implementation ability in a long run.

2. How was it like working at JD AI-Research?

Because of global pandemic, the year of 2020 is quite different for everyone. Instead of heading to Mountain View, all interns are working remotely. A more flexible working style is allowed. Here, we have daily meetings to get sync with supervisor and mentor. Each week, we also have to submit the weekly report for summarization and planning. At AI-Research group, the working style is very close to a university lab and the goal is also for publishing at high-tier conference in the AI field.

3. Do you have any suggestions for current graduate students? (e.g. interview strategy and preparation, etc.)       

Usually evaluation protocol varies with different companies and groups. Gathering information for your interested positions is extremely important and MCL alumnus can be a reliable source. When searching interns, it’s better to find positions that fits your background well. And this can be helpful with your research progress as well. Additionally, equip yourself with broader knowledge would be very helpful. It can help you get started quickly with your assigned project and more productive during your intern period.