Mingyu Derek Ma

Mingyu Derek Ma

PhD Student

    USC Information Sciences Institute and Department of Computer Science


I'm a PhD student at USC Information Sciences Institute and Department of Computer Science. I work at the PLUS lab advised by Dr. Nanyun Peng.

My main research interest is natural language processing (NLP) and my recent research focus is developing a system that can learn how to organize events contained in unstructured information into generic event ontology which are able to benefit downstream event-focused analytics.

I received my bachelor's degree in Computing from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2018 and I was an exchange student at the University of Maryland in 2016. I was fortunate to work at CUHK, UCSC, MIT and PolyU on dialogue systems, sentiment analysis, blockchain and educational tech.

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  • Outstanding Project Award - Best Capstone Project Award Competition, PolyU Dept. of Computing: only one in the Dept. of Computing , 2018

    News by PolyU Computing

  • HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund Talent Development Scholarship (website), Hong Kong Government , 2018

  • Silver Award - Hong Kong ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) Awards (website | wiki) Student Innovation Award (Tertiary or Above), Office of the Government Chief Information Officer of the Innovation and Technology Bureau of Hong Kong Government , 2018

    News by PolyU | News by PolyU Computing | News by PolyU Computing about InnoCarnival Exhibition | Tweet by PolyU

  • Champion and Most Innovative Award (HKSAR) - Imagine Cup (website | wiki), Microsoft , 2017

    News by PolyU | News by PolyU Computing | News by Microsoft | Feature Story by the President of PolyU (Prof. Timothy W. Tong) | at AM730 | Sky Post 晴報 | Ming Pao 明報 | Ta Kung Pao 大公報 | unwire.hk | Sing Tao Daily 星島日報 | IT Pro Magazine | Cool Blind Tech | on.cc 東網 | ifeng.com 鳳凰網 | Wen Wei Po 文匯報 | CCTV 中国中央电视台 | Oriental Daily News 東方日報

  • Commercial Radio 50th Anniversary Scholarship, Hong Kong Commercial Broadcasting Company Limited & PolyU: only 1 in the Dept. of Computing , 2017
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  • Winner - Hong Kong Techathon (website), PolyU and City University of Hong Kong, 2018

    News by PolyU Computing | Tweet by PolyU

  • Graduate Representative for Valedictory Speech - PolyU 24th Congregation COMP Session, PolyU Faculty of Engineering, 2018

    News by PolyU Computing

  • CMA (The Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong) & Donors Scholarship (website), CMA & PolyU: only 3 in the Dept. of Computing, 2018

  • Best Creative Service Project - Youth Volunteer Service Conference (website), Agency for Volunteer Service of Hong Kong Government (website), 2017

    News by Office of Service-Learning, PolyU | News by HKSAR Gov Agency for Volunteer Service

  • Champion - PolyU Smart Computing Competition (website), PolyU Dept. of Computing, 2017

    News by PolyU Computing

  • Undergraduate Summer Research Abroad Sponsorship (website), PolyU International Affairs Office, 2017

  • Chinese Mainland and Overseas Activities Fund, PolyU Office of Student Development, 2016

  • Wong Tit-Shing Student Exchange Scholarship (website), PolyU Faculty of Engineering, 2016

  • PolyU Exchange Scholarship, PolyU Faculty of Engineering, 2016

  • miscellaneous

  • Previous Projects
  • PolyU Subjects’ Materials Archive: Including projects, homeworks, assignments and review materials for my undergraduate subjects at PolyU
  • I’m from Chifeng, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of the P. R. China
  • Inner Mongolia in Mongolian language