Mingyu Derek Ma

PhD Student

    UCLA Computer Science


I’m a PhD student at UCLA Computer Science Department working with Prof. Nanyun (Violet) Peng at the PLUS lab. I’m working at Amazon Alexa AI with Tagyoung Chung this summer.

I’m broadly interested in a wide range of natural language processing (NLP) problems 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 with First Class Honours in 2018 and exchanged at the University of Maryland in 2016. Before joining UCLA, I worked at PolyU, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and USC Information Sciences Institute.

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curriculum vitae


  • SOHU.com

    Front-end Web Development Intern, Jun - Jul 2016, Shanghai, China



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

    PolyU Computing News

  • 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

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

  • Champion and Most Innovative Award (HKSAR) - Imagine Cup (website | wiki), Microsoft , 2017
  • Commercial Radio 50th Anniversary Scholarship, Hong Kong Commercial Broadcasting Company Limited & PolyU: only 1 in the Dept. of Computing , 2017
  • Winner - Hong Kong Techathon (website), PolyU and City University of Hong Kong , 2018

    PolyU Computing News | PolyU Tweet

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

    PolyU Computing News

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  • 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

    PolyU Computing News

  • 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