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 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