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Serina Chang

Hi! I'm a senior at Columbia University studying Computer Science (CS) and Sociology. My research interests lie at the intersection of the two fields, as I hope to design computational systems that push the frontiers of CS and social science, and provide ethical solutions to widespread societal problems. By developing new methods in natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning (ML), I aim to improve how we automatically infer social meaning and detect social phenomena from various unstructured text.

As an undergraduate research assistant in Prof. Kathy McKeown's NLP lab, I've worked on emotion detection on social media and automatic text summarization (see Publications). I am currently pursuing an undergraduate thesis on inferring entity-level gender associations from popular media. I have also interned twice at Google, where I worked on engineering projects in Search and Assistant. At Columbia, I have served as an Instructional Assistant for Data Structures in Java.

Outside of work, I am extremely passionate about student diversity. I strive to promote diverse voices on campus, through my roles as Co-President of Lean In at Columbia (17-18) and Academic Chair of Columbia Womxn in CS (17-19). I am also an avid classical musician, and devote much of my time to performing music and creating opportunities for collegiate musicians. Take a look at my CV to learn more, or keep scrolling!



Detecting Gang-Involved Escalation on Social Media Using Context

Serina Chang, Ruiqi Zhong, Ethan Adams, Fei-Tzin Lee, Siddharth Varia, Chris Kedzie, Desmond Patton, William Frey, and Kathleen McKeown. Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), Oct. 2018, Brussels, Belgium (Long Paper and Oral Presentation, 10.2% acceptance rate). [pdf] [video]

Crowd-Sourced Iterative Annotation for Narrative Summarization Corpora

Jessica Ouyang, Serina Chang, and Kathleen McKeown. European Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL), Apr. 2017, Valencia, Italy (Short Paper and Oral Presentation, 9.3% acceptance rate). [pdf] [video]

Industry Experience

Google, Software Engineering Intern (Summer 2018)

Built a user-facing feature for Google Search and Assistant. Designed new logic to recognize and parse natural language queries related to the feature, implemented backend in Search architecture, and worked with UX designer and Product Manager to create frontend for the feature.

Google, Engineering Practicum Intern (Summer 2017)

Modified Google Search architecture to add new tracking metrics and used these metrics to improve the primary monitoring console for Google Now. Also completed two stretch projects that improved the functionality of company-wide monitoring tools.

Leadership & Innovation

Lean In at Columbia, Co-President, 2017-2018 Empowering women of all identities and disciplines to lean into their lives. [website]

As Co-President, I revamped our Lean In Circle program to focus on our members' professional and personal growth in the context of intersections, such as being LGBTQ or interdisciplinary. With my Co-President Kara Schechtman and our Board, we quintupled the size of our Circle membership, and supported more members by founding our Mentorship Program, which matched over 70 students to NYC professionals in its first year. We also founded the Lean In @ CU Conference, a day-long event celebrating mentorship and different paths of feminism, and sponsored by companies such as Microsoft, IBM, and others.

Columbia Womxn in CS (WiCS), Academic Chair, 2017-present | Bringing together the Columbia community in support of the advancement of women and non-binary individuals in CS. [website]

I founded WiCS Lightning Talks, a new speaker series at Columbia featuring student researchers with a focus on supporting traditionally underrepresented groups in CS. The series empowers student researchers by giving them the opportunity to present their work, and, in turn, inspires their peers to dive into research. As Academic Chair, I also organized panels with CS faculty at Columbia, and participated as a mentor in WiCS' Coffee Chats program.

Intercollegiate Chamber Music Festival (ICMF), Co-Founder and Producer, 2016-present | Celebrating collegiate musicians as performers and academics, and engaging them to become critics and ambassadors of the classical music world. [website]

I co-founded this initiative while serving as Co-President of Columbia Classical Performers. Along with my Co-President Cindy Liu and Vice President Dean Deng, we founded ICMF in collaboration with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The festival brings together collegiate chamber ensembles for a weekend packed with performances at Lincoln Center, master classes with world-renowned artists, and talks with innovative and diverse thinkers in the classical industry. The festival is now going into its third year!

Classical Music

Here are some of my favorite performances! Check out my YouTube channel for more.

C. Saint-Saëns, Piano Trio No.2 in E Minor, Op.92

Jason Shu (violin), Elena Ariza (cello), and Serina Chang (piano). Coached by Muneko Otani. 

N. Kapustin, Variations, Op.41

Serina Chang (piano). Student of Elena Belli.

L. Bernstein, arranged by J. Musto, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Alison Chang (piano) and Serina Chang (piano). Coached by Yegor Shevtsov. 

© Serina Chang 2018