I'm Siyan "Sylvia" Li.
I'm a Master's Student at Stanford.
I'm a Computer Scientist.
I'm an Improvisor.
I'm an Artist.
Brand New Master's Student.
My pronouns are she/her.
Very interested in human-centered computing, helping machines understand humans better and improving human-AI interactions. My dream research area is a combination of Natural Language Processing, Affective Computing and HCI, because both emotions and languages are essential aspects of the human existence, and would therefore be essential in enjoyable human-AI interactions as well.
I want to develop virtual agents capable of understanding human emotional changes and intervening when necessary.
M.S. in COMPUTER SCIENCE
Stanford University - Sep 2021 - June 2023, Maybe
B.S. in COMPUTER SCIENCE
Georgia Institute of Technology - Aug 2017 - Dec 2020
Cumulative GPA: 3.97; Major GPA: 4.0.
ENTERTAINMENT INTELLIGENCE LAB, Georgia Tech
Advisor: Dr. Mark Riedl
Undergraduate Research Assistant - Aug 2019 - Dec 2020
- Shyam Sudhakaran, Djordje Grbic, Siyan Li, Adam Katona, Elias Najarro, Claire Glanois, Sebastian Risi, Growing 3D Artefacts and Functional Machines with Neural Cellular Automata, in proceedings of ALIFE 2021. [arXiv]
- Xiangyu Peng, Siyan Li, Sarah Wiegreffe, Mark O. Riedl, Inferring the Reader: Guiding Automated Story Generation with Commonsense Reasoning, in proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Narrative Understanding. [arXiv]
- Xiangyu Peng, Siyan Li, Spencer J. Frazier, Mark O. Riedl, Reducing Non-Normative Text Generation from Language Models, in proceedings of INLG 2020. [arXiv]
- Xiangyu Peng, Siyan Li, Sarah Wiegreffe, Mark O. Riedl, Improving Neural Storytelling with Commonsense Inferences, extended abstract accepted into NeurIPS Women in Machine Learning Workshop. [poster]
I create digital art for fun and for my theater!
I started learning art professionally since I was like 10, but I haven't been trained as rigorously for a long time so I am a bit rusty on things.
Apart from digital art, I sketch, watercolor when time allows, and do crafts. Knitting and finding traditional Chinese crafting techniques are also my go-to.
I am an alumna of DramaTech Theatre, where I have been an improvisor in its improv troupe Let's Try This!, a costumes designer, a prop designer, plus I served as its marketing director for one year. Here are a couple of improv shows I was in during the pandemic: Land Before Improv, The Witchhunt, Life, Improvised.