I am currently a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at the University of Southern California (CS@USC). I spent the last three years in the Natural Language Group at the Information Sciences Institute (NLP@ISI).

I am TAing for CSCI585: Database Systems in Fall, 2013.


  • Research Interests
  • Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Mining, Natural Language Processing

  • Publications
  • "Abstract Meaning Representation for Sembanking" Laura Banarescu, Claire Bonial, Shu Cai, Madalina Georgescu, Kira Griffitt, Ulf Hermjakob, Kevin Knight, Philipp Koehn, Martha Palmer, and Nathan Schneider, Proc. Linguistic Annotation Workshop (LAW VII-ID), ACL, 2013. [pdf]

    "Smatch: an Evaluation Metric for Semantic Feature Structures," Shu Cai and Kevin Knight, Proc. ACL, 2013. [pdf]

    "Language-Independent Parsing with Empty Elements." Shu Cai, David Chiang, Yoav Goldberg. In Proceedings of the 49th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), 2011. [pdf][slides]

    "Improved Reordering Rules for Hierarchical Phrase-based Translation." Shu Cai, Yajuan Lv, Qun Liu. International Conference of Asian Language Processing (IALP), 2009. [pdf][slides]

  • Activities
  • I was the organizer of USC/ISI Natural Language Reading Group during summer, 2011.


  • Education
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Ph.D student in Computer Science, Aug.2010 - Present

    Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, P.R.China
    Master in Computer Science, Sep.2007 - June.2010

    Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, P.R.China
    Dual B.S in Computer Science and Business Administration, Sep.2003 - June.2007

  • Internships
  • Google, Jun. 2013 - Aug.2013
    Samsung Information Systems America, May 2012 - Aug.2012
    Microsoft Search Technology Center Asia, May 2010 - Jun.2010
    eBay China Development Center, Jul.2006 - Aug.2006

  • Teaching
  • I was the teaching assistant of CSCI 562: Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing during Fall, 2011.

  • Honors and Awards
  • USC Annenberg Graduate Fellowship (2010)
    Excellent Academic Scholarship of Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 3 successive years (2004-2006)


  • Email: shucai [AT] usc [DOT] edu
  • Personal

    Besides computer science, I'm also interested in history, culture, economy and management. Traveling, cooking and reading occupy most of my spare time.

    I love jogging, hiking and swimming.

    Last Update: Aug, 2013.