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Freda Shi

Faculty Member

Assistant Professor, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo

Freda Shi is an Assistant Professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo and a Faculty Member at the Vector Institute. Shi’s research interests are in computational linguistics, natural language processing, and cognitive science, as well as related aspects of machine learning. Shi received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago, and her B.S. in Intelligence Science from Peking University.

Research Interests

  • Computational Linguistics
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Cognitive Science
  • Machine Learning


  • Nominations for the Best Paper Award, ACL (2019, 2021, 2024) 
  • Highlighted Reviewer, ICLR 2022
  • Google PhD Fellowship, 2021-2024
  • Finalist, Facebook PhD Fellowship, 2021