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Yang Xu

Faculty Affiliate

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Toronto

Yang Xu is Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and the Cognitive Science Program at the University of Toronto. He obtained his BA/MEng from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Machine Learning from Carnegie Mellon University. He took a postdoctoral position in the Department of Linguistics at UC Berkeley. His current research focuses on understanding the human lexicon from a computational perspective, particularly how word meanings vary over time and across languages. He also develops computational methods for exploring diachronic processes such as semantic change and moral change.

Research Interests

  • Natural Language Processing
  • Bayesian Methods
  • Computational Cognition and Linguistics


  • Amazon Research Award
  • Ontario Early Researcher Award