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Shirley Anugrah Hayati


Hello! 🤗

I'm a PhD student at the School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, working with Diyi Yang at SALT Lab.

Broadly, my research aims to combine NLP with human-computer interaction and computational social science.

Specifically, I am interested in:

  • understanding human behavior through NLP methods
  • exploring the field of stylistic analysis
  • designing fair and interpretable NLP
  • connecting psychology and cultural study with NLP for social good.

I obtained my masters degree from Carnegie Mellon University Language Technologies Institute and my bachelor degree in computer science from Universitas Indonesia.

Before my PhD, I worked as a research specialist at the University of Pennsylvania with Lyle Ungar and Ian Barnett on stylistic studies, explainable NLP, and digital phenotyping.


  • 04.2022: Gave a talk (in Indonesian) at Jakarta Machine Learning talk series in collaboration with Google Developers Space
  • 11.2021: I am featured at Georgia Tech College of Computing news for promoting diversity at tech through the GT-GAS program!
  • 11.2021: Attending EMNLP 2021 (virtually) for my Hummingbird paper 🐦
  • 10.2021: Will be giving a talk at the University of Minnesota NLP seminar 🤓

Selected Publications

Does BERT Learn as Humans Perceive? Understanding Linguistic Styles through Lexica

Shirley Anugrah Hayati, Dongyeop Kang, Lyle Ungar
EMNLP 2021 Main Conference

INSPIRED: Toward Sociable Recommendation Dialog Systems

Shirley Anugrah Hayati, Dongyeop Kang, Qingxiaoyang Zhu, Weiyan Shi, Zhou Yu
EMNLP 2020 Main Conference

Retrieval-Based Neural Code Generation

Shirley Anugrah Hayati, Raphael Olivier, Pravalika Avvaru, Anthony Tomasic, Graham Neubig
EMNLP 2018


I grew up in Tangerang Selatan, Indonesia. My hobbies are writing stories, reading novels, drawing characters, making comics, learning new languages, and traveling. I also enjoy photography and video editing.

Spending two years in Pittsburgh makes me fall in love with vermillion leaves 🍂 in fall and snowy winter wonderland ❄️ (winter without snow is no fun!). Meanwhile, California keeps me excited in spring 🌹 and summer 🌻. How about Atlanta? I LOVE the nature!! ❤ Now hiking is my new hobby 💃🏻

If you want to talk about computer science, research in human-centered NLP, or grad school, feel free to reach out to me! 😁

I like naming projects or characters, so if you want name ideas, ping me as well and I'll be happy to suggest one! 😉