About me

Hi, I'm Kailai, a third-year Ph.D. candidate (President's Doctoral Scholar Awardee) at The University of Manchester and the NaCTeM group. I'm advised by Prof. Sophia Ananiadou and Prof. Junichi Tsujii. I obtained my B.E. degree in Computer Science and Technology from Harbin Institute of Technology, China.

My reserach mainly lies in natural language processing. I'm now interested in dialogue systems, especially the latest development in large language models. I'm working on aligning LLMs to human preferences and values. I'm also exploring effiecient tuning of foundation models to enable broader access of their power. My previous works focus on affective computing and AI for mental health.

I also love the game of basketball, reading, movies, and I am a huge sci-fi fan. Reach out if you are interested in collaboration or just want to have a nice chat! :)


  • May, 2024 One paper accepted by ACL 2024 and one paper accepted by KDD 2024.
  • May, 2024 Our paper: "MetaAligner: Towards Generalizable Multi-Objective Alignment of Language Models" has been open-sourced at github.
  • Apr, 2024 I will work as a co-organizer of the shared task: FinLLM colocated with FinNLP-AgentScen@IJCAI-2024.
  • Apr, 2024 Our paper: "SuicidEmoji: Derived Emoji Dataset and Tasks for Suicide-Related Social Content" has been accepted by SIGIR 2024 as a short paper.
  • Mar, 2024 New preprint: "MetaAligner: Conditional Weak-to-Strong Correction for Generalizable Multi-Objective Alignment of Language Models".
  • Mar, 2024 New preprint: "HealMe: Harnessing Cognitive Reframing in Large Language Models for Psychotherapy".
  • Mar, 2024 New preprint: "ConspEmoLLM: Conspiracy Theory Detection Using an Emotion-Based Large Language Model".
  • Feb, 2024 New preprint: "The FinBen: An Holistic Financial Benchmark for Large Language Models".
  • Feb, 2024 Our paper: "Emotion Detection for Misinformation: A Review" has been accepted by Information Fusion.
  • Jan, 2024 Our paper: "MentaLLaMA: Interpretable Mental Health Analysis on Social Media with Large Language Models" has been accepted by WWW 2024 as a long paper. See you in Singapore!
  • Jan, 2024 New preprint: "EmoLLMs: A Series of Emotional Large Language Models and Annotation Tools for Comprehensive Affective Analysis".
  • Jan, 2024 New preprint: "Large Language Models in Mental Health Care: a Scoping Review".
  • Dec, 2023 I'm invited to give a talk about MentaLLaMA at the mental health special interest group at the Alan Turing Institute!
  • Nov, 2023 I'm invited to serve on the Program Committee for WWW 2024.


Professional Services

  • Journal Reviewer
    • IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering
    • ACM Transactions on Computing for Healthcare
    • CAAI Transactions on Intelligence Technology
    • Artificial Intelligence Review
    • Information Processing & Management
    • Scientific Reports
  • Program Committee/Reviewer
    • NAACL’ 24
    • WWW’ 24
    • ACL’ 23, 24
    • EACL’ 24
    • ACL Rolling Review 22, 23
    • BIBM’ 22
    • PAKDD’ 22, 23
  • Organizer/Session Chair/Volunteer