William Wang Assistant Professor

Department of Computer Science
University of California, Santa Barbara
Harold Frank Hall, Room 1115
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

PhD, Carnegie Mellon University

Research Interests

  • Natural Language Processing
    • Information Extraction
    • Social Media
    • Language & Vision
    • Spoken Language Processing
  • Machine Learning
    • Statistical Relational Learning
    • Deep Learning
    • Structure Learning
    • Reinforcement Learning
  • Artificial Intelligence
    • Knowledge Representation & Reasoning
    • Knowledge Graphs


I am hiring a few talented PhD students to work with me. Please see my requirements above and check out an awesome video of UCSB.


Winter 2017 - CS190I: Introduction to NLP
Spring 2017 - CS292F: Deep Learning for NLP
Fall 2017 - CS40: Foundations of CS
Winter 2018 - CS291D: Deep Learning for NLP
Spring 2018 - CS190I: Introduction to NLP


  • 06/16/2017: Thanks Academic Senate for supporting our research!
  • 05/26/2017: Congratulations to NLP lab's undergraduate research students Tyler Vuong and Daniel Spokoyny: both Tyler and Daniel were accepted to CMU, and they are heading to my alma mater for PhD!
  • 05/07/2017: VICE Motherboard covered our recent work on automated fake news detection. LINK PDF
  • 04/21/2017: I briefly chatted with Fast Company about end-to-end neural network speech synthesizers. LINK PDF
  • 03/31/2017: Our paper on a new benchmark dataset for automatic fake news detection was accepted to ACL 2017.
  • 12/16/2016: Will be serving as an Area Chair of Machine Learning for ACL 2017.
  • 12/07/2016: Thanks Amazon AWS for supporting our research!
  • 10/07/2016: my biased view on how to do research.
  • 09/27/2016: Thanks NVIDIA for supporting us with a GPU grant!
  • 09/26/2016: I gave a talk on knowledge graph reasoning at the SoCal Data Science Conference at USC. Glad to see the growth and demands for data scientists in SoCal!
  • 09/23/2016: I will be traveling to EMNLP in November. Happy to chat about UCSB postdoc and PhD student opportunities at the conference.
  • 07/22/2016: In a recent objective CS department ranking by UMass, UCSB CS Department ranked at top-3 position for smaller departments with <= 35 faculty members.
  • 07/01/2016: Named top-2 prolific first authors for NLP/ML during 2012-2016.
  • 06/13/2016: The slides for my NAACL tutorial on statistical relational learning with William Cohen: Link.