Mike Zhang



Rued Langgaards Vej 7, 2300,

Copenhagen, Denmark

Hello there! My name is Mike Zhang. I’m a third-year PhD Student at the IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) under supervision of Prof. Barbara Plank and dr. Rob van der Goot. I am part of the NLPnorth research unit at the IT University of Copenhagen and also affiliated with the MaiNLP Lab at CIS (Center for Information and Language Processing) at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU).

I am currently visiting WING (Web Information Retrieval & Natural Language Processing Group) at the National University of Singapore, advised by Prof. Min-Yen Kan. I will work on NLP and IR related to job descriptions and related text sources.

My main focus is working on automated high-quality Information Extraction from unstructured text with real-life use cases that have societal impact. In my case, I am working on Skill Extraction for Job Market Understanding, where I’m aiming to get a bigger picture of the labour market to aid in, e.g., re-skilling the workforce. My other interests include tricks and approaches to get more labeled training data and/or exploit models for tasks with limited data — this includes Active Learning, Weak Supervision, and Transfer Learning.


Feb 3, 2023 I joined WING for my research stay (6 months)
Dec 22, 2022 Wrapped up my internship at NEC Laboratories Europe.
Oct 6, 2022 Two papers accepted at EMNLP 2022!

Selected Publications

  1. NAACL 2022
    SkillSpan: Hard and Soft Skill Extraction from English Job Postings
    Mike Zhang*, Kristian Jensen*, Sif Sonniks, and Barbara Plank
    In Proceedings of the 2022 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, 2022
  2. LREC 2022
    Kompetencer: Fine-grained Skill Classification in Danish Job Postings via Distant Supervision and Transfer Learning
    Mike Zhang*, Kristian Nørgaard Jensen*, and Barbara Plank
    In Proceedings of the Thirteenth Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, 2022
  3. EMNLP 2021
    Cartography Active Learning
    Mike Zhang, and Barbara Plank
    In Findings of the Association for Computational Linguistics: EMNLP 2021, 2021