Christopher H. Lin (林懷璿)
MS, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington, March 2013
BA, Computer Science, Mathematics, UC Berkeley, May 2011

About Me

Image of Christopher H. Lin I am a PhD student in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. I am advised by Dan Weld and Mausam. My primary research interests are in the field of Artificial Intelligence. I research probabilistic planning and reinforcement learning techniques guided by applications in crowdsourcing. In particular, I am interested in creating tools that non-experts can use to build intelligent adaptive systems that exploit the different strengths of machines (crunching numbers, optimizing objective functions) and humans (flash judgments) to optimally (with respect to a cost/quality tradeoff) complete tasks.

In my free time, I play the violin. I was a member of the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra for all four years of my undergraduate studies, played a couple years with the UW Symphony Orchestra, and now play with the Seattle Philharmonic, which is not the Seattle Symphony. I most enjoy the works of late romantic/early 20th century Russian and German composers (Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Mahler, R. Strauss, Brahms, etc). I also like Beethoven. I've performed Tchaikovsky's 5th in Carnegie Hall under Benjamin Zander, and after experiencing the amazing acoustics, I think that playing/listening inside Carnegie Hall should be on everyone's bucket list. If I had to pick a favorite symphony, I would say Mahler's 3rd. Not only is it amazingly beautiful, it was the last symphony that I performed with the UCBSO, and holds significant sentimental value. I like to keep a list of all the orchestral repertoire that I have played.


I have taken the following graduate courses:


Selected Publications

Please see my Resume/CV for a full list.
  1. Christopher H. Lin, Mausam, and Daniel S. Weld. "Towards a Language for Non-Expert Specification of POMDPs for Crowdsourcing." In Works In Progress Track of the 1st AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP). Palm Springs, CA, USA. Nov 2013.
  2. Christopher H. Lin, Mausam, and Daniel S. Weld. "Crowdsourcing Control: Moving Beyond Multiple Choice." In Proceedings of the 28th Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI). Catalina Island, CA, USA. Aug 2012.
    Acceptance rate: 31%
    [PDF] [Supplementary Materials]
  3. Christopher H. Lin, Mausam, and Daniel S. Weld. "Dynamically Switching between Synergistic Workflows for Crowdsourcing." In Proceedings of the 26th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). Toronto, ON, Canada. July 2012.
    Accepted for both oral and poster presentation
    Acceptance rate: 26%
    [PDF] [Talk]

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Last Updated: September 29 2013