ISI Directory

Pei Zhou, Ph.D.

Graduate Research Assistant


B.S., Mathematics of Computation, University of California, Los Angeles


Pei (Leo) Zhou is a third year Ph.D. student in Computer Science at the University of Southern California (USC) and Information Sciences Institute (ISI) with Annenberg Fellowhsip, co-advised by Professors Jay Pujara and Xiang Ren.

Pei graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics of Computation from UCLA in 2019. I was working closely with Prof. Kai-Wei Chang and Prof. Yizhou Sun. In summers of 2020 and 2021, I interned as an applied scientist and a researcher at Amazon Alexa AI.

Research Summary

I'm particularly interested in Commonsense Reasoning in Human Communication. I also have interests in fairness in NLP, knowledge graphs, and robustness.

For my up-to-date list of publications please check my webpage or Google scholar page.


USC Graduate Fellow Travel Award, 2019
ACL Student Research Workshop Travel Grant, 2019
ICDM Student Travel Award, 2018
Internet Research Initiative Prize for 2018-2019 at UCLA
ASA Datafest at UCLA Judge's Choice Award, 2018
UCLA Dean's Honor List, 2015-2019