Hi, this is Xiaobin. I am currently a PhD candidate of the LEAD Graduate School & Research Network of the Universität Tübingen in Germany. I am working with a team led by Prof. Detmar Meurers whose research interests are Computational Linguistics and its application in foreign language teaching. We are interested in building Intelligent Computer Asisted Language Learning (ICALL) systems that utilize Natural Language Processing (NLP) technologies and are informed by second language acquisition theories and practice.
Personally, I am currently involved in my thesis study on automatic assessment of text complexity and on how to link learner proficiency with text complexity. The purpose of this research is to find an optimal method to automatically assign texts of appropriate difficulty levels based on the reader's language proficiencies.
Before joining LEAD, I had worked as an English lecturer for six years at the School of Foreign Languages of the South China University of Technology, where I also obtained my Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in English and Applied Linguistics. I met my wife there too. :)
I am leading a happy life with my wonderful wife Wei Chang and our two adorable children Danning and Yuanning in Tübingen.