Yadong is a Ph.D. candidate at UBC who is passionate about studying speech communication from behavioural and cognitive perspectives. His research interests include human speech postures, silent speech interfaces, and detecting mental diseases through speech analysis. Additionally, Yadong has expertise in natural language processing, focusing on topics such as sentiment analysis, semantic role labelling, and sentence parsing. As a UBC DSSG Fellow, Yadong works with the IJF to contribute to a better understanding of Canadian politics by visualizing networks of lobbying, charitable giving, and political donations. When he’s not working or studying, Yadong enjoys hiking, music, and photography.