Hongli Zhan | 詹弘立


Office: RLP 4.108

Arrogance is a sign of ignorance.

I am a 3rd year Ph.D. student in Computational Linguistics at The University of Texas at Austin, where I’m blessed to be advised by Professor Junyi Jessy Li. The ambition of my research is to build emotionally intelligent AI systems in a broader social context. I am part of the UT Austin NLP community, and am currently leading the UT Austin Natural Language Learning Reading Group. If you have a paper you’re interested in reading, feel free to share it with me, and we can discuss it at the bi-weekly meeting together ;)

My CV is linked here. Media coverage of my research can be found here. The profile photo was taken at the presentation of my first-ever paper, which was accepted to EMNLP 2022.

Casually, I go by Henry.


• Ph.D. in Computational Linguistics (Minor in Computer Science), 2021 – Present
The University of Texas at Austin
Advisor: Professor Junyi Jessy Li
• B.A. in English Linguistics (Second Major in Law), 2017 – 2021
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Awards: Outstanding Undergraduate; Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award


* denotes equal contributions

  1. EMNLP 2023Findings
    Evaluating Subjective Cognitive Appraisals of Emotions from Large Language Models
    Hongli ZhanDesmond C. Ong, and Junyi Jessy Li
    In Findings of the Association for Computational Linguistics: EMNLP 2023 Dec 2023
  2. ACL 2023Main
    Unsupervised Extractive Summarization of Emotion Triggers
    In Proceedings of the 61st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Volume 1: Long Papers) Jul 2023
  3. EMNLP 2022Main
    Why Do You Feel This Way? Summarizing Triggers of Emotions in Social Media Posts
    In Proceedings of the 2022 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing Dec 2022