his Life



Xuefeng left this world with great hope and promise, thinking about completing his PhD on emotion and metaphor, anticipating an exciting and fruitful research visit to Europe (Groningen), and celebrating the publication of his most recent research* at LREC, the world’s leading conference on language resources and language technology. Without COVID-19 lockdown, he would have been sharing his exciting academic discussion at LREC, as well as his joy of travelling Marseille and Provence (probably with some friends from our lab and elsewhere). Let’s not remember Xuefeng as just another soul we lost among all tragedies in the year of COVID-19. Let’s remember his smiles and his always warm and helpful manner, like warming sunshine on the pure white snow peak.

* Xiang, Rong, Xuefeng Gao, Yunfei Long, Anran Li, Emmanuele Chersoni, Qin Lu, and Chu-Ren Huang. 2020. Ciron: a New Benchmark Dataset for Chinese Irony Detection. In Proceedings of The 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, pp. 5714-5720.