I’m a principal research scientist at the MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit R&D center, where I study applications of artificial intelligence, deep learning, and natural language processing to solve problems in the public interest. I live in Denver, CO.
Some aspects of our work in recent years include:
- online adaptation of neural networks using attention and external memory
- weakly supervised techniques for interpreting brain activity, audio signals
- transfer learning from monolingual data to improve neural machine translation
- ultra low power intelligent sensors and neural networks on mobile devices
- detection of astroturf, information campaigns, and influential stories on Twitter
- determining whether a tweet author is in favor of / against a given topic
- detecting whether or not two sentences have the same or very similar meaning
- estimating the demographics of authors via analysis of writing samples
- identifying a mobile device user by observing his/her behavioral biometrics
- tracking obesity trends around the country as reflected in social media activity
- summarization of thousands of messages into a paragraph of text
- recommendation of texts based on their content (as opposed to popularity)
- task planning for a swarm of robots using auction-like behavior
- predicting the native language of a non-native English speaker
Occasionally Updated News & Links:
- 2017/10: Looking forward to upcoming talks at Georgetown (Nov 8) and the Ann Arbor Deep Learning Event (Nov 18)
- 2017/04: I’ll be at the 2017 Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Engineering workshop as an invitee of the Autonomous Agents in Unknown Environments topic; interested students see link to apply
- 2017/02: DEEPLANG ranked 3rd of 31 teams’ crosslingual semantic textual similarity systems (genre: image captions); Simple Semantic Similarity paper to be presented this summer
- 2016/12: Heading to NIPS 2016 with three from our team, reach out in Barcelona to talk about monolingual data in NMT or spiking nets!
- 2016/10: I’ll speak about tuning neural machine translation at AMTA in Austin
- 2016/08: Headed to Berlin: ACL & Conference on Machine Translation (WMT)
- 2016/04: Upcoming conferences & workshops: ICLR, NAACL, and the IBM TrueNorth BootCamp reunion
- 2016/03: Jenni Nettik & I won the first round of a challenge to invent a technology that helps low-income kids learn language! Word Gap Challenge winners.
- 2016/02: We took 1st place in SemEval 2016 Task 6: Detecting Stance in Tweets!
- 2015/10: Upcoming conferences & workshops: Dublin for Deep Learning for Machine Translation, Montreal for NIPS 2015
- 2015/10: I’m giving a talk at Johns Hopkins CLSP Seminar on Oct. 6
- 2015/09: A new article about our DEEPLANG team was just posted
- 2015/09: I’ll be speaking at the USC/ISI NL Seminar on Sept. 11
- 2015/06: Our Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Engineering Workshop on NLP runs from June 28 – July 18. Students interested in participating, see link for details.
- 2015/06: Come see my talk at NAACL / SemEval: June 4 at 10:15
- 2015/01: Proud of our team! We took 1st place in SemEval 2015 Task 1: Semantic Similarity in Twitter
And sometimes, when I do things right, Alyssa Milano tweets about our work:
You Can't Keep Your Secrets From Twitter☛ http://bit.ly/pxQZZr /via @fastcompany
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 27, 2011