Second Workshop on Interactive Learning for Natural Language Processing
Organizing Committee (in alphabetical order)
- Yoav Artzi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and
Cornell Tech at Cornell University. He holds a B.Sc. from Tel Aviv University and a
Ph.D.from the University of Washington. Along his academic work, he conducts research at
ASAPP. He studies methods for natural language understanding and generation in automated,
situated systems. His research goals are: (a) to build computer systems that interact
with users using natural language and continuously improve through interaction, and (b)
to develop computational understanding of natural language as a communication system.
A core principle underlying his current work is that learning,production, and
comprehension of natural language does not occur in isolation, but within dynamic
interactions with other intentional agents situated in a shared environment.
- Kianté Brantley is a Postdoctoral scholar at Cornell working with Thorsten
Joachims. He complete his Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Maryland
College Park (UMD) advised by Professor Hal Daumé III. Brantley designs algorithms that
efficiently integrate domain knowledge into sequential decision-making problems. He is
most excited about imitation learning and interactive learning or, more broadly,
settings that involve a feedback loop between a machine learning agent and the input
the machine learning agent sees.
- Soham Dan is a final-year PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania, advised
by Dan Roth. His research focuses on natural language understanding, specifically, in
the context of grounded domains. He is interested in a number of topics related to
grounded instruction following: concept learning, compositional generalization,
interactive learning, semantic parsing, and robust learning from weak supervision.
- Khanh Nguyen is a final-year PhD student in Computer Science at the University
of Maryland–College Park, advised by Prof. Hal Daumé III. He obtained my Bachelor degree
in Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, working closely with
Prof. Brendan O’Connor and Prof. Erik Learned-Miller. He also spent several summers at
Microsoft Research, collaborating with the NLP group and the Reinforcement Learning
groups in Redmond and New York. His research focus is to build agents that can
communicate naturally and effectively with humans to better assist them.
- Ji-Ung Lee is a PhD student at the Technical University of Darmstadt. His
research focuses on effective model training from user feedback in low-data scenarios
coupled with providing the user with instances that fit their needs.
- Edwin Simpson is a lecturer at the University of Bristol working on interactive
learning for NLP and machine learning for crowdsourced annotation with an interest in
Bayesian methods for handling uncertainty.
- Alane Suhr is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Computer Science at Cornell
University. Her research spans natural language processing, machine learning, and
computer vision, with a focus on building systems that participate and continually learn
in situated natural language interactions with human users.