"Pathological Behaviours of Large Neural Models of Language"

by Dr Siva Reddy, McGill University

Update: the event has now finished (Mar 2nd 2021).


Large neural models of language have achieved state-of-the-art results on many NLP tasks like Question Answering. Despite this progress, they are known to be surprisingly brittle to variations of input. In this talk, we will systematically study the pathological behaviours of neural models in three scenarios: generalization to natural language sentence structure, generalization in reasoning strategies, and latent capture of societal biases.

Speaker’s bio

Siva Reddy is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science and Linguistics at McGill University. He is a Facebook CIFAR AI Chair and a core faculty member of Mila Quebec AI Institute. Before McGill, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Computer Science Department, Stanford University. He received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2017, where he was a Google PhD Fellow. His research focuses on Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics. He received the 2020 VentureBeat AI Innovation Award in NLP.


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