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  • PhD Thesis Proposal - Yuchen Lin

    Tue, Feb 08, 2022 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    PhD Candidate: Yuchen Lin

    Title: Commonsense Reasoning for Natural Language Processing

    Tuesday: Feb 8, 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Committee members: chair: Prof. Xiang Ren (CS dept.), Prof. Cyrus Shahabi (CS dept.), Prof. Yan Liu (CS dept.), Prof. Robin Jia (CS dept.), Prof. Toby Mintz (Department of Psychology).


    Common sense is all the background knowledge we have about the physical and social world that we have absorbed over our lives. It includes such things as our understanding of physics as well as our expectations about how humans behave. Commonsense knowledge is required before intelligent agents can anticipate how people and the physical world will react before they make decisions. However, it has long been a bottleneck for developing artificial general intelligence to use commonsense reasoning ability for understanding and generating natural language in real-world situations. In this thesis proposal, I present a series of work that enables natural language processing models to reason with commonsense knowledge. Specifically, my Ph.D. work focuses on using external knowledge bases to improve neural language models and developing generative, open-ended reasoning models that can serve real-life applications.

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/9502121213

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon


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