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  • NL Seminar-Anti Queer Bias in Large Language Models

    Thu, Jun 30, 2022 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Katy Felkner, USC/ISI

    Talk Title: Anti-Queer Bias in Large Language Models

    Series: NL Seminar

    Abstract: REMINDER:
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    In-person attendance will be permitted for USC ISI faculty, staff, students only. Open to the public virtually via the zoom registration link and online.

    Happy Pride. To close out Pride Month at ISI, this talk will discuss fairness and bias in LLMs as it relates to the LGBTQ community. We will explore current methods for detecting and mitigating bias in LLMs, as well as the lack of current research focusing specifically on homophobic and transphobic biases. The talk will present recent exploratory work on whether and to what extent biases against queer and trans people are encoded in large language models LLMs such as BERT. It will discuss a new method for reducing these biases in downstream tasks: fine-tuning the models on data written by and or about queer people. It will also discuss a new benchmark dataset, WinoQueer, modeled after other bias detection benchmarks but addressing homophobic and transphobic biases. This work was accepted to the Queer in AI workshop at NAACL 2022.

    Biography: Katy Felkner is a rising 3rd year PhD student at USC Information Sciences Institute. Her primary research focus is extremely low-resource machine translation. She is also interest in fairness and bias in large language models. Prior to USC, she received dual bachelors degrees in Computer Science and Letters general humanities from the University of Oklahoma. Her research is supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Katy is passionate about making computer science more welcoming for women and queer students.

    Host: Jon May and Thamme Gowda

    More Info: https://nlg.isi.edu/nl-seminar/

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96713436677

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - Virtual

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96713436677

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Pete Zamar

    Event Link: https://nlg.isi.edu/nl-seminar/

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