Alane Suhr

Alane Suhr

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PhD Student
Computer Science / Cornell Tech
Cornell University

I am a PhD student in Computer Science at Cornell University. My advisor is Yoav Artzi and my research area is natural language processing. I am currently supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. In 2016, I graduated from Ohio State University with a BS in Computer Science and Engineering and a minor in Linguistics. My name is pronounced /əˈleɪn ˈsuəɹ/. You can call me Alane or she/her.

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Research Overview

I study grounded natural language understanding, recently focusing on topics in vision and language, instruction following, semantic parsing, and language understanding in multi-turn interactions. In a natural language interaction, the meaning of each utterance goes far beyond its literal semantics, and robust natural language understanding agents must take into account the context of the interaction. I am currently focused on environment context (e.g., reasoning about an image or a database) and interaction context (e.g., reasoning about the interlocutor). My long-term goal is to build models of such language understanding agents by 1) designing tasks and datasets which isolate and control for specific grounding phenomena while retaining the full expressivity of natural language, 2) designing architectures for modeling such phenomena, and 3) applying and designing learning methods which do not require direct supervision.