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My work: I aim to make language a complementary part of the interface for any application (e.g. from desktop spreadsheets to mobile apps). This involves solving a range of fascinating challenges through new methods in Artificial Intelligence and Crowdsourcing.

Executable Semantic Parsing (e.g., text-to-SQL)
Human-AI Collaborative Systems

Me: I am currently a Senior Lecturer (ie., research tenure-track Assistant Professor) at the University of Sydney.


April, 2023: Congratulations to Andrew on the EACL paper, which shows that empathy identification systems are not currently using context [paper].

April, 2022: Congratulations to Charlie and Laura for their ACL and NAACL papers, on how to personalise language models for new users [paper], and what paraphrases can tell us about contextual embeddings models like BERT [paper].

December, 2021: Our team has been awarded a DARPA grant as part of the SHADE AIE program. I’m collaborating with Jordan Boyd-Graber (Maryland), Brandon Stewart (Princeton), and Jonathan May (USC / ISI).

September, 2021: Congratulations to Laura and Andrew for their EMNLP and Findings of EMNLP papers, on the stability of embeddings in different languages [paper], and an architecture for interpretable models built out of smaller, more focused models [paper].

August, 2021: I’ve been awarded a DECRA Fellowship by the Australian Research Council.

Joining my lab

If you are interested in working with me, please see my recruiting pages:

Acknowledgement of Country

I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land where I work and live, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. I pay my respects to Elders past, present, and emerging. I celebrate the stories, culture, and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of all communities who also work and live on this land.

Acknowledgement written based on advice from dot come words, AIATSIS, and Reconciliation Australia.