Allen Institute for AI

AI2 ISRAEL

About

The Allen Institute for AI Israel office was founded in 2019 in Sarona, Tel Aviv. AI2's mission is to contribute to humanity through high-impact AI research and engineering.

AI2 Israel About

AI2 Israel continues our mission of AI for the Common Good through groundbreaking research in natural language processing and machine learning, all in close association with the AI2 home office in Seattle, Washington.

Our Focus

The focus of AI2 Israel is bringing people closer to information, by creating and using advanced language-centered AI. As a scientific approach, we believe in combining strong linguistics-oriented foundations, state-of-the-art machine learning, and top-notch engineering, with a user oriented design.

For application domains, we focus on understanding and answering complex questions, filling in commonsense gaps in text, and enabling robust extraction of structured information from text. This is an integral part of AI2’s vision of pushing the boundaries of the algorithmic understanding of human language and advancing the common good through AI.

AI2 Israel also enjoys research relationships with top local universities Tel Aviv University and Bar-Ilan University.

Team

  • Yoav Goldberg's Profile PhotoYoav GoldbergResearch Director, AI2 Israel
  • Ron Yachini's Profile PhotoRon YachiniChief Operating Officer, AI2 Israel
  • Jonathan Berant's Profile PhotoJonathan BerantResearch
  • Yaara Cohen's Profile PhotoYaara CohenEngineering
  • Matan Eyal's Profile PhotoMatan EyalResearch & Engineering
  • Tom Hope's Profile PhotoTom HopeYoung Investigator
  • Yael Rachmut's Profile PhotoYael RachmutOperations
  • Shoval Sadde's Profile PhotoShoval SaddeLinguistics
  • Micah Shlain's Profile PhotoMicah ShlainResearch & Engineering
  • Alon Talmor's Profile PhotoAlon TalmorResearch
  • Hillel  Taub-Tabib's Profile PhotoHillel Taub-TabibResearch & Engineering
  • Reut Tsarfaty's Profile PhotoReut TsarfatyResearch

Current Openings

AI2 Israel is a non-profit offering exceptional opportunities for researchers and engineers to develop AI for the common good. We are currently looking for outstanding software engineers and research engineers. Candidates should send their CV to: ai2israel-cv@allenai.org

AI2 Israel Office

Research Areas

DIY Information Extraction

Data scientists have a set of tools to work with structured data in tables. But how does one extract meaning from textual data? While NLP provides some solutions, they all require expertise in either machine learning, linguistics, or both. How do we expose advanced AI and text mining capabilities to domain experts who do not know ML or CS?

Question Understanding

The goal of this project is to develop models that understand complex questions in broad domains, and answer them from multiple information sources. Our research revolves around investigating symbolic and distributed representations that facilitate reasoning over multiple facts and offer explanations for model decisions.

Missing Elements

Current natural language processing technology aims to process what is explicitly mentioned in text. But what about the elements that are being left out of the text, yet are easily and naturally inferred by the human hearer? Can our computer programs identify and infer such elements too? In this project, we develop benchmarks and models to endow NLP applications with this capacity.

AI Gamification

The goal of this project is to involve the public in the development of better AI models. We use stimulating games alongside state-of-the-art AI models to create an appealing experience for non-scientific users. We aim to improve the ways data is collected for AI training as well as surface strengths and weaknesses of current models.

  • Extractive search over CORD-19 with 3 powerful query modes | AI2 Israel, DIY Information Extraction

    SPIKE-CORD is powerful sentence-level, context-aware, and linguistically informed extractive search system for exploring the CORD-19 corpus.

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    Extractive search over CORD-19 with 3 powerful query modes | AI2 Israel, DIY Information Extraction

    SPIKE-CORD is powerful sentence-level, context-aware, and linguistically informed extractive search system for exploring the CORD-19 corpus.

    Try the demo
  • Break QDMR representation
    Try the QDMR CopyNet parser | AI2 Israel, Question Understanding

    Live demo of the QDMR CopyNet parser from the paper Break It Down: A Question Understanding Benchmark (TACL 2020). The parser receives a natural language question as input and returns its Question Decomposition Meaning Representation (QDMR). Each step in the decomposition constitutes a subquestion necessary to answer the original question. More info: https://allenai.github.io/Break/

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  • Break QDMR representation
    Try the QDMR CopyNet parser | AI2 Israel, Question Understanding

    Live demo of the QDMR CopyNet parser from the paper Break It Down: A Question Understanding Benchmark (TACL 2020). The parser receives a natural language question as input and returns its Question Decomposition Meaning Representation (QDMR). Each step in the decomposition constitutes a subquestion necessary to answer the original question. More info: https://allenai.github.io/Break/

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    • A Simple and Effective Model for Answering Multi-span Questions

      Elad Segal, Avia Efrat, Mor Shoham, Amir Globerson, Jonathan BerantEMNLP2020Models for reading comprehension (RC) commonly restrict their output space to the set of all single contiguous spans from the input, in order to alleviate the learning problem and avoid the need for a model that generates text explicitly. However, forcing an answer to be a single span can be… more
    • QADiscourse - Discourse Relations as QA Pairs: Representation, Crowdsourcing and Baselines

      Valentina Pyatkin, Ayal Klein, Reut Tsarfaty, Ido DaganEMNLP2020Discourse relations describe how two propositions relate to one another, and identifying them automatically is an integral part of natural language understanding. However, annotating discourse relations typically requires expert annotators. Recently, different semantic aspects of a sentence have… more
    • Evaluating Models' Local Decision Boundaries via Contrast Sets

      M. Gardner, Y. Artzi, V. Basmova, J. Berant, B. Bogin, S. Chen, P. Dasigi, D. Dua, Y. Elazar, A. Gottumukkala, N. Gupta, H. Hajishirzi, G. Ilharco, D.Khashabi, K. Lin, J. Liu, N. F. Liu, P. Mulcaire, Q. Ning, S.Singh, N.A. Smith, S. Subramanian, et alFindings of EMNLP2020Standard test sets for supervised learning evaluate in-distribution generalization. Unfortunately, when a dataset has systematic gaps (e.g., annotation artifacts), these evaluations are misleading: a model can learn simple decision rules that perform well on the test set but do not capture a… more
    • Learning Object Detection from Captions via Textual Scene Attributes

      Achiya Jerbi, Roei Herzig, Jonathan Berant, Gal Chechik, Amir GlobersonarXiv2020Object detection is a fundamental task in computer vision, requiring large annotated datasets that are difficult to collect, as annotators need to label objects and their bounding boxes. Thus, it is a significant challenge to use cheaper forms of supervision effectively. Recent work has begun to… more
    • Scene Graph to Image Generation with Contextualized Object Layout Refinement

      Maor Ivgi, Yaniv Benny, Avichai Ben-David, Jonathan Berant, Lior WolfarXiv2020Generating high-quality images from scene graphs, that is, graphs that describe multiple entities in complex relations, is a challenging task that attracted substantial interest recently. Prior work trained such models by using supervised learning, where the goal is to produce the exact target… more

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    Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence to Open Israeli Branch

    CTech
    May 20, 2019
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