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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    • Break It Down: A Question Understanding Benchmark

      Tomer Wolfson, Mor Geva, Ankit Gupta, Matt Gardner, Yoav Goldberg, Daniel Deutch, Jonathan BerantTACL2020Understanding natural language questions entails the ability to break down a question into the requisite steps for computing its answer. In this work, we introduce a Question Decomposition Meaning Representation (QDMR) for questions. QDMR constitutes the ordered list of steps, expressed through… more
    • A Formal Hierarchy of RNN Architectures

      William. Merrill, Gail Garfinkel Weiss, Yoav Goldberg, Roy Schwartz, Noah A. Smith, Eran YahavACL2020We develop a formal hierarchy of the expressive capacity of RNN architectures. The hierarchy is based on two formal properties: space complexity, which measures the RNN's memory, and rational recurrence, defined as whether the recurrent update can be described by a weighted finite-state machine. We… more
    • A Two-Stage Masked LM Method for Term Set Expansion

      Guy Kushilevitz, Shaul Markovitch, Yoav GoldbergACL2020We tackle the task of Term Set Expansion (TSE): given a small seed set of example terms from a semantic class, finding more members of that class. The task is of great practical utility, and also of theoretical utility as it requires generalization from few examples. Previous approaches to the TSE… more
    • Injecting Numerical Reasoning Skills into Language Models

      Mor Geva, Ankit Gupta, Jonathan BerantACL2020Large pre-trained language models (LMs) are known to encode substantial amounts of linguistic information. However, high-level reasoning skills, such as numerical reasoning, are difficult to learn from a language-modeling objective only. Consequently, existing models for numerical reasoning have… more
    • Interactive Extractive Search over Biomedical Corpora

      Hillel Taub-Tabib, Micah Shlain, Shoval Sadde, Dan Lahav, Matan Eyal, Yaara Cohen, Yoav GoldbergACL2020We present a system that allows life-science researchers to search a linguistically annotated corpus of scientific texts using patterns over dependency graphs, as well as using patterns over token sequences and a powerful variant of boolean keyword queries. In contrast to previous attempts to… more

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    Haaretz
    September 6, 2019
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    המחיר המושתק של בינה מלאכותית (The secret price of artificial intelligence)

    ynet
    August 12, 2019
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    Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence to Open Israeli Branch

    CTech
    May 20, 2019
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