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About

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence 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 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.

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 is the research director of AI2 Israel, and also an associate professor of computer science at Bar Ilan University. His research interests include language understanding technologies with real world applications, combining symbolic and neural representations, uncovering latent information in text, syntactic and semantic processing, and interpretability and foundational understanding of deep learning models for text and sequences. He authored a textbook on deep learning techniques for natural language processing, and was among the IEEE's AI Top 10 to Watch in 2018, and a recipient of the Krill Prize in Science in 2017. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Ben Gurion University, and spent time in Google Research as a post-doc. Learn more

    Yoav Goldberg

  • Ron is the COO of AI2 Israel. He has vast experience in venture capital, entrepreneurship, and management with cutting edge technology organizations such as IDE technologies, Gilat, GVT, Scitex, Motorola and IAF. He is author of *The Imperfect Guide To Entrepreneurship*. He has an MBA from IMD, Switzerland and an MSc in Computer Science from TAU. He is happily married to Shlomit and the proud father of Dana and Gili, his best ever venture and seed investment. Learn more

    Ron Yachini

  • Jonathan Berant is a senior lecturer at The Blavatnik School of Computer Science in Tel-Aviv University, specializing in Natural Language Understanding. He holds a Ph.D in Computer Science from Tel-Aviv University, was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University from 2012-2015, and a post-doctoral fellow at Google Research from 2015-2016. Jonathan works on Natural Language Understanding problems such as Semantic Parsing, Question Answering, Paraphrasing, and Reading Comprehension. He is mostly excited about learning from weak supervision that is easy to obtain and grounded in the world. Learn more

    Jonathan Berant

  • Reut Tsarfaty is an Assistant Professor at the Computer Science Department at the Open University of Israel. Reut holds a BSc. from the Technion and MSc./PhD. from the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam. She also held postdoctoral research fellowships at Uppsala University in Sweden and at the Weizmann Institute in Israel. Her research focuses on Natural Language parsing, broadly interpreted to cover morphological, syntactic and semantic phenomena, in English and across typologically different languages. NLP applications she has worked on include (but are not limited to) natural language programming, natural language navigation, automated essay scoring, the analysis and generation of social media content, and more. Outside of work Reut practices being a mother, a partner, a female and a person, all at once. Some of her best friends are linguists and philosophers. Learn more

    Reut Tsarfaty

  • Hillel Taub-Tabib is a research engineer. Hillel holds an MA degree in linguistics from Tel-Aviv University and an MSc in computer science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prior to joining AI2 he led the NLP team at Melingo and the text analytics group at Basis Technology. In his free time he enjoys books, movies, chess and goofing around with his kids.

    Hillel Taub-Tabib

  • Micah Shlain is a software engineer working on relation extraction. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and has more than a decade of experience in the software industry. Outside of work, he enjoys biking and reading books.

    Micah Shlain

  • Yael was born and raised in Jerusalem. After graduating from high school she served as a sports instructor in the Israel Defense Forces. Yael recently moved to Tel Aviv to be part of the dynamic hi-tech scene. She is the office manager, in charge of day-to-day operations for the Israeli branch of AI2. When not working, Yael enjoys working out and taking long runs on the beach.

    Yael Rachmut

Jobs

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

Research

Recent publications from the AI2 Israel team.

  • Global Reasoning over Database Structures for Text-to-SQL Parsing EMNLP • 2019 Ben Bogin, Matt Gardner, Jonathan Berant
    State-of-the-art semantic parsers rely on auto-regressive decoding, emitting one symbol at a time. When tested against complex databases that are unobserved at training time (zero-shot), the parser often struggles to select the correct set of database constants in the new database, due to the local…  (More)
  • Don't paraphrase, detect! Rapid and Effective Data Collection for Semantic Parsing EMNLP • 2019 Jonathan Herzig, Jonathan Berant
    A major hurdle on the road to conversational interfaces is the difficulty in collecting data that maps language utterances to logical forms. One prominent approach for data collection has been to automatically generate pseudo-language paired with logical forms, and paraphrase the pseudo-language to…  (More)
  • Language Modeling for Code-Switching: Evaluation, Integration of Monolingual Data, and Discriminative Training EMNLP • 2019 Hila Gonen, Yoav Goldberg
    We focus on the problem of language modeling for code-switched language, in the context of automatic speech recognition (ASR). Language modeling for code-switched language is challenging for (at least) three reasons: (1) lack of available large-scale code-switched data for training; (2) lack of a…  (More)
  • Transfer Learning Between Related Tasks Using Expected Label Proportions EMNLP • 2019 Matan Ben Noach, Yoav Goldberg
    Deep learning systems thrive on abundance of labeled training data but such data is not always available, calling for alternative methods of supervision. One such method is expectation regularization (XR) (Mann and McCallum, 2007), where models are trained based on expected label proportions. We…  (More)
  • Are We Modeling the Task or the Annotator? An Investigation of Annotator Bias in Natural Language Understanding Datasets arXiv • 2019 Mor Geva, Yoav Goldberg, Jonathan Berant
    Crowdsourcing has been the prevalent paradigm for creating natural language understanding datasets in recent years. A common crowdsourcing practice is to recruit a small number of high-quality workers, and have them massively generate examples. Having only a few workers generate the majority of…  (More)
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