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AI2 NEWSLETTER | JULY 2020
In this edition: Best Paper Honourable Mention at ACL 2020, taming the tidal wave of COVID-19 research with AI-powered tools, the release of AllenNLP v1.0, and more.

Best Paper Honourable Mention at ACL 2020


AI2 researchers Suchin Gururangan, Ana Marasović, Swabha Swayamdipta, Kyle Lo, Iz Beltagy, Doug Downey, and Noah A. Smith received an Honourable Mention in the Overall Best Paper category for their paper Don’t Stop Pretraining: Adapt Language Models to Domains and Tasks at this year's ACL Conference. Check out the paper to learn how multi-phase adaptive pretraining offers large gains in language model performance.
Illustration of scientists on a boat looking at a tidal wave of research papers. Art by Sara Gironi Carnevale via Science Magazine.
SARA GIRONI CARNEVALE via

AI-backed tools fighting COVID-19


The COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, and the tidal wave of related research is growing by the day. AI2 is using our comprehensive CORD-19 resource to power a collection of AI-based tools for researchers to easily explore and mine insights from the latest science about the virus.
  • SciSight – Visually explore connections between concepts in CORD-19 and discover what groups are working on what research directions.
  • SciFact – Find out whether published scientific research supports or contradicts claims about COVID-19.
  • SPIKE-CORD – A powerful new sentence-level, context-aware, and linguistically informed extractive search system over CORD-19.
Learn more about these and various other tools the wider research community is building to help in this coverage from ScienceScientists are drowning in COVID-19 papers. Can new tools keep them afloat?

AllenNLP v1.0 is here


AllenNLP is our free, open-source natural language processing platform that allows researchers to easily build state-of-the-art models by providing abstractions and APIs that relate to concepts familiar to researchers, as well as a suite of reference implementations. AllenNLP 1.0 unveils new models, better performance, and fresh resources for the community. Learn more: Announcing AllenNLP 1.0
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