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    • SIGMOD Record 2017
      Niket Tandon, Aparna S. Varde, Gerard de Melo
      There is growing conviction that the future of computing depends on our ability to exploit big data on theWeb to enhance intelligent systems. This includes encyclopedic knowledge for factual details, common sense for human-like reasoning and natural language generation for smarter communication…  (More)
    • Award Best Paper Award
      EMNLP 2017
      Jieyu Zhao, Tianlu Wang, Mark Yatskar, Vicente Ordóñez, Kai-Wei Chang
      Language is increasingly being used to define rich visual recognition problems with supporting image collections sourced from the web. Structured prediction models are used in these tasks to take advantage of correlations between co-occurring labels and visual input but risk inadvertently encoding…  (More)
    • ACL 2017
      Matthew E. Peters, Waleed Ammar, Chandra Bhagavatula, and Russell Power
      Pre-trained word embeddings learned from unlabeled text have become a standard component of neural network architectures for NLP tasks. However, in most cases, the recurrent network that operates on word-level representations to produce context sensitive representations is trained on relatively…  (More)
    • ACL 2017
      Tushar Khot, Ashish Sabharwal, and Peter Clark
      While there has been substantial progress in factoid question-answering (QA), answering complex questions remains challenging, typically requiring both a large body of knowledge and inference techniques. Open Information Extraction (Open IE) provides a way to generate semi-structured knowledge for…  (More)
    • ACL 2017
      Niket Tandon, Gerard de Melo, and Gerhard Weikum
      Despite important progress in the area of intelligent systems, most such systems still lack commonsense knowledge that appears crucial for enabling smarter, more human-like decisions. In this paper, we present a system based on a series of algorithms to distill fine-grained disambiguated…  (More)
    • ACL 2017
      Srinivasan Iyer, Ioannis Konstas, Alvin Cheung, Jayant Krishnamurthy, and Luke Zettlemoyer
      We present an approach to rapidly and easily build natural language interfaces to databases for new domains, whose performance improves over time based on user feedback, and requires minimal intervention. To achieve this, we adapt neural sequence models to map utterances directly to SQL with its…  (More)
    • WWW 2017
      Cuong Xuan Chu, Niket Tandon, and Gerhard Weikum
      Knowledge graphs have become a fundamental asset for search engines. A fair amount of user queries seek information on problem-solving tasks such as building a fence or repairing a bicycle. However, knowledge graphs completely lack this kind of how-to knowledge. This paper presents a method for…  (More)
    • TACL 2017
      Bhavana Dalvi, Niket Tandon, and Peter Clark
      Our goal is to construct a domain-targeted, high precision knowledge base (KB), containing general (subject,predicate,object) statements about the world, in support of a downstream question-answering (QA) application. Despite recent advances in information extraction (IE) techniques, no suitable…  (More)
    • Journal of Ethics 2017
      Amitai Etzioni and Oren Etzioni
      This article reviews the reasons scholars hold that driverless cars and many other AI equipped machines must be able to make ethical decisions, and the difficulties this approach faces. It then shows that cars have no moral agency, and that the term 'autonomous', commonly applied to these machines…  (More)
    • ICLR 2017
      Minjoon Seo, Aniruddha Kembhavi, Ali Farhadi, and Hannaneh Hajishirzi
      Machine comprehension (MC), answering a query about a given context paragraph, requires modeling complex interactions between the context and the query. Recently, attention mechanisms have been successfully extended to MC. Typically these methods use attention to focus on a small portion of the…  (More)
    • ICLR 2017
      Minjoon Seo, Sewon Min, Ali Farhadi, Hannaneh Hajishirzi
      In this paper, we study the problem of question answering when reasoning over multiple facts is required. We propose Query-Reduction Network (QRN), a variant of Recurrent Neural Network (RNN) that effectively handles both short-term (local) and long-term (global) sequential dependencies to reason…  (More)
    • WWW 2017
      Chenyan Xiong, Russell Power and Jamie Callan
      This paper introduces Explicit Semantic Ranking (ESR), a new ranking technique that leverages knowledge graph embedding. Analysis of the query log from our academic search engine, SemanticScholar.org, reveals that a major error source is its inability to understand the meaning of research concepts…  (More)
    • arXiv 2017 Slides
      Peter D. Turney
      While open-domain question answering (QA) systems have proven effective for answering simple questions, they struggle with more complex questions. Our goal is to answer more complex questions reliably, without incurring a significant cost in knowledge resource construction to support the QA. One…  (More)
    • ICRA 2017
      Yuke Zhu, Roozbeh Mottaghi, Eric Kolve, Joseph Lim, Abhinav Gupta, Fei-Fei Li, and Ali Farhadi
      Two less addressed issues of deep reinforcement learning are (1) lack of generalization capability to new goals, and (2) data inefficiency, i.e., the model requires several (and often costly) episodes of trial and error to converge, which makes it impractical to be applied to real-world scenarios…  (More)
    • CVPR 2017
      Gunnar A Sigurdsson, Santosh Divvala, Ali Farhadi, and Abhinav Gupta
      Actions are more than just movements and trajectories: we cook to eat and we hold a cup to drink from it. A thorough understanding of videos requires going beyond appearance modeling and necessitates reasoning about the sequence of activities, as well as the higher-level constructs such as…  (More)
    • CVPR 2017
      Aniruddha Kembhavi, Minjoon Seo, Dustin Schwenk, Jonghyun Choi, Hannaneh Hajishirzi, and Ali Farhadi
      We introduce the task of Multi-Modal Machine Comprehension (M3C), which aims at answering multimodal questions given a context of text, diagrams and images. We present the Textbook Question Answering (TQA) dataset that includes 1,076 lessons and 26,260 multi-modal questions, taken from middle…  (More)
    • CVPR 2017
      Mark Yatskar, Vicente Ordonez, Luke Zettlemoyer, and Ali Farhadi
      Semantic sparsity is a common challenge in structured visual classification problems; when the output space is complex, the vast majority of the possible predictions are rarely, if ever, seen in the training set. This paper studies semantic sparsity in situation recognition, the task of producing…  (More)
    • CVPR 2017
      Hessam Bagherinezhad, Mohammad Rastegari, and Ali Farhadi
      Porting state of the art deep learning algorithms to resource constrained compute platforms (e.g. VR, AR, wearables) is extremely challenging. We propose a fast, compact, and accurate model for convolutional neural networks that enables efficient learning and inference. We introduce LCNN, a lookup…  (More)
    • Award Best Paper Honorable Mention
      CVPR 2017
      Joseph Redmon and Ali Farhadi
      We introduce YOLO9000, a state-of-the-art, real-time object detection system that can detect over 9000 object categories. First we propose various improvements to the YOLO detection method, both novel and drawn from prior work. The improved model, YOLOv2, is state-of-the-art on standard detection…  (More)
    • SemEval 2017
      Waleed Ammar, Matthew E. Peters, Chandra Bhagavatula, and Russell Power
      This paper describes our submission for the ScienceIE shared task (SemEval-2017 Task 10) on entity and relation extraction from scientific papers. Our model is based on the end-to-end relation extraction model of Miwa and Bansal (2016) with several enhancements such as semi-supervised learning via…  (More)