Dr. Oren Etzioni is Chief Executive Officer at AI2. He has been a Professor at the University of Washington's Computer Science department since 1991. His awards include Seattle's Geek of the Year (2013), and he has founded or co-founded several companies, including Farecast and Decide. He has written over 100 technical papers, as well as commentary on AI for The New York Times and Nature. He helped to pioneer meta-search, online comparison shopping, machine reading, and Open Information Extraction. Learn more Learn more
James Allard is the COO at AI2. James specializes in Operations and Finance and has had founder or leadership roles in organizations ranging from a large multi-national software company to start-ups in various industries. James continues to focus on operational excellence and financial efficiency at AI2, and works to build a culture that will allow AI2 to achieve all of its goals relating to AI for the common good. James has an MBA and a JD and was a corporate and international trade attorney in his early career.
Lane Aasen grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Computer Science in 2017. He interned at Socrata during school. Outside of work he spends as much time as possible skiing, climbing, and hiking in his home range of the Cascades.
Waleed Ammar develops models for converting natural language text into structured representations. Before starting his Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University, Waleed was an SDE2 at Microsoft Research, web developer at eSpace Technologies, and teaching assistant at Alexandria University. He was awarded the Google PhD fellowship award and two Microsoft Research Tech Transfer awards. In his ample free time, Waleed plays with his daughter Salma, juggles, swims and plays tennis. Learn more Learn more
Chloe Anastasiades received a B.A. in Philosophy from Brown University, and a M.S. in Computer Science from Northeastern University. Outside of work, she likes knitting, game nights, climbing and reading fiction.
Originally from southern California, Jessica moved to Seattle to study psychology at Seattle Pacific University. She quickly fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and decided to never leave – with the exception of a short stint in Maui, and few adventures around the world to satisfy her ever-present wanderlust. In her free time she enjoys live music, theater, hiking, and eating her way through Seattle.
Colin Arenz is an engineer with interests in systems and language design. His background includes work on enterprise applications, consumer devices and compilers. When he's not building software, he enjoys hiking mountain trails.
James Baird studied Computer Science and English Literature at Western Washington University. He has eleven years of experience as a software engineer, and has built frontend systems, backend systems, and mobile apps for a variety of companies in the Seattle area. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, biking, reading, cooking, and spending time with his daughter.
Iz Beltagy completed his Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin in Aug 2016. His research interests are in computational semantics and natural language processing. When he's not working, he enjoys playing with his kids, and listen to audiobooks especially in history and biology.
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
Chandra Sekhar Bhagavatula completed his PhD from Northwestern University in 2016, under the supervision of Prof. Doug Downey. His research interests are in the areas of Information Extraction, Natural Language Processing and he is currently exploring the application of Machine Learning algorithms to build Semantic Scholar, AI2's academic search engine. Besides research, he likes to travel, enjoys water sports and would like to learn to play the flute someday. Learn more Learn more
Sumithra Bhakthavatsalam is a Senior Software Engineer at AI2. She has more than 10 years of experience in the software industry. Her interest and focus over the last few years of her career have been in the NLP field, specifically using speech recognition in multimodal systems and language understanding for various types of applications and domains. At AI2 she is motivated by the hard problems of information extraction and knowledge representation.
My research focuses on the areas of Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics. My primary interest is in training computers to understand human language via naturalistic sources of supervision. One way I approach this is by uncovering linguistic structure from raw text. More recently I have also been pursuing learning via grounded interaction.
Jon is software engineer on the Aristo Team. He is passionate about user experience, data visualization, and UI best practices. Outside of work he spends his time with his wife Tabitha and new baby Kai. His hobbies include, boardgames, pc games, scuba, woodworking, and biking.
Kaj Bostrom earned his B.S. in Computer Science and B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Washington in March 2018. His research interests are semi-supervised learning and reading comprehension. Outside of research he enjoys hiking, biking, listening to funk and house music, and reading science fiction and mystery novels.
Field Cady was in computer science PhD program at Carnegie Mellon, where his research focused on stochastic analysis and distributed systems. He left academia to pursue data science in industry, and has since worked at a number of startups in the Big Data space. He is the author of The Data Science Handbook, published by Wiley. Outside of work he is passionate about the outdoors, and also loves learning about ancient history.
Yogi is a software engineer on the Semantic Scholar team at AI2. After receiving a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering, he moved to the US to pursue a master's degree in Computer Science. His academic interests include systems and programming languages. In his free time, Yogi loves to travel, learning about new languages, cultures, and food along the way.
Yejin Choi is a Senior Research Manager at AI2, and also an associate professor of Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. Her research interests include language grounding with vision, physical and social commonsense, language generation and conversational AI, and AI for social good. She was among the IEEE’s AI Top 10 to Watch in 2015 and a co-recipient of the Marr Prize at ICCV 2013. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science at Cornell University.
Peter Clark is the Senior Research Manager for AI2. His work focuses upon natural language processing, machine reasoning, and large knowledge bases, and the interplay between these three areas. He has received several awards including a AAAI Best Paper (1997), Boeing Associate Technical Fellowship (2004), and AAAI Senior Member (2014). He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1991, and has researched these topics for 30 years with more than 80 refereed publications. Learn more Learn more
Arman Cohan is a research scientist at AI2. He received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University in May 2018. His broad research interests are in NLP, IR and their applications to domain-specific problems including scientific and health-related text. Beyond research, he enjoys soccer, classical music, and photography.
Jacob Colker is an early-stage startup leader with 10+ years of experience as CEO, GM, CMO, and 2x founder. He teaches entrepreneurship at the University of Washington Foster Business School and is an active angel investor, mentor, and advisor in the Pacific Northwest. Jacob was formerly a political campaign operative with the Democratic Party.
Miles Crawford studied Information Science at the UW. Since then he's been developing web services and applications for both the University of Washington and Amazon.com. Miles is a lover of the outdoors - mostly through rock climbing, mountaineering, and hiking.
Julia Dallas is Director of Human Resources for AI2. She has worked in Human Resources for nearly 20 years and brings a wealth of experience working with start-ups and high growth organizations. She specializes in elevating HR functions with a strategic focus on attracting and developing world class talent. Julia was born and raised in Washington state and attended Washington State University, where she earned a BA in Social Science and Business Administration. She also holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification from the Society of Human Resources Management. Currently she is pursuing a Masters of Professional Studies in Organization Development and Change at Penn State.
Robert graduated from Whitman College with a B.A. in Economics. After working in both management consulting and web development, he returned to his quantitative roots and pivoted to data science. He then spent two years in the Seattle startup scene prior to joining AI2. When outdoors, Robert enjoys running, hiking and skiing. When indoors, he enjoys reading about AI, coding in Python, and praying for snow.
Bhavana Dalvi is a Research Scientist at AI2. Her research interests are in the area of Information Extraction, Machine Learning, and Knowledge Base population. She received her PhD from the Carnegie Mellon University in 2015 and M.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2007. Prior to her PhD, she worked at Google Bangalore for two years. Besides research, she loves hiking, meditation, and music. Learn more Learn more
Santosh Divvala is a Research Scientist at AI2. His main interest is in computer vision, specifically the image understanding problem. His approach to this problem takes a machine learning perspective so as to leverage today's Internet-scale image databases. Prior to joining AI2, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Washington. He has a Ph.D. in Robotics from the Robotics Institute at the Carnegie Mellon University. Learn more Learn more
Doug is a Senior Research Scientist at AI2. He is currently on leave from Northwestern University, where he is an Associate Professor of Computer Science. His research focuses on information extraction, natural language processing, and machine learning. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family, exploring the outdoors, and watching movie
Jennifer is Senior Legal Counsel at AI2 and brings nearly twenty years of solving complex legal issues for high growth, disruptive companies. Jennifer has worked at large, international law firms, global companies, and scrappy start ups and has gained a reputation for speedy, pragmatic results. She is excited to use her legal skills to help contribute to AI2's mission. In her spare time, Jen reads worldbuilding fantasy novels, supports (mostly losing) teams in the MLS, EPL and Bundesliga, and participates in fierce dinner table interpretative dance and haiku competitions.
Jason Dunkelberger loves to code. He grew up in Houston, got his CS degree at the University of Texas at Austin, and then spent eight years hand-crafting artisan code for companies in Austin. When he's not coding, there's a good chance he's exploring the PNW or Tamriel.
Emad is a CTO-in-Residence at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence Incubator. He received his Master’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Alexandria University in Egypt. He has more than a decade of industry experience in building software and leading engineering teams. Emad’s area of interests are machine learning, artificial intelligence and distributed systems. Besides engineering, Emad enjoys being outdoors with his family and friends, playing bass guitar, traveling and reading.
Ali Farhadi is the Senior Research Manager for Vision at AI2, leading PRIOR. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. Prior to this, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University working with Martial Hebert and Alyosha Efros. He received his PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the supervision of David Forsyth. His research has been mainly focused on computer vision and machine learning. Learn more
Matt Gardner received his Ph.D. from the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in November 2015. His research interests include machine reading and reasoning, extracting information from text and using it to answer questions. At home, he likes to play harp and flute duets with his wife, read and play with his kids, and play soccer with friends.Learn more Learn more
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
Dirk Groeneveld is a Senior Software Engineer at AI2. Before AI2 he worked on a natural language project at Amazon, as well as search relevance at Microsoft’s Bing and SharePoint Search. He also has been involved in the Seattle startup scene, having been CTO and then CEO of a company in an unrelated field. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine.
Joel Grus has worked as a software engineer at Google and as a data scientist at a variety of startups. He is also the author of Data Science from Scratch: First Principles with Python. He is interested in all things related to machine learning and functional programming. He has a math degree from the University of Washington and an economics degree from Caltech. When he's not working, he spends quality time with his family and makes sporadic attempts to write more books. Learn more Learn more
Michal Guerquin has built and operated large scale systems at Amazon for IMDb, and at the University of Washington in the field of computational biology. Michal holds a degree in Applied and Computational Mathematical Sciences from University of Washington. Outside of work he enjoys photography and learning from his daughter.
I was a software engineer and data scientist in Seattle and Boston before completing my masters in NLP at UW. As part of Noah’s ARK, my research was focused on semi-supervised, multilingual text classification. I’m excited about working on open source tools for NLP. In my free time, I enjoy most anything fitness- and outdoors-related, music, films, and chilling with my dog and cat.
Vu Ha is a technologist with 20+ years of experience building products at some of the largest companies in the world. Most notably, Vu led applied research and engineering teams at Microsoft's AdCenter Labs and Bing. He co-founded SemanticScholar.org and led its development through its first public launch. Vu holds a Ph.D. in AI from the University of Wisconsin.
Hanna is an Assistant Professor at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. Her research interests are in NLP, AI, and machine learning, particularly designing algorithms for semantic understanding, reasoning, question answering, and information extraction from multimodal data.
Tegan Hamilton completed her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Monash University in 2010. Majoring in glassblowing, her thesis explored the relationship between medicine and art. When time allows she blows glass and plays Australian Rules Football for the Seattle Grizzlies.
Having received a Bachelor of Arts in Game Design from the DigiPen Institute of Technology, Winson Han hopes to bring modern Game Design principles to the Computer Vision team. His focus on User Experience, Game Feel, and Game Mechanics Design bridges the gap between immersion in a digital space and the potential of real world applications. Along with Game Design, his interests include piano, digital art, and playing games—MMOs being his favorite.
Chelsea Haupt is the Product Manager for Semantic Scholar. After completing her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Washington, she worked as the Director of Digital Content for Higher Ed Physics, Engineering and Computer Science at McGraw-Hill Education. Outside of work, she enjoys being involved with the theatre and dance community in Seattle as well as spending time with family and friends.
Lee Heffelfinger is a help desk technician providing technical support and troubleshooting services to AI2 employees. He graduated with a Bachelor's in Information Systems from Stratford University and previously provided tech support for Google. A recent transplant to the Seattle area, he enjoys exploring the city, hiking, and cooking.
Alvaro Herrasti received a B.S. in computer science from the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico City. After graduation, he worked on Microsoft's Xbox Live. He is interested in machine learning, natural language processing, graphics, game design and integrating AI into video games. He also likes music, from listening and collecting records to DJ'ing, and is interested in philosophy.
Dawn joins AI2 with a B.S. in International Management and a background working in international development and education. She’s passionate about fair and equal access to education around the world and has lived, worked and traveled throughout more than 25 countries. She loves connecting with people and nature. In her spare time, she likes camping, reading and spending time with friends and family.
Regan Huff is a graduate of Ada Developers Academy and was formerly an acquisitions editor at the University of Washington Press. In addition to analytical problem solving and learning new things, she loves reading, cooking, and being outside.
Vidur Joshi graduated from Brown University with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Math/Computer Science in 2016. Before that he spent two great years at a United World College. His interests include reinforcement learning, hiking and cycling.
Ani Kembhavi is a Research Scientist at AI2. His interests are in computer vision and machine learning. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2010, under the supervision of Prof. Larry Davis. Prior to joining AI2 he worked at Microsoft's Bing, building large scale machine learning systems in the Image and Video Relevance team. Learn more Learn more
Tushar Khot is a Research Scientist at AI2, specializing in probabilistic graphical models for structured data. His research focuses on modeling structured data using first-order logic and probabilistic models. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 and his B.Tech from NIT Trichy in 2006. Prior to his PhD, he worked at Google Bangalore for two years. Learn more Learn more
Daniel King received his B.S. in Compute Science from Harvey Mudd College in May 2018. His research interests are in machine learning and natural language processing. Outside of research, he loves soccer, playing bughouse chess, and hiking.
Rodney Kinney, Principal Machine Learning Engineer at AI2, specializes in the intersection between science and engineering. He has lead the development of statistical models and the production systems that implement them at startups, Amazon Personalization, and Microsoft's Bing, working on problems that include A/B testing, search ranking for products and images, price prediction, and medical diagnosis. In the 20th century, he was a research scientist working on theories and computer modeling of astrophysical plasmas. He holds degrees in Physics from CalTech and UT Austin.
Sebastian Kohlmeier is the Technical Program Manager for Semantic Scholar and enjoys building high-impact software that solves real-world problems. In the past he has worked in a number of roles including Program/Engineering Management working on big data processing and A/B experimentation at Amazon and Microsoft. In his free time Sebastian likes to play board games, is an avid world traveler and enjoys the great Seattle outdoors.
Eric Kolve is a Senior Software Engineer with interests in machine learning and distributed systems. He has over 15 years of engineering experience working with startups in advertising as well as a quantitative hedge fund developing scalable distributed systems.
Alessya Labzhinova studied Applied Math and Russian Literature at the University of Washington as an undergrad. For the past nine years she worked as a Software Engineer and Program Manager at Amazon building forecasting platforms, data science tools and solving latency problems on a massive scale. Her interests lie in data science platforms, reproducible research, forecasting methods, and education technology entrepreneurship.
Michael Langan is a Front End Engineer at AI2. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio with a B.S. in Computer Science in 2011. He has since worked at local companies Microsoft and Apptio, with an interest in developing useful, intuitive, and multilingual software. In his free time you can find him building and driving track cars, playing computer games, or wandering around doing photography.
Vivek most recently built mission-critical infrastructure software and distributed systems for Palantir. Prior to that, Vivek worked at AWS where he was a founding engineer on Amazon Workspaces and a virtualization startup acquired by Google. He holds a master's degree from the University of Toronto. His spare time is spent playing with his son with a smattering of running and biking thrown-in. He lives in Seattle with his son and wonderful wife.
Matt is a Product Designer on the Semantic Scholar team. Previously, he worked as an Interactive Art Director in Milwaukee. Matt received his degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin. When he's isn't designing, he enjoys baking bread, cycling, and experiencing the gorgeous Pacific Northwest.
Ronan Le Bras is a Research Scientist at AI2. His research interests include computational methods for large-scale combinatorial optimization, reasoning, machine learning and human computation. He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University in 2016. Prior to his Ph.D., he received his M.S. and B.S. from Ecole Polytechnique Montreal in Computer Engineering and in Software Engineering. Learn more Learn more
Kevin Lin received his B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University in May 2018. His research interests are in machine learning and natural language processing. Outside of research, he enjoys hiking, cooking, and traveling with family.
Kyle Lo is an Applied Research Scientist on the Semantic Scholar team. After receiving his M.S. in Statistics from the University of Washington, he worked in Seattle as a data scientist focused on time series forecasting, statistical machine learning, and experimental design problems. Outside of work, he enjoys books, movies, board games, and occasionally tennis.
Nick graduated Brown University in 2014 with an Honors B.Sc. in Pure Mathematics and a B.A. in English Literature. During undergrad, he became involved with the start up scene, eventually taking his first year out of college to try to launch a company helping nonprofits manage donor relationships. Before coming to AI2, Nick did Data Science for Akamai's Platform Operations team, using statistics and machine learning to help keep hundreds of thousands of machines up and running. Currently, he's excited to turn his passion for engineering and mathematics to drive forward AI2's mission of artificial intelligence for the common good.
Tran Luu is the Director of Operations and delivers miracles, when all hope is lost. She lives for ambitious deadlines and her organizational skills are unmatched. She firmly believes in the Oxford comma, and has a passion for finding efficient ways to get things done. She is an avid adventure traveler and water sports enthusiast. Since there are hardly enough hours in the day, that usually means she's stand up paddling or training at midnight. Tran offers 15 years of experience in the areas of Administration, Facilities and Operations. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in Government and Education. Go-To Karaoke Song: Living on a Prayer Favorite Cheese: Fromage de Meaux Beverage of Choice: Albarino Super Power: Secret squirrel speed
Vladimir is a CTO-in-residence at the AI2 incubator. He has a bachelor's degree in computer science from UBC, a thesis-based master's degree from York University, and a couple of years towards a PhD (before being lured away by the industry). His graduate school training and research in speech recognition lead to holding positions at top speech technology labs like the STAR Lab at SRI International and ASR Research in the Amazon Alexa organization. More recently, he has been consulting for startups that work on unique speech and language processing problems. Outside of work Vlad enjoys long-distance bicycle touring, rock climbing, and spending time with his new baby.
Chaitanya Malaviya completed a masters in language technologies from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in August 2018. Before that, he finished a bachelors in computer engineering in Singapore. His research interests are in the areas of probabilistic graphical models, multilingual NLP and deep learning applied to NLP. When he's not working, he enjoys hiking, running, listening to music and learning new languages.
Kayla grew up in Northern California and got her Bachelors in Recreation and Tourism Management at San Diego State University. After living abroad in Australia for a year, she moved up to Seattle to experience the Pacific Northwest.
Marc leads the Aristo Engineering team at AI2. Before joining AI2 spent two years in the Mathematical Sciences group at IBM Watson Research, as both a post-doc and Research Staff Member. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU, where he worked jointly with Lawrence Berkeley National lab, specializing in methods for solving large-scale practical optimization problems. After some time in research, he decided to jump into the crazy world of startups as an early engineer at Socrata and eventually formed and led the Analytics and Machine Learning (AniML) team.
Roozbeh Mottaghi is a Research Scientist at AI2. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA in 2013 and was a postdoctoral researcher in the Computer Science department at Stanford University. His work is mainly focused on computer vision and machine learning. More specifically, he is interested in hierarchical models of vision, scene understanding, and knowledge acquisition from visual data. Learn more Learn more
Tyler Murray is an Engineering Manager on the Semantic Scholar project. Some of his past lives have been spent building SaaS marketing analytics tools utilizing semantic analysis, an attempt at building a recycling technology company, and even a brief stint as a designer. He’s a Washington native who spends his summers in the woods and winters in the mountains.
Mark Neumann graduated from University College London with a 1st class MSC in Machine Learning. His research interests revolve around deep representation learning, semantic role labelling and machine reading. Outside of work, when not wrestling with the eccentricities of living in the USA (no marmite!!), he enjoys playing Go, running, climbing, swimming outside and making visualizations with political data.
Laura Newell is a Bellingham native and WWU alumni with ten years of experience processing a complex payroll for IT professionals. She has an eye for detail and loves problem solving, mathematics and, yes, even spreadsheets. When she is not number crunching, Laura loves to travel, attend local film festivals, anthropomorphize her cats and bake recipes from around the world.
Chris comes to AI2 after four years with Seattle’s HBO office, and has also worked at Amazon and startup Wetpaint.com since moving to Seattle from Pennsylvania in 2004. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. Outside of work, he enjoys photography and watching movies, and is an enthusiastic SIFF supporter.
Hsu Han Ooi is a Senior Software Engineer at AI2. He co-founded Decide.com with Oren Etzioni and three others in 2009. Decide was acquired by eBay in 2013. He has worked at various startups and a VC around Seattle including Madrona, Evo and Zillow. He graduated in 2007 with a BS in Computer Science from the University of Washington. When he's not creating more internet, he enjoys soccer and being locked in escape rooms around the world.
Matt Peters is a Research Scientist exploring applications of deep neural networks to Semantic Scholar. Prior to joining AI2, he was the Director of Data Science at a Seattle start up, a research analyst in the finance industry and a post-doc investigating cloud-climate feedback. He has a PhD in Applied Math from the University of Washington. When he isn't doing research, he enjoys exploring the nearby Cascades on skis, foot, and bicycle.
Michael Petrochuk is a CTO-in-residence at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence Incubator. He graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's from the Computer Science department (2017). During his time there, he founded a Nonprofit organization, Husky Nation, that received the world record title of Largest Exercise Ball Class with 450 people (2016). He received several awards including TigerLaunch Semi-Finalist (2017), Dubhacks 1st Place (2015) and Sears Independent Track Grand Prize (2015). Finally, he worked at Lattice (acquired by Apple for $200M) as a Machine Learning Research Intern (Summer 2017), Google as a SWE Intern (Winter 2017), Uber as a SWE Intern (Summer 2016), Stylyze as a PT Full Stack Developer (Winter 2016), and vCita as a PT Full Stack Developer (2014 - 2016).
Darrell has 17 years in Operations experience and looks forward to tackling new challenges at AI2. He grew up in Montana, but has been living in Seattle since 2003. In his time off he likes to pretend to be an amateur chef, build neat things (cars, motorcycles, various maker type projects), practice various martial arts, and travel with his wife.
After studying biology as an undergraduate, Joanna worked for a couple of years before returning to academia to study computer science at UW. Master's degree in hand, she signed on at Amazon, worked there until it got too big, spent some years at some smaller companies, and now is part of the engineering team at AI2. Working with smart people to build robust, scalable systems makes Joanna happy at work. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, biking, reading, and appreciating other people's art.
Vivek Ramanujan received his Sc. B in Mathematics and Computer Science from Brown University in May 2018. His research interests at AI2 are at the intersection of computer vision, RL, and machine learning. As is a prerequisite for a PNW native he enjoys hiking and climbing, along with tennis, cooking, and reading (usually simultaneously).
Smita Rao is a Senior Software Engineer at AI2. Over the last few years her focus has mainly been designing and implementing large-scale distributed systems, web servers and big data processing . When not working, she loves to travel, paint and work on DIY projects with her daughter.
Mohammad Rastegari is a Research Scientist at AI2. His main area of research relies on the intersection of Computer Vision and Machine Learning. Previously, he was a Facebook Fellow, a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, and a PhD candidate at University of Maryland. Mohammad received his Bachelor's Degree from Shomal University of Amol, and his Master's Degree from University of Science and Research in Tehran where he was also a member of the computer vision lab at the Institute for Research in Fundamental Science. Learn more Learn more
Doug is the General Manager for Semantic Scholar. He previously served in product management and general management roles at Amazon and Google, and was a founder of two venture-backed startups. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Outside of work he enjoys hiking, boxing, and meditation.
Kyle Richardson is a research scientist on the Aristo Team. Prior to AI2, he worked at the Institute for Natural Language Processing (IMS) at the University of Stuttgart in Germany, where he received his PhD in October 2018. His research interests are in the area of natural language understanding, specifically question-answering, semantic parsing and grounded language learning. Outside of work he enjoys sports (rock climbing, running, biking), listening to classical music, reading and traveling.
Brendan Roof is a Senior Software Engineer at AI2. Previously he was at Google working on their social graph backend and information extraction from Wikipedia. He holds bachelor's degrees in mathematics and computer science from the University of Washington. To get in touch, check the nearest climbing crag or look for him traipsing about South America.
As a Senior Research Scientist at AI2, Ashish is specializing in scalable and robust methods for probabilistic inference, graphical models, combinatorial reasoning, and discrete optimization. He is interested in pushing the boundaries of inference technology to help solve core challenges in machine intelligence, particularly NLP and vision. Prior to joining AI2, Ashish spent over three years at IBM Watson and five years at Cornell University, after obtaining his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2005. Learn more Learn more
Keisuke Sakaguchi is a Research Scientist at AI2, broadly interested in Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and Psycholinguistics. His research focuses on robust NLP for noisy texts and commonsense reasoning. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University in 2018. He has received an Outstanding Paper Award at ACL 2017. Outside of work, he enjoys classical music, swimming, and foods from around the world.
Jordi Salvador received his Ph.D. from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Barcelona) in September 2011 and two M.Sc.'s, in Research on Information Technologies and in Telecommunication Engineering, from the same university in 2008 and 2006. Before joining AI2, he worked for Technicolor R&I and Amazon as a research scientist. His research interests range from multi-view reconstruction and machine learning-based image processing to applications of deep learning with focus on computer vision.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Paul attended the University of Washington, Tacoma while working at a local Web Development agency. His passion for building novel experiences lead him to inventing prototypes while Amazon and launching Smart TV apps while at Facebook. In his spare time, Paul loves running, traveling, and tinkering with home automation projects.
Michael Schmitz is Director of Engineering at AI2. He is a home grown software engineer with interests in natural language processing and functional programming. He worked on open information extraction at the University of Washington as well as a successful startup in the Seattle area. Michael has a degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of Washington.
Carissa Schoenick is Sr. Program Manager for project Aristo and Communications Director for AI2. Previously she was a Sr. Technical Program Manager for AWS Support, and prior to that she was a Content Manager for WolframAlpha, improving the system’s parsing behavior and expanding its curated datasets. She has an MS in Biological Sciences from Eastern Illinois University. In addition to helping to build the AI of the future, she is interested in natural history, photography, and animal behavior.
Alex Schokking grew up in the suburbs of Toronto but as soon as he got a taste of the mountains of the west coast he was hooked and moved out here after completing his CS degree at the University of Waterloo. He spent a while at Microsoft working on consumer photos experiences and then BrandVerity where they looked for bad actors in digital marketing on the web. On the side you'll find Alex playing meaty board games, video games and cooking foods of all kinds (including a recent sourdough kick). Since 2011 he has been mentoring a local high school robotics team (FRC #488 Xbot).
Roy Schwartz is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington, working with Prof Noah A. Smith and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Roy completed his Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in July 2016, where he worked in the Natural Language Processing lab with Prof. Ari Rappoport. He received his M.Sc. in Computer Science from the Hebrew University in 2011. His research interests are semantic representation and syntactic parsing. When not in the lab, Roy enjoys traveling and playing basketball.
Dustin Schwenk is a Research Engineer at AI2. Previously he lived in the world of multiphysics simulation and high-performance computing, wherein he worked on computer models of colliding galaxies and solid rocket boosters. His current interests run in the direction machine learning and its applications. He has a degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Sam Skjonsberg is a Principal Software Engineer at AI2. Sam has over 12 years of software engineering experience at companies both big and small. His focus at AI2 is on the development of tools and interfaces designed to help the research process. In his free time Sam enjoys reading, riding bikes, playing soccer and just about anything that involves getting outdoors.
Noah Smith is broadly interested in algorithms for and applications of natural language processing. He is a professor at the University of Washington's Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. Before moving to Seattle, he was on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, and he studied at Johns Hopkins University (Ph.D.) and the University of Maryland (B.S. in CS and B.A. in Linguistics). Outside work, he makes music, swims laps, mixes cocktails, and serves cats.
Gabi Stanovsky completed his PhD in Computer Science in Israel at Bar-Ilan University's NLP lab. He is interested in semantic representations and their application in all aspects of information extraction: from formulation to crowdsourcing, modeling and prediction. Outside of work, he is a wannabe movie buff, runner, climber, and book lover.
Brandon Stilson is a Front End Engineer at AI2. He graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR with a B.A. in Philosophy. When not staying up to date on web technologies, he’s playing video games, listening to or playing music, or adventuring outdoors.
Caçula is the Facilities Coordinator and joins Ai2 with a Masters in Social Work and background in government and non-profit social services. Her interests include cooking, outrigger paddling and adventuring outdoors.
Oyvind Tafjord is a Research Scientist at AI2. Prior to AI2 he was the Chief Architect of Wolfram|Alpha, playing an integral role in building up that system, from parsing algorithms and knowledge representation to overall systems architecture. He received a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Princeton in 1999 and a master degree from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in 1994. Learn more Learn more
Niket Tandon completed his PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Germany in August 2016. His research interests are in the area of Commonsense Knowledge acquisition and its applications. Besides research, he loves traveling, meditation, and, swimming. He founded an online project mentorship organization, PQRS Research, and has supervised several undergraduate theses under this ambit. Learn more Learn more
Eli VanderBilt graduated from the University of Idaho in 2012, with a Bacheolor of Science in 3D Art and Animation. Since then, he has worked as an artist in the fields of gaming, virtual reality, and architecture, with an emphasis on visual storytelling through player interaction. His hobbies include traveling, film study, fantasy/sci-fi literature, and arts & crafts.
Madeleine graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Applied Computational Mathematics and Statistics in 2017. Her interests include genetics of infectious disease transmission and DNA microfluidic applications. She enjoys backpacking, volleyball, and boxing in her spare time.
Luca is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Statistics at the University of Washington graduating in Spring 2018. Luca's research interests are at the intersection of causal modeling, visual reasoning, and safety. Before joining the University of Washington, Luca completed his undergraduate degree in Mathematics, where he was awarded the departmental distinction, at UC Berkeley. Beyond research, he enjoys bouldering, eating, and trying new things.
Daniel S. Weld manages the AI2 Semantic Scholar research team and is also Thomas J. Cable / WRF Professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. Weld is a Fellow of both the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). He received a Presidential Young Investigator's award, an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator's award, and many best-paper prizes. Dan co-founded several companies, including Netbot Incorporated (acquired by Excite), AdRelevance (acquired by Nielsen NetRatings), and Nimble Technology (acquired by Actuate). He received his Bachelor’s’ degrees (Computer Science & Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry) from Yale University and his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
After completing a bachelor's degree in Biology from Colgate University and working in research science at the National Institutes of Health, Chris landed in Seattle and began a career in software engineering. Having worked at variety of companies around town, he's excited to be giving back to the scientific community as a developer on the Semantic Scholar team. Chris geeks out on all things software, but also finds time to train in Aikido, hike the gorgeous PNW, and pursue his photography.
Mitchell Wortsman received his Sc.B. in Applied Mathematics-Computer Science from Brown University in May 2018. His research interests are in machine learning and computer vision. Outside of research, he loves all things music, hiking, travel, and reading.
Ron is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and author of *The Imperfect Guide To Entrepreneurship*. He has an MBA from IMD, Switzerland and 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
Mark Yatskar received his Ph.D from University of Washington. His interest are in the intersection of language and vision, language generation, and language grounding. With AI2 he has been developing a new formalism for events in images called situation recognition.
Scott Wen-tau Yih is a Principal Research Scientist at AI2. His research interests include natural language processing, machine learning and information retrieval. Yih received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining AI2, Yih has spent 12 years at Microsoft Research, working on a variety of projects including email spam filtering, keyword extraction and search & ad relevance. His recent work focuses on knowledge base embedding, semantic parsing and question answering. Yih received the best paper award from CoNLL-2011, an outstanding paper award from ACL-2015 and has served as program co-chairs and area co-chairs for top conferences and as action/associated editors for TACL and JAIR.