CV (14th Apr 2021)
I'm a PhD student in AI/NLP at MILA & McGill in Montreal with Siva Reddy, focusing on language grounding.
My research interests in the space of language grounding roughly are: persistent agents & temporal commonsense, approaches inspired from cognitive science/child-learning (language emergence and acquisition, theory of mind, curriculum learning...), applying grounded models to text-only NLP tasks, dialogue. Here is a mindmap version of my research interests. Note: I have not directly worked on the majority of these topics yet!
I also have a personal life on this site such as philosophy or personal reflections.
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I did my BSc in Computational Linguistics with a Minor in Computer Science from LMU Munich where I worked on Symbolic Reasoning in Transformers and Coreference Resolution in Machine Translation.
At the end of my BSC I thought "language grounding sounds amazing" which led to "let's do a PhD in it". Feel free to check out my recent blog post about my motivation for language grounding, and this amazing paper which was my original inspiration: Experience Grounds Language. Also, here is a story of how I ended up going for a PhD.
During, and in the year after my BSc, I worked at different startups/small companies (Helsing, Micropsi Industries, Lilt, Intrafind) and as a research intern at MILA.
I play Ultimate Frisbee. My personal highlight: representing Germany at the U24 World Championships in 2019 → video.
I like philosophy and found a way to share my passion for it through PhilosophiaMunich, a philosophy society I co-founded in 2019.
1 year of my Bachelor was spent at Trinity College Dublin as an Erasmus Exchange student. Lots of new friendships!
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