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You enter a dark forest. Standing in front of you is:

A professor named Hal Daumé III (he/him). He wields appointments in Computer Science where he is a Volpi-Cupal Professor, as well as Language Science at UMD where he leads the TRAILS, the Institute for Trustworthy AI in Law & Society (in Fall 2023 he's teaching Trustworthy ML; past: AI (S23), Human-AI Interaction (F22), Just ML (F21)); he is also a Senior Principal Researcher the machine learning and fairness groups at Microsoft Research NYC. He and his wonderful advisees like to study questions related to how to get machines to becomes more adept at human language (and artificial intelligence tasks more broadly), by developing models and algorithms that allow them to learn from data. (Keywords: natural language processing and machine learning.) The two major questions that really drive their research these days are:

    (1) how can we get computers to learn
        through natural interaction with people/users?

and (2) how can we do this in a way that minimize harms
        in the learned models?

He's discussed interactive learning informally in a Talking Machines Podcast and more technically in recent talks; and has discussed fairness/bias in broad terms in a (now somewhat outdated) blog post. He is the author of the online textbook A Course in Machine Learning, which is fully open source.

Hal is super fortunate to be a member of, and have awesome colleagues in the Computional Linguistics and Information Processing Lab (which he formerly directed), the Human-Computer Interaction Lab, and the Center for Machine Learning. If you want to contact him, email is your best bet; you can also find him on @haldaume3 on Twitter. Or, in person, in his office (IRB 4150).

If you're a prospective grad student or grad applicant, please read his FAQ to answer some common questions. If you're thinking of inviting him for a talk or event, please ensure that the event is organized in an inclusive manner (inclusion rider). More generally, if you are organizing a conference, workshop or other event, you may wish to read the NeurIPS D&I survey results (joint with Katherine Heller), Humberto Corona's collection of resources/advice, or two blog posts on this topic.

I acknowledge that I live and work on the ancestral and unceded lands of the Piscataway People, who were among the first in the Western Hemisphere to encounter European colonists, as well as the lands of the Lenape and Nacotchtank people.

Recent Publications:

A Rose by Any Other Name would not Smell as Sweet: Social Bias in Name Mistranslations
Sandra Sandoval, Jieyu Zhao, Marine Carpuat and Hal Daumé III
Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), 2023
[Abstract] [BibTeX]

What Else Do I Need to Know? The Effect of Background Information on Users' Reliance on QA Systems
Navita Goyal, Eleftheria Briakou, Amanda Liu, Connor Baumler, Claire Bonial, Jeffrey Micher, Clare R. Voss, Marine Carpuat and Hal Daumé III
Preprint, 2023
[Abstract] [BibTeX]

TACO: Temporal Latent Action-Driven Contrastive Loss for Visual Reinforcement Learning
Ruijie Zheng, Xiyao Wang, Yanchao Sun, Shuang Ma, Jieyu Zhao, Huazhe Xu, Hal Daumé III and Furong Huang
NeurIPS, 2023
[Abstract] [BibTeX]

The Impact of Explanations on Fairness in Human-AI Decision-Making: Protected vs Proxy Features
Navita Goyal, Connor Baumler, Tin Nguyen and Hal Daumé III
Preprint, 2023
[Abstract] [BibTeX]

Large Language Models Help Humans Verify Truthfulness -- Except When They Are Convincingly Wrong
Chenglei Si, Navita Goyal, Sherry Tongshuang Wu, Chen Zhao, Shi Feng, Hal Daumé III and Jordan Boyd-Graber
Preprint, 2023
[Abstract] [BibTeX]

More papers please!

Recent Talks:

AI UK: Doing better in data science – from algorithmic fairness to diversity
Anjali Mazumder, Shakir Mohamed, Danielle Belgrave, Maria De-Arteaga, and Hal Daumé III
The Alan Turing Institute AI UK Roadmap, March 2021
[Video]

Coded Bias Panel Discussion at the University of Maryland
Margrét Bjarnadóttir, Nicol Turner Lee, Deborah Raji, Adam Wenchel, and Hal Daumé III (moderator)
March, 2021
[Video]

Responsible AI Systems and Experiences
Abolfazl Asudeh (moderator), Hal Daumé III, Golnoosh Farnadi, Bernease Herman, Bill Howe (moderator), Yuval Moskovitch, Katie Shilton, and Jenn Wortman Vaughan
Panel at VLDB 2021
[Video]

Tech Ethics in a Changing World
Catherine Bannister, Mary Lacity, Cindy Moehring, and Hal Daumé III
Northwest Arkansas Tech Summit, 2021
[Video]

Language (Technology) Is Power: Exploring the Inherent Complexity of NLP Systems
Hal Daumé III and Sam Charrington (host)
TWIML AI Podcast, 2020
[Video]

More talks please!

Contact information:
    email: me AT hal3 DOT name               skype: haldaume3
    phone: 301-405-1073                    twitter: haldaume3
   office: IRB 4150                         github: hal3
I can't reply to all prospective students email; please read this before emailing me.

credits: design and font inspired by Seth Able's LoRD, some images converted to ANSI using ManyTools, original drawing of me by anonymous.
last updated on four december, two thousand twenty three.