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

A professor named Hal Daumé III. He wields appointments in Computer Science and Language Science at UMD (in Fall 2019 he is teaching Computational Linguistics I); he also spends time in the machine learning and fairness groups at Microsoft Research NYC. He and his wonderful advisees study questions related to how to get machines to becomes more adept at human language, 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 language
        through natural interaction with people/users?

and (2) how can we do this in a way that promotes fairness,
        transparency and explainability in the learned models?

He's discussed interactive learning informally recently in a Talking Machines Podcost and more technically in recent talks; and has discussed fairness/bias in broad terms in a recent blog post. Hal is committed to promoting an inclusive scientific environment; if you are thinking of inviting him for a talk or to participate in an event, please ensure that the event is consistent with this goal (see the first question on the FAQ).

Hal is super fortunate to have awesome colleagues in the Computional Linguistics and Information Processing Lab (which he currently directs). He maintains the structured prediction framework in VW. If you want to contact him, email is your best bet; you can also find him on @haldaume3 on Twitter. Or, in person, in the CLIP lab (AVW 3126) or his office (AVW 3227). If you're a prospective grad student or grad applicant, please read his FAQ!

Recent Publications:

Reinforcement Learning with Convex Constraints
Sobhan Miryoosefi, Kianté Brantley, Hal Daumé III, Miroslav Dudik and Robert Schapire
NeurIPS, 2019
[Abstract] [BibTeX]

Help, Anna! Visual Navigation with Natural Multimodal Assistance via Retrospective Curiosity-Encouraging Imitation Learning
Khanh Nguyen and Hal Daumé III
Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), 2019
[Abstract] [BibTeX]

Comparing and Developing Tools to Measure the Readability of Domain-Specific Texts
Elissa Redmiles, Lisa Maszkiewicz, Emily Hwang, Dhruv Kuchhal, Everst Liu, Miraida Morales, Denis Peskov, Sudha Rao, Rock Stevens, Kristina Gligori\'c, Sean Kross, Michelle L. Mazurek and Hal Daumé III
Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), 2019
[Abstract] [BibTeX]

Interpretable Engagement Models for MOOCs using Hinge-loss Markov Random Fields
Arti Ramesh, Dan Goldwasser, Bert Huang, Hal Daumé III and Lise Getoor
IEEE Transations on Learning Technologies, 2019
[Abstract] [BibTeX]

Meta-Learning for Contextual Bandit Exploration
Amr Sharaf and Hal Daumé III
arxiv, 2019
[Abstract] [BibTeX]

More papers please!

Recent Talks:

Learning language through interaction
December 2016, Georgetown, Amazon, USC, GATech

Bias in AI
November 2016, UMD MCWIC Diversity Summit
[PDF] [ODP] [PPTx (exported)] [Blog Post]

Locally optimal learning to search and distant supervision
December 2015, UMD CS Research Seminar
[PDF] [ODP] [Video]

Imitation learning and recurrent neural networks mashup
December 2015, CIFAR NCAP Workshop

Algorithms that learn to think of their feet
October 2015, UC Santa Cruz

More talks please!

Contact information:
    email: me AT hal3 DOT name               skype: haldaume3
    phone: 301-405-1073                    twitter: haldaume3
   office: AVW 3227                         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 twenty september, two thousand nineteen.