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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 Perotto Professor, as well as 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 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Podcast and more technically in recent talks; and has discussed fairness/bias in broad terms in a (now somewhat outdated) blog post.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 have awesome colleagues in the Computional Linguistics and Information Processing Lab (which he formerly directed) and 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:

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

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] [Code/Data]

Global Voices: Crossing Borders in Automatic News Summarization
Khanh Nguyen and Hal Daumé III
EMNLP Summarization Workshop, 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 Gligorić, Sean Kross, Michelle L. Mazurek and Hal Daumé III
Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), 2019
[Abstract] [BibTeX] [Code/Data]

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

More papers please!

Recent Talks:

(Meta-)Learning from Interaction
NYU Machine Learning Reading Group 2019
[PDF] [ODP]

Out of Order! Flexible neural language generation
NAACL 2019 NeuralGen Workshop
[PPTx]

Beyond demonstrations: Learning behavior from higher-level supervision
ICML 2019 I3 Workshop
[PPTX]

Imitation Learning
Vector Institute Reinforcement Learning Summer School 2018
[PDF] [ODP]

Learning language through interaction
December 2016, Georgetown, Amazon, USC, GATech, UW, ...
[PDF] [ODP] [Video]

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

More talks please!

Contact information:
    email: me AT hal3 DOT name               skype: haldaume3
    phone: 301-405-1073                    twitter: haldaume3
   office: IRB 4150                         github: hal3
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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 thirteen october, two thousand nineteen.