How and Why Artificial Intelligence Answers Questions (CMSC 848Q)


Location CSIC 3117
Time Mon./Wed. 14:00am - 15:15pm
Homework Submission
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Jordan Boyd-Graber
IRB 4146
Office Hours (IRB 4146): By appointment

Teaching Assistant

Maharshi Gor: Office Hours


Date In-Class Topic Assignment Due
Mon 24. Jan Introducing the Course
Lecture: Reading: Chapter 1 of Question Answering for the Curated Web Tasks and Methods in QA over Knowledge Bases and Text Collections (Alternate link)
Wed 26. Jan QA History / Background
Mon 31. Jan Information Retrieval / tf-idf
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Wed 2. Feb History of Computational Question Answering
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Fri 4. Feb Homework Due HW0
Mon 7. Feb Neural Sequence Models for Language
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Wed 9. Feb QA Datasets
Lecture: Readings:
  • (Optional) Taxonomy of NLP QA
  • Fri 11. Feb Homework Due HW1
    Mon 14. Feb Computational Frameworks
    Lecture: Reading: Minitorch (Up to autodiff)
    Wed 16. Feb Machine Reading
    Reading: MRC Literature Review
    Mon 21. Feb Paper Presentations I (ALL ZOOM)
    Wed 23. Feb Beyond Factoid QA: Generation, Conversational, Long-form QA
    Reading: Conversational information seeking (Chapters 2,7)
    Mon 28. Feb Paper Presentations II
    Wed 2. Mar Entailment and Fact Checking
    Videos: Readings:
    Fri 4. Mar Homework Due HW2
    Mon 7. Mar Paper Presentations III
    Wed 9. Mar Multimodal QA: Audio, Video
    Videos: Readings:
    Fri 11. Mar Project Checkpoint Abstract
    Mon 14. Mar Midterm Review
    Wed 16. Mar Midterm
    Mon 28. Mar Group Reformation, Checkin
    Wed 30. Mar How to Write a Paper I
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    Fri 1. Apr Project Checkpoint Experiment Plan, Introduction
    Mon 4. Apr How to Write a Paper II
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    Wed 6. Apr Evaluation: Leaderboards and IRT
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    Mon 11. Apr Other QA Formats: MC, Crosswords
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    Wed 13. Apr Project Conferences
    Fri 15. Apr Project Checkpoint Baselines, Related Work
    Mon 18. Apr Graphics and Figures
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    Wed 20. Apr Explainable, Cooperative, and Adversarial QA
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    Mon 25. Apr Tabular QA (not flipped)
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    Wed 27. Apr Fairness in Question Answering
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    Fri 29. Apr Project Checkpoint Conforming Draft
    Mon 2. May Ask Me Anything: No Reading, No Videos
    Wed 4. May Paper Workshop
    Fri 6. May Project Checkpoint Optional Feedback
    Mon 9. May Poster Session
    Mon 16. May Project Checkpoint Final Submission