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Hanneneh Hajishirzi

  • Research Assistant Professor

Appointments

Research Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Biography

Hannaneh Hajishirzi is a research assistant professor at the University of Washington. Her research interests are in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and natural language processing. She received her Ph.D. in 2012 from the computer science department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was a postdoctoral associate at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research in 2013. Hajishirzi is a recipient of the Beckman Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence award, best paper award at SigDial 2012, Google research faculty award and Allen Distinguished Investigator award. Her work has been recognized in New York Times, Washington Post and GeekWire, among others.

Research Interests

  • Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Language and Vision
  • Question Answering
  • Information Extraction
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“For students, the language and diagram understanding parts are easy, but the reasoning and problem solving are challenging,” Hajishirzi said. “For computers, both steps are challenging.”

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See Also:

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Representative Publications

  • Minjoon Seo, Aniruddha Kembhavi, Ali Farhadi, and Hannaneh Hajishirzi “Bi-directional Attention Flow for machine comprehension”, in Arxiv 2016.
  • Antoine Bosselut, Jianfu Chen, David Warren, Hannaneh Hajishirzi and Yejin Choi, "Learning Prototypical Event Structure from Photo Albums," Proceedings of Associatino of Computational Linguistics (ACL), 2016.
  • Aniruddha Kembhavi, Mike Salvato, Eric Kolve, Minjoon Seo, Hannaneh Hajishirzi, and Ali Farhadi, "A Diagram is Worth a Dozen Images," in Proceedings of the European Conference in Computer Vision (ECCV), 2016
  • Rik Koncel-Kedziorski, Ioannis Konstas, Luke Zettlemoyer, and Hannaneh Hajishirzi, "A Theme-Rewriting Approach for Generating Algebra Word Problems," in Proceedings of the Emprical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), 2016
  • Minjoon Seo, Hannaneh Hajishirzi, Ali Farhadi, Oren Etzioni, and Clint Malcolm, "Solving Geometry Problems: Combining Text and Diagram Interpretation," in Proceedings of the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), 2015
  • Hessam Bagherinezhad, Hannaneh Hajishirzi, Yejin Choi, and Ali Farhadi, "Are Elephants Bigger than Butterflies? Reasoning about Sizes of Objects," in Proceedings of the Conference in Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), 2016
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Education

  • Postdoctoral Associate
    Disney Research/Carnegie Mellon University
  • Ph.D.
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign