Welcome to the MURGe-Lab!
Our MURGe-Lab (Multimodal Understanding, Reasoning, and Generation for Language Lab) has research interests in statistical natural language processing and machine learning, with a focus on multimodal, grounded, and embodied semantics (i.e., language with vision and speech, for robotics), human-like language generation and Q&A/dialogue, and interpretable and structured deep learning. We are a group of PhD, MS, BS, and visiting students who work with Prof. Mohit Bansal and collaborators in the Computer Science department (lab located in Brooks Building FB-241C) at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill. We are also a part of the bigger UNC-NLP Group!
- Apr 2020 6 new papers in ACL 2020 and 1 in IJCAI 2020.
- Feb 2020 Thanks to Amazon for the Amazon Machine Learning Research Award (blog post).
- Jan 2020 Thanks to DARPA for the DARPA Director's Fellowship.
- Jan 2020 Thanks to Microsoft for the Microsoft Investigator Fellowship (MSR blog post).
- Dec 2019 Congrats to Sweta Karlekar and Han Guo for winning the Runner-Up and Finalist positions in the CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Awards! (link)
- Nov 2019 Three EMNLP workshops' keynote slides uploaded: MRQA, LANTERN, WNGT).
- Nov 2019 4 new papers in AAAI 2020.
- Aug 2019 Congrats to Peter Hase for the Royster Society PhD Fellowship!
- Aug 2019 5 new papers in EMNLP 2019.
- July 2019 Congrats to Hyounghun for ACL 2019 Best Short Paper Nomination!
- July 2019 We have a Postdoc opening - please apply!
- July 2019 Thanks for the NSF-CAREER Award (details).
- July 2019 Thanks for the Google Focused Research Award (details).
- June 2019 Congrats to Hao Tan for the Bloomberg Data Science Ph.D. Fellowship!
- May 2019 6 new papers in ACL 2019.
- Apr 2019 Congrats to Darryl Hannan for the 3-year NSF PhD Fellowship!
- Mar 2019 Congrats to Hao Tan for 1st Rank on the Room-to-Room Vision-Language-Navigation Leaderboard!
- Feb 2019 5 new papers: 3 in NAACL 2019, 1 in CVPR 2019, 1 in ICRA 2019.
- Jan 2019. Congrats to Ramakanth Pasunuru for being awarded the 2-year Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship!
- Dec 2018. Congrats to Han Guo for being awarded the CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award Honorable Mention!
- Nov 2018. Thanks for the Salesforce Research Deep Learning Grant!
- Oct 2018. 2 new papers in AAAI 2019 (16% acceptance rate).
- Sept 2018. Thanks to Facebook and IBM for the faculty research awards!
- Aug 2018. 7 new papers (6 in EMNLP; 1 in CoNLL).
- July 2018. Thanks to Army Research Office for the ARO Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award.
1st rank in EMNLP FEVER (Fact Extraction & VERification) shared task (congrats Yixin and Haonan)! [Press Article]
- June 2018. COLING paper on dynamic-MTL selected as "Area Chair Favorites" (congrats Han+Ram)!
- Apr 2018. 4 new papers (2 in ACL; 1 in TACL; 1 in WiNLP).
- Apr 2018. Congrats to Lisa Bauer for being awarded the 3-year NSF PhD Fellowship!
- Mar 2018. Thanks to Adobe for the Adobe Research Award.
- Feb 2018. 9 new 2018 papers in NAACL, CVPR, AAAI, WACV.
- Sept 2017. Thanks to DARPA for the DARPA Young Faculty Award (link).
- Sept 2017. Thanks to Facebook for the Facebook ParlAI Research Award.
- July 2017. 3 papers at EMNLP 2017 and 2 papers at the Summarization-Frontiers and RepEval workshops.
- June 2017. Top single model results on the RepEval-NLI Shared Task at EMNLP 2017 (congrats Yixin!).
- June 2017. Outstanding Paper Award at ACL 2017 (congrats Ram!).
- Feb 2017. Thanks to Google for a Google Faculty Research Award (link).
- Nov 2016. 3 papers on navigational instruction generation, coherent dialogue w/ attn-LMs, and on context-RNN-GAN models to appear at AAAI 2017 and HRI 2017.
- July 2016. 5 papers to appear at EMNLP 2016: visual story sorting, visual question relevance, neural network interpretation (for politeness), machine comprehension/Q&A, and character-based sentence embedding models.
- July 2016. Best paper award at ACL 2016 Repl4NLP workshop for paper on mapping unseen words, and paper on end-to-end joint neural models for entity+relation extraction to appear at ACL 2016.
- Mar 2016. Thanks to Bloomberg for a Bloomberg Data Science Research Grant (link).
- Feb 2016. Paper on universal sentence embeddings selected as an oral at ICLR 2016.
- Jan 2016. Our work on AI for computational humor was covered in MIT Technology Review and Newsweek.
- Nov 2015. Nvidia paper award at NIPS 2015 Multimodal ML workshop for paper on navigational instruction following.
- Dec 2014. Thanks for an IBM Faculty Award and a Google Faculty Research Award (link).