Welcome to my webpage!

I am a research scientist at Element AI that has just been acquired by ServiceNow. I am also a Core Industry Member of Mila and Adjunct Professor at McGill University.

I believe Human Language Techonologies (HLT: a better name than NLP) will change the way humans interact with software and access knowledge. In fact, this has already happened (think web search), but this is just the beginning. I am interested in research questions at all levels of the HLT techonology stack including fundamentals of deep learning, foundation model training, task-specific algorithms (especially semantic parsing), user experience with AI systems. Keyword-wise, my recent and on-going work focuses on semantic parsing and task-oriented dialogue methods, code generation, systematic (compositional) generalization and sample efficiency of neural models.

My prior research interests include grounding language in vision and action, question answering, speech recognition, machine translation and structured prediction in general.

I have did my PhD at Mila working under supervision of Yoshua Bengio.

A bit of bragging: I invented the content-based neural attention that is now a core tool in deep-learning-based natural language processing.

Research Highlights

Previous Work

My publications at Google Scholar