Alane Suhr

/əˈleɪn ˈsuəɹ/

Young Investigator
Mosaic at the Allen Institute for AI

ABD PhD Candidate
Computer Science
Cornell University

(Starting July 2023)
Assistant Professor
Berkeley EECS

publications CV (pdf)

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I am currently a Young Investigator at AI2 on the Mosaic team (led by Yejin Choi), based in Seattle, WA. In July 2023, I will join UC Berkeley EECS as an Assistant Professor.

I am also technically an ABD (all-but-dissertation) PhD candidate in Computer Science at Cornell University, based at Cornell Tech in New York, NY, and advised by Yoav Artzi. In 2016, I graduated from Ohio State University with a BS in Computer Science and Engineering and a minor in Linguistics.

My research spans natural language processing, machine learning, and computer vision. I build systems that use language to interact with people, e.g., in collaborative interactions (like CerealBar). I design models and datasets that address and represent problems in language grounding (e.g., NLVR). I also develop learning algorithms for systems that learn language through interaction.

FYI: Applying to Berkeley

I will be starting to work with doctoral students at Berkeley in Fall of 2023, so please apply this cycle if you have interest. Please see this page for details on how to apply to graduate programs in Berkeley EECS. The deadline is December 8 2022, at 8:59pm PT. Information about application fee waivers for Berkeley admissions is here.

If you have any questions about PhD admissions that are not answered by this page, please see FAQ.

I don't have the bandwidth to respond to individual emails I receive about admissions. If you're considering applying to Berkeley, please do!

News and Events

Upcoming talks

Date Type Venue Location Recording
2022 December 15 Invited Talk Workshop on Language and Robot Learning (CoRL) virtual
October 23 Invited Talk Workshop on Language for 3D Scenes (ECCV) virtual
October 21 Guest Speaker UW Computational Linguistics Lab virtual
September 9 Invited Talk BAIR Trust, Equity, and Grounded Language Workshop virtual
August 22 Dissertation Defense Cornell CS New York, NY link
July 15 Invited Talk Workshop on Multimodal Artificial Intelligence (NAACL) Seattle, WA
July 14 Invited Talk SemEval Seattle, WA
May 4 Job Talk AI2 virtual
May 2 Job Talk UT Austin CS Austin, TX
April 28 Job Talk Hugging Face New York, NY
April 17 Job Talk Microsoft Research virtual
April 11 Job Talk CMU LTI Pittsburgh, PA
April 7 Job Talk University of Waterloo CS virtual
April 5 Job Talk GATech School of IC virtual
April 4 Job Talk BU CS virtual
March 30 Job Talk Northwestern CS virtual
March 29 Job Talk UChicago Data Science virtual
March 23 Job Talk UPenn CIS Philadelphia, PA
March 22 Job Talk Rutgers CS virtual
March 17 Job Talk Yale CS virtual
March 14 Job Talk JHU CS virtual
March 8 Job Talk UC Berkeley CS virtual
March 2 Job Talk TTIC Chicago, IL
February 28 Job Talk SFU CS virtual
February 24 Guest Speaker Stanford NLP Seminar virtual
February 23 Job Talk UMass Amherst CICS virtual
February 9 Paper Presentation SCiL
(Effenberger et al. 2022)
January 20 Guest Speaker NRL Reasoning Lunch virtual
2021 December 9 Guest Speaker Cornell CS Colloquium Ithaca, NY
November 17 Guest Speaker NLP with Friends virtual link
November 10 Tutorial Crowdsourcing Beyond Annotation: Case Studies in Benchmark Data Collection (EMNLP) virtual link
May 21 Guest Speaker DeepMind NLP Reading Group virtual

Upcoming workshops

Date Collocated Workshop Location
2022 December 2 NeurIPS InterNLP: Interactive Learning for NLP New Orleans, LA (hybrid)
2021 June 10 NAACL ViGIL: Visually Grounded Interaction and Language virtual