Mohit Bansal

Research Assistant Professor
Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago
6045 S. Kenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
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I'll be starting as an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department at UNC Chapel Hill in fall 2016.
(I will be looking for motivated PhD students in NLP, ML, and multimodal AI, so please email me if you are interested!)

 CV             Work Experience             Publications/Code/Data             Teaching             Students/Interns             Professional Service             Bio

About Me

I am a research assistant professor (3-year endowed position) at the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago, a philanthropically endowed academic computer science institute located on the University of Chicago campus. I received my Ph.D. in 2013 from the University of California at Berkeley, where I was advised by Dan Klein. I did my B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur. I have also spent time at Google Research, Microsoft Research, and Cornell University. I also collaborate with folks in the Speech & Language @ TTIC and Robotics @ TTIC groups.

Students/Visitors: If you are interested in an internship or visit in NLP/ML research (e.g., in spring/summer 2016), please contact me at mbansal-AT-ttic-DOT-edu for further details.
Current openings include (but are not limited to):
-- Question-answering and Dialog visiting student position
-- NLP+robotics visiting student position
-- NLP+speech visiting student position

Research Interests

Statistical natural language processing and machine learning, with a focus on semantics (lexical, distributional, compositional, referential, and multimodal), question answering and dialog, language generation, syntactic parsing, structured prediction, representation learning, and neural networks.

Work Experience

Toyota Technological Institute, Chicago (September 2013 — present)
Research Assistant Professor

IARPA Babel Project, Swordfish team (February 2014 — June 2014)

EECS, UC Berkeley (August 2008 — August 2013)
Graduate Student Researcher (Advisor: Dan Klein)

Google Research, Mountain View (May 2011 — August 2011)
Research Intern (with John DeNero and Dekang Lin)

Microsoft Research, Redmond (May 2010 — August 2010)
Research Intern (with Chris Quirk and Bob Moore)

Cornell University, Ithaca (May 2007 — August 2007)
Research Intern (with Lillian Lee and Claire Cardie)

Publications (+Code/Data)

(most conferences below have a ~25% acceptance rate)


Guest Lecturer, CMSC 35050 (Computational Linguistics, Instructor: John Goldsmith), University of Chicago, Spring 2015 — 'Automatic Taxonomy Induction'

Guest Lecturer, TTIC 31170 (Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, Instructor: Matthew Walter), TTI-Chicago, University of Chicago, Spring 2015 — 'Automatic Taxonomy Induction'

Guest Lecturer, CSC 2523 (Visual Recognition with Text, Instructor: Sanja Fidler), University of Toronto, Winter 2015 — short course on 'Topics, Trends, and Resources in NLP' [slides].

GSI, CS188 (Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, Instructor: Dan Klein), UC Berkeley, Fall 2011. Received an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award by UC Berkeley for excellence in teaching.

GSI, CS194-10 (Advanced Topics in Artificial Intelligence, Instructors: Pieter Abbeel, Dan Klein, Jitendra Malik), UC Berkeley, Spring 2009. Sole TA for new course with 30 advanced (A/A+ grade in CS188) students.


Malika Aubakirova (UChicago, BS)
Arjun Chandrasekaran (Virginia Tech, PhD)
Dhivya Eswaran (IIT-Madras, BTech --> CMU, PhD)
Rasool Fakoor (UT-Arlington, PhD)
Arnab Ghosh (IIT Kanpur, BTech)
Yuchen He (UIUC, PhD)
Zuyao Li (USC, MS)
Ang Lu (Tsinghua, BS --> CMU, MS)
Pranava S. Madhyastha (UPC Barcelona, PhD)
Hongyuan Mei (UChicago/TTIC, MS --> JHU, PhD)
Aravind L Srinivas (IIT Madras, BTech)
Ryan Stout (UIUC, MS)
Jing Wang (UIC, PhD --> Conversant, Scientist)
John Wieting (UIUC, PhD)
Zhengyang Wu (GeorgiaTech, BS)

Professional Service

Tutorial Co-Chair: NAACL 2016

Area Chair: NAACL 2016

Program Committee Member / Reviewer:

Conferences: EMNLP (best reviewer award, 2012; top 9%), NAACL (best reviewer award, 2015; top 25%), ACL, NIPS, ICLR, IJCAI, EACL, COLING, IJCNLP, ICON


Workshops: ACL Student Research Workshop (2013), NAACL Vector Space Modeling for NLP (2015), NAACL Multilingual and Crosslingual Methods in NLP (2016), NAACL Human-Computer Question Answering (2016), ACL Evaluating Vector-Space Representations for NLP (2016)

University Research Proposals: ORAU

Co-organizer: Midwest Speech and Language Days 2015

Committee Member: Graduate (PhD) Admissions Committee, EECS, UC Berkeley

Software and Datasets: Available as links with corresponding paper in Publications/Code/Data