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Iyyer Named 2022 Samsung AI Researcher of the Year

Mohit Iyyer
Mohit Iyyer

Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences Assistant Professor Mohit Iyyer was named one of five Samsung AI Researcher of the Year award winners in recognition of outstanding research contributions to the field of artificial intelligence. 

Honorees received $30,000 and delivered a brief presentation of their research during the Samsung AI Forum, held this year in Seoul, Korea, Nov. 8-9, which brought together experts across industry and academia to share the latest in artificial intelligence trends, technologies, and research.

Iyyer's talk, "Long-Form Language Generation," provided an overview of how he and researchers in the UMass Amherst Natural Language Processing Lab are using AI to generate long texts and how collaborative writing between humans and machines can help mitigate challenges in modeling and evaluation, among other projects. 

Iyyer's current research interests center around discourse-level natural language processing tasks, including document-level translation, long-form question answering, and narrative understanding. He received his doctorate in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park, and spent a year at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence before joining the computer science faculty in 2018. 

The 2022 honorees also include Danqi Chen of Princeton University, Simon Shaolei Du of the University of Washington, Aditya Grover of the University of California Los Angeles, and Tengyu Ma of Stanford University.


To watch a recording of Iyyer's presentation, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS8_N8DqBXo&t=29840s

For more information and a recap of the AI Forum, see: https://news.samsung.com/global/samsung-unveils-vision-for-the-future-of-ai-at-samsung-ai-forum-2022