Avijit Thawani



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I’m Avijit Thawani, a Computer Science PhD student at USC. Friends (as if I have any) call me Avi. I work at the intersection of Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Knowledge Graphs with Dr Pedro Szekely and Dr Jay Pujara at the Information Sciences Institute (ISI), currently focussing on the DARPA program for Machine Commonsense. I did my undergrad and masters in Computer Science at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT BHU), Varanasi.

Feel free to contact me about my work, potential collaboration plans, or to discuss any ideas at: thawani@usc.edu

Here are a few other pointers to knowing me:


July 2020: At ISI’s Graduate Student Symposium GSS 2020, I presented my (ongoing) work on number representations (poster) and frame semantics (slides; video).

June 2020: I’ll be attending MLSS 2020 and ACL 2020. I’ll present my (ongoing) work on number representations (video) at the former. EDIT: Here’s a conference report by Dr Vered Shwartz on the latter.

April 2020: I’ve been selected to attend MLSS Tübingen: Machine Learning Summer School along with 179 more students (out of 1300+ applicants).

October 2019: We ranked third in the IBM sponsored Table-to-KG matching challenge at the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2019) . Here’s the system description paper we wrote, and here are the slides. I also wrote a blog about my trip to ISWC.

October 2019: Selected as a volunteer for TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2019!

September 2019: Attended SoCalNLP 2019.

September 2019: I won a travel grant to attend WeCNLP 2019 at Facebook HQ, Menlo Park. The view up there is pretty amazing!

August 2019: Presenting at MLHC 2019, Michigan, a joint work with Byron Wallace on studying gender bias in online physician reviews.

July 2019: Attending SIGGRAPH 2019, Los Angeles.

June 2019: Attending ICML 2019, Long Beach.

June 2019: Presenting a poster at RepEval 2019 workshop colocated with NAACL, Minneapolis. Here’s a nice Github repo to get you started on our Word Association Task for Word Embeddings!

June 2019: Joined University of Southern California as a PhD student. I’ll be working with Pedro Szekely and Jay Pujara at the Center on Knowledge Graphs, Information Sciences Institute, Los Angeles. Looking forward to the DARPA Machine Commonsense project. I will be supported by the Annenberg Fellowship!

May 2019: Defended my Master’s thesis on Opinion Mining with word and contextualized embeddings. Bidding adieu to a great five years at IIT BHU :)

May 2019: Paper accepted (co-authors: Biplav Srivastava and Anil Kumar Singh) at the RepEval 2019 workshop. See you at NAACL, June 2-7, Minneapolis!

January 2019: Accepted into the Computer Science PhD programs at University of Southern California, Los Angeles and Northeastern University, Boston.

December 2018: Three amazing job offers from Samsung, Myntra, and Headout.

21st April 2018: My long short film Stopping by Woods is now on YouTube (EDIT: over 50,000 views). Do watch and hit like if you like!

March 2018: In the summer of 2018, I’ll be heading to Northeastern University for an internship under Dr. Byron Wallace’s guidance. See you in Boston!

Feb 2018: We’re done with the shooting of my upcoming short film (tentatively) titled Stopping by woods. So excited to begin editing as soon as my mid semesters end!

December 2017: We’re organising the 2nd workshop on Review Opinion Diversification at ACM Hypertext (9-12 July, 2018). See you in Baltimore!