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Tushar Khot is a Senior Research Scientist on the Aristo team

Tushar Khot, Sr. Research Scientist at AI2

After graduating from NIT Trichy in India, I worked at Google Bangalore for two years. I always had an interest in AI/ML and after working on a couple of projects in Google, I felt the need to pursue this interest more seriously. I joined the Ph.D. program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I worked on learning probabilistic models for structured data. When I heard about AI2, an AI lab led by Oren Etzioni with a strong focus on research, I had to check it out. With the Aristo team’s focus on structured reasoning, I couldn’t think of a better…


The Embodied-AI Workshop at CVPR 2021 will be host to 12 challenges, including 3 from AI2

We recently launched the ObjectNav, Rearrangement, and ALFRED challenges at the CVPR 2021 Embodied-AI Workshop. These challenges require AI agents to navigate environments, rearrange rooms, and follow complex instructions in the AI2-THOR environment. Our goal with these challenges is to encourage researchers to work on this important problem and to create unified benchmarks that successfully track progress over time. (Due to COVID-19, the challenge will only be done in simulation.)

Leaderboards for these challenges close on May 31st, 2021!

ObjectNav Challenge


Chelsea is a Product Manager on the Semantic Scholar team

Chelsea Haupt, Product Manager at AI2.
Chelsea Haupt, Product Manager at AI2.
Chelsea Haupt, Product Manager at AI2

What put you on the path to your current role?

Having found a passion for science, research, teaching, and project management while in graduate school, I decided to take a more “non-traditional” career path for a Ph.D. chemist and enter the business sector. This has allowed me to hone my skills as a Product Manager while working on high-impact projects like Semantic Scholar.

What’s the most surprising or interesting thing that has happened with your work at AI2 recently?

We are working on improving the integration of the Library and Research Feeds features in our academic search platform Semantic Scholar. We recently conducted user research to ensure the new experience is resonating with our users. It is extremely rewarding to hear firsthand from users how excited…


Sanjana Chintalapati, UW Allen School junior and AI2 scholarship recipient.

This week, AI2 and the UW Allen School are proud to announce that junior Sanjana Chintalapati is the recipient of the 2021 Allen AI Outstanding Engineer Scholarship.

AI2 offers this scholarship to one outstanding engineering student from an underrepresented group each year as part of our ongoing efforts to encourage diversity and equity across AI disciplines and career levels, as well as to strengthen the important connections between academic and industry research. The scholarship covers full tuition for one academic year and is accompanied by mentorship and a paid summer internship at AI2.

Sanjana is interested in accessibility and is…


Luca is a Research Scientist on the PRIOR team.

Luca Weihs is a Research Scientist on the PRIOR team.

My path was a bit circuitous –I entered undergrad convinced I would become a mathematics professor. I then realized I liked machine learning, AI, and programming, so I went to graduate school for statistics; this may sound like a strange decision but I promise that it more or less makes sense. I was fortunate to get an internship at AI2 during the institute’s early days by reaching out to the CEO Oren Etzioni directly, and I’m now able to spend all my time researching interesting problems at the intersection of reinforcement learning, computer vision, and embodied agents.

What’s the most surprising or interesting thing that has happened with your work at AI2 recently?

Over the last…


Slater is a Software Engineer at AI2.

Slater is a Software Engineer at AI2.

I took a fairly indirect path into software. I trained as a professional French hornist at Indiana University and then spent some time in New York before the ’08 recession forced so many artists to reevaluate their career paths including me. I then worked for about 7 years in various roles in the investment industry which included client facing roles and operations, before ultimately landing in due diligence and compliance. While I enjoyed the people I worked with, I didn’t find the work itself to be all that compelling. About 6 years ago I began to look for other opportunities…


UW Allen School senior Jenny Liang, scholarship recipient.

This week, AI2 and the UW Allen School are proud to announce that Jenny Liang is the recipient of the 2020 Allen AI Outstanding Engineer Scholarship for Women and Underrepresented Minorities. AI2 offers this scholarship to one outstanding engineering student each year as part of our ongoing efforts to encourage diversity and equity across AI disciplines and career levels, as well as to strengthen the important connections between academic and industry research. The scholarship covers full tuition for one academic year and is accompanied by mentorship and a paid summer internship at AI2.

Recently named one of The Husky 100


Meet the predoctoral researchers on AI2’s pioneering computer vision team.

The Predoctoral Young Investigator (PYI) program at AI2 is an opportunity to prepare for graduate-level research through partnership with strong mentors, participation in cutting edge research, and co-authorship of scientific papers in top publications, ultimately positioning candidates for successful entry into a Ph.D. program. Back in February before COVID-19 had us all working from home for a while, we rounded up the PYIs on the PRIOR team and asked them about what brought them to AI2, what experiences they’ve had as part of our institute, and where they’re headed next.

If you’re interested in a Predoctoral Young Investigator role with…


Tom Hope is a new Young Investigator on the Semantic Scholar team.

Tom Hope is a Young Investigator on the Semantic Scholar team.

I currently work on boosting scientific discovery and innovation with natural language processing (NLP) and data mining, as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington (UW) and at AI2. I’ve always been fascinated by how inventions come about, across scientific and technological disciplines. The stories behind significant inventions are often interesting in their own right. In the words of the prominent polymath Gottfried Leibniz: “Nothing is more important than to see the sources of invention which are, in my opinion, more interesting than the inventions themselves”. In my Ph.D. with Prof. …


Jesse Dodge was an intern at AI2 on the AllenNLP team.

Jesse Dodge was an intern at AI2 on the AllenNLP team.

I had known about AI2 for a while, as a few of my friends worked there and had good experiences. I liked that AI2 is a mission-driven, non-profit research institution with close ties to academia; I knew I could talk publicly about what I worked on here, and I liked that I wouldn’t have to tie my research to a consumer product.

What’s the most surprising thing that happened with your work at AI2?

I was surprised by how effective AI2 is at promoting the research that goes on here. Internally, there are many researchers to discuss ideas with, and work promoted externally by AI2 can get a lot of attention from…

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