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Hyundong Cho

Research Assistant


B.Eng, Computer Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


I am a PhD student at the University of Southern California's (USC) Information Sciences Institute (ISI), advised by Prof. Jonathan May.

Research Summary

My research interest is in natural language processing (NLP), specifically in natural language generation and dialogue systems. I am interested in making both open-domain and task-oriented dialogue systems more robust and versatile by 1) reducing the distribution shift from training time to deployment, 2) leveraging non-dialogue data to learn better representations about the world, and 3) learning continually and adapt to changes in the world.

Ultimately, I want to establish chatbots as the main interface that we use to interact with machines. Conversations are the most convenient means of communication for most people and so I believe my goal will make even complex intelligent systems accessible to a wider group of people, regardless of their technical expertise. Think of Samantha in Her and TARS in Interstellar!