Seminars and Events

ISI Natural Language Seminar

Getting AI to Do Things I Can’t

Event Details


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Is it possible to tame powerful AI systems even when we struggle to determine the ground truth ourselves? In this talk, I will cover two example NLP tasks: 1) automatically searching for goal-relevant patterns in large text collections and explaining them to humans in natural language; 2) labeling complex SQL programs using non-programmers with the aid of our AI system and achieving accuracy on par with database experts. In both cases, we build tools that help humans scrutinize the AI’s behavior with high effectiveness but low effort, bringing new insights that human experts have not anticipated.

Speaker Bio

Ruiqi Zhong is a 4th year Ph.D. student advised by Jacob Steinhardt and Dan Klein, working on NLP and AI Alignment. His research aims to enable humans to effectively supervise AI systems on tasks where the ground truth is hard to obtain. He reads about epistemology and labor economy in his spare time.

Mr. Zhong also works closely with Prof. Jason Eisner at Semantic Machines. Ruiqi finished his undergrad at Columbia University, where he worked with Prof. Kathleen McKeown on NLP. 

If speaker approves to be recorded for this NL Seminar talk, it will be posted on our USC/ISI YouTube page within 1-2 business days: