Bevan K. Jones

affiliation (postdoc)
Miyao Lab
National Institute of Informatics
Tokyo, Japan

(Formerly jointly enrolled in the PhD programs at the University of Edinburgh and Macquarie University.)


I am postdoc at the National Institute of Informatics (Tokyo, Japan) working in the Miyao Lab. I recently completed a joint PhD degree in Informatics/Computer Science with advisors Sharon Goldwater and Mark Johnson.

My research interests center on natural language understanding, with a focus on grammar induction and how sentence meanings can influence the grammars one learns. I approach the problem as an information theoretic and computational problem, leveraging tools from computer science and mathematics to explore questions relevant to a range of problems in psychology and natural language technology. I do a lot of work in semantic parsing, developing systems that automatically learn to map from sentences of English or other natural languages like German, Turkish, or Japanese to formal representations of their meanings. I have also worked on related problems such as semantics-based statistical machine translation, and on jointly learning word-segmentations and word meanings. I often use Bayesian inference techniques, applying them to models taken from formal language theory such as graph grammars and tree transducers, and lean toward machine learning techniques involving distant supervision.


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