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Dr. Vered Shwartz

Dr. Vered Shwartz is a Canada CIFAR AI Chair at the Vector Institute. She is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at UBC. Previously, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Allen Institute for AI (AI2) and the University of Washington.

Dr. Shwartz’s research focuses on natural language processing, with the fundamental goal of building models capable of human-level understanding of natural language. Her research involves different problems in computational semantics and pragmatics, and commonsense reasoning. In particular, she is working on learning to uncover implicit meaning (“reading between the lines”), which is abundant in human speech, and on developing machines with advanced reasoning skills.

Prior to that, Dr. Shwartz did her PhD (2019), M.Sc. (2015), and B.Sc. (2013) in Computer Science at Bar-Ilan University. She was also part of the Natural Language Processing lab where she worked on lexical and compositional semantics.