ABOUT

I'm a recent graduate of Brown University with a Master's in Computer Science '18. My passion is developing AI products to empower people. My research has been featured in news outlets such as Wired and the MIT Technology Review. I bring experience in deep learning, NLP, and computer vision, and industry experience as a full-stack developer.

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PUBLICATIONS

 

2019

OPENGPT-2: REPLICATING OPENAI’S BILLION-PARAMETER LANGUAGE MODEL

Aaron Gokaslan*, Vanya Cohen*, Ellie Pavlick, Stefanie Tellex. NeurIPS 2019: NewInML Workshop

Gokaslan and Cohen et al. (2019) describes the replication and release of open-source versions of the GPT-2 (Radford et al. 2019) language model and dataset, in a Google-sponsored project using peta-flop scale distributed training.

2019

GROUNDING LANGUAGE ATTRIBUTES TO OBJECTS USING BAYESIAN EIGENOBJECTS

Vanya Cohen*, Benjamin Burchfiel*, Thao Nguyen*, Nakul Gopalan, Stefanie Tellex, George Konidaris. IROS 2019.

Cohen et al. (2019) describes a model enabling robots to recognize household objects based on natural language descriptions. Notably the model generalizes to partially observed objects and novel viewpoints. 

EXPERIENCE

 

LUMINOSO TECHNOLOGIES – MACHINE LEARNING ENGINEER

September 2019 - Present

Developed and deployed a new algorithm for learning word representations in limited-data domains through transfer learning. Created new features for ConceptNet, an MIT Media Lab common sense knowledge base corpus.

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BROWN U. ROBOTICS LAB – RESEARCH ASSISTANT

September 2017 - October 2019

Led research on a first-author publication focusing on NLP and language grounding for robotics. Mentored new students and advised on other lab publications and projects. Developed billion-parameter language models and the OpenWebText Corpus openwebtext.org h2r.cs.brown.edu

UCLA/BROWN UNIVERSITY – RESEARCH ENGINEER

December 2017 - November 2018

Created distributed applications on AWS for collecting and parsing millions of financial disclosure documents from governments/companies for the National Bureau of Economic Research.

TRIPADVISOR – SOFTWARE ENGINEERING INTERN

June 2016 - August 2016

As part of the iOS maps and in-destination team, optimized the maps POI implementation, and collaborated on a high-impact redesign of the in-destination feature. tripadvisor.com

EDUCATION

 

BROWN UNIVERSITY – MSC. COMPUTER SCIENCE

September 2017 - May 2018

Graduate coursework in Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning, NLP, Theory of AI, and Computer Vision.

BROWN UNIVERSITY – BSC. COMPUTER SCIENCE

September 2013 - May 2017

Coursework in Systems, Embedded Software, Distributed Systems, Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, NLP, AI, Advanced Calculus, Linear Algebra, Theory of Computation, and Statistics.

SKILLS

LANGUAGES

Java, C#, Python, JavaScript, Swift, Objective-C, GLSL, C++, C, SQL, Lua, Scala

PLATFORMS

iOS, Linux, Windows, ROS, Arduino, AWS (EC2, S3, Lambda, SNS, SQS, RDS), Google Cloud Platform, Tensorflow Research Cloud

TECHNOLOGIES

Pytorch, Tensorflow, CUDA, OpenGL, Matlab

 

CONTACT

vanya_cohen (at) alumni.brown.edu

 

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