©2019 by Vanya Cohen.

ABOUT

I'm a recent graduate of Brown University with a Master's in Computer Science '18. I'm passionate about developing products and technologies which enable AI to empower ordinary people. From my work as a researcher, I bring proficiency in deep learning, NLP, and computer vision. Additionally, I have industry experience as a full-stack developer, using AWS and iOS/Windows.

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PAPERS

 

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

 

BROWN U. ROBOTICS LAB – RESEARCH ASSISTANT

September 2017 - Present

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. Currently developing billion-parameter language models. 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

PROSE – SOFTWARE ENGINEERING INTERN

June 2015 - December 2015

Built key social features for Prose for iOS (a platform for publishing and reading literature) and prototyped a new mobile app. theprose.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)

TOOLS

Pytorch, Tensorflow, CUDA, OpenGL, Matlab

 

CONTACT

vanya_cohen (at) alumni.brown.edu