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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
iOS, Linux, Windows, ROS, Arduino, AWS (EC2, S3, Lambda, SNS, SQS, RDS), Google Cloud Platform, Tensorflow Research Cloud
Pytorch, Tensorflow, CUDA, OpenGL, Matlab
vanya_cohen (at) alumni.brown.edu