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.
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.
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
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)
Pytorch, Tensorflow, CUDA, OpenGL, Matlab
vanya_cohen (at) alumni.brown.edu