Ana Marasović (Allen Institute for AI & University of Washington) “Self-Explaining for Intuitive Interaction with AI”

February 28, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Ames Hall 234 - Presented Virtually Via Zoom
3400 N. Charles Street
MD 21218


Since it is increasingly harder to opt out from interacting with AI technology, people demand that AI is capable of maintaining contracts such that it supports agency and oversight of people who are required to use it or who are affected by it. To help those people create a mental model about how to interact with AI systems, I extend the underlying models to self-explain—predict the label/answer and explain this prediction. In this talk, I will present how to generate (1) free-text explanations given in plain English that immediately tell users the gist of the reasoning, and (2) contrastive explanations that help users understand how they could change the text to get another label.


Ana Marasović is a postdoctoral researcher at the Allen Institute for AI (AI2) and the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at University of Washington. Her research interests broadly lie in the fields of natural language processing, explainable AI, and vision-and-language learning. Her projects are motivated by a unified goal: improve interaction and control of the NLP systems to help people make these systems do what they want with the confidence that they’re getting exactly what they need. Prior to joining AI2, Ana obtained her PhD from Heidelberg University.

How to pronounce my name: the first name is Ana like in Spanish, i.e., with a long “a” like in “water”; regarding the last name: “mara” as in actress mara wilson + “so” + “veetch”.

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