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Associate Professor
Computer Science and Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai - 600 036

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(1) Natural Language Generation: Developing architectures based on the neural encode-attend-decode paradigm for generating query specific document summaries, generating descriptions from structured data, generating questions from knowledge graphs and unstructured documents.

(2) Conversation Systems: Building systems which can learn to converse from background knowledge available in domain-specific structured and unstructured resources.

(3) Question Answering: Building datasets (and systems) which require complex reasoning over multiple sentences in a document or multiple tuples in a knowledge graph.

(4) Multimodal Processing: Learning joint representation for entities across modalities. For example, learning a common representation for images and their captions. One of the goals is to use such joint representations for downstream applications such as multimodal conversations which involves conversing about a dynamic set of images

(5) (a little bit of) Computer Vision: Building compact models for image processing and video processing

Mitesh M. Khapra is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Madras and is affiliated with the Robert Bosch Centre for Data Science and AI. He is also a co-founder One Fourth Labs, a startup whose mission is to design and deliver affordable hands-on courses on AI and related topics. He is also a co-founder of AI4Bharat, a voluntary community with an aim to provide AI-based solutions to India-specific problems. His research interests span the areas of Deep Learning, Multimodal Multilingual Processing, Natural Language Generation, Dialog systems, Question Answering and Indic Language Processing. He has publications in several top conferences and journals including TACL, ACL, NeurIPS, TALLIP, EMNLP, EACL, AAAI, etc. He has also served as Area Chair or Senior PC member in top conferences such as ICLR and AAAI. Prior to IIT Madras, he was a Researcher at IBM Research India for four and a half years, where he worked on several interesting problems in the areas of Statistical Machine Translation, Cross Language Learning, Multimodal Learning, Argument Mining and Deep Learning. Prior to IBM, he completed his PhD and M.Tech from IIT Bombay in Jan 2012 and July 2008 respectively. His PhD thesis dealt with the important problem of reusing resources for multilingual computation. During his PhD he was a recipient of the IBM PhD Fellowship (2011) and the Microsoft Rising Star Award (2011). He is also a recipient of the Google Faculty Research Award (2018), the IITM Young Faculty Recognition Award (2019) and the Prof. B. Yegnanarayana Award for Excellence in Research and Teaching (2020). Nasscom AI Game Changer Award, 2021 (Academic Category: Accepted on behalf of Team Samanantar)
Prof. B. Yegnanarayana Award for Excellence in Research and Teaching, 2020
IITM Young Faculty Recognition Award, 2019
Google Faculty Research Award, 2018
Microsoft Rising Star Award, 2011
IBM PhD Fellowship, 2011-2012
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