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Add to Calendar 2022-12-12T08:30:00 2022-12-12T10:00:00 America/New_York PhD Proposal: Debajyoti Datta All Invited Committee Members: Zoom

All Invited

Committee Members:

  • Dr. Donald Brown (ESE) (Advisor)
  • Dr. Laura Barnes (ESE) (Advisor)
  • Dr. Michael Porter (ESE) (Chairperson)
  • Dr. Nikolaos Sidiropoulos (ECE)
  • Dr. Jennie L. Chiu (School of Education)

Zoom Meeting Information: Please email ese-programs@virginia.edu for zoom information.

Title: Efficient collection, evaluation and deployment of large scale deep learning models in low resource natural language processing scenarios


Deep learning in natural language processing revolutionized low-resource domains like education and healthcare with approaches like transfer learning and prompting. Large language models can generalize to new tasks in low-resource domains; however, domain-specific data collection often beats generalized data for a given model size in terms of model performance.

My proposal aims to take the advances in deep learning and natural language processing and apply them in the context of low-resource domains like ``education''. I want to understand how we can efficiently train and deploy these large-scale models using approaches from tensor decomposition and improve the downstream application and deployment of such models.

Preliminary results show that tensor decomposition-based approaches can improve parameter efficiency over existing approaches by up to 5x. I plan to evaluate this approach's efficacy in education by deploying a real-world use case of a conversational agent system.