Anna Rohrbach

Natural Language for Explainable AI

Natural language is an effective medium through which most humans communicate. Enabling natural language interfaces in Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems would make them more intuitive and useful to the end users. In this work I will focus on two projects where we rely on natural language to support the AI systems. First, I will cover our work on robust change captioning, where we learn to analyze pairs of images in order to discover significant semantic changes which we then summarize with natural language. Second, I will present our work on explainable and advisable driving models. Here, we develop models that can both, generate textual explanations of their actions, as well as incorporate user advice in the form of observation-action rules.

I am a Research Scientist at UC Berkeley, working with Prof. Trevor Darrell. I have completed my PhD at Max Planck Institute for Informatics under supervision of Prof. Bernt Schiele. My research is at the intersection of vision and language. I am interested in a variety of tasks, including image and video description, visual grounding, visual question answering, etc. Recently, I am focusing on building explainable models and addressing bias in existing vision and language models.

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