Question Answering

Question answering is concerned with answer user questions, either in a closed-domain or open-domain setting automatically. We are interested in exploiting synergies between question answering and related tasks, such as framing entailment or relation extraction as question answering tasks. Further research interests are question answering in conversational settings, such as for chatbots.

We are currently involved in two funded projects related to this theme: a project on subjectivity in question answering, funded by a faculty research award from Megagon Labs; as well a PhD fellowship grant on conversational question answering for customer support from BotXO, which Ana Valeria Gonzalez works on.

Publications

Subjectivity is the expression of internal opinions or beliefs which cannot be objectively observed or verified, and has been shown to …

Learning what to share between tasks has been a topic of high importance recently, as strategic sharing of knowledge has been shown to …

Task oriented dialogue systems rely heavily on specialized dialogue state tracking (DST) modules for dynamically predicting user intent …

Task oriented dialogue systems rely heavily on specialized dialogue state tracking (DST) modules for dynamically predicting user intent …

Although the vast majority of knowledge bases KBs are heavily biased towards English, Wikipedias do cover very different topics in …

The best systems at the SemEval-16 and SemEval-17 community question answering shared tasks – a task that amounts to question …

Many Machine Reading and Natural Language Understanding tasks require reading supporting text in order to answer questions. For …