I am interested in developing models and learning methods with emphasis on applications in natural language understanding such as robots that can follow instruction, answer questions or hold a conversation. I am currently active in three research areas:
Robot Instruction Following: Robots that can follow instructions can be of great assistance. I am interested in developing models that can train with minimal effort and generalize to new environments and instructions. See Misra et al. EMNLP 2018b, EMNLP 2017, ACL 2015a, IJRR 2015b, RSS 2014.
Semantic parsing: I am interested in developing semantic parsers using weak supervision with application to tasks like question answering. See Misra et al. EMNLP 2018a and Misra and Artzi EMNLP 2016.
Reinforcement Learning: Problems described above are often best described using a reinforcement learning framework. I am interested in developing reinforcement learning algorithms that simultaneously achieve good exploration, sample efficiency and generalization with theoretical guarantees. See Misra et al. EMNLP 2017 and Asadi, Misra, Littman ICML 2018.
I have served or serving as program committee member for natural language processing (EMNLP, ACL, EACL, NAACL), machine learning (ICML, NIPS, AISTATS) and robotics conferences and journals (JAIR, ICRA, HRI, ISRR, RSS).