Our own Devi Parikh was featured as one of the “Incredible Women Advancing A.I. Research” by Forbes. Congrats to Devi.
Devi Parikh is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech and a Visiting Researcher at Facebook AI Research (FAIR). After receiving her masters and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon, she’s held multiple visiting positions at top research labs and won accolades such as the 2017 IJCAI Computers and Thought award, considered “the premier award for AI researchers under the age of 35”.
Parikh’s most proud of her research work in Visual Question Answering (VQA) which lies at the intersection of computer vision and natural language processing (NLP). “Through making our large datasets and systems publicly available, we’ve enabled research groups around the world to make significant progress on building machines that can automatically answer questions about visual content,” she highlights. Such technology can aid the visually impaired and transmit information on low-bandwidth networks that can’t support images.
Advances in VQA also improve existing product experiences. “We’ll see more and more conversational agents – be it personal assistants or chatbots – that can see, or augmented reality experiences that are visually intelligent.”