NL+ (Natural Language Processing Lunch Seminar) is a weekly event at the University of Notre Dame to build community among faculty and students doing research related to NLP and to build ties with NLP researchers at other universities.

Our faculty sponsors are David Chiang, Meng Jiang, Collin McMillan, John Lalor, Toby Li, Walter Scheirer, and Tim Weninger. Our amazing student organizers are Abigail Swenor, Chihiro Taguchi, Kezia Oketch, Ningzhi Tang, and Noah Ziems.

Meetings are usually on Mondays at 12:30pm over lunch. Roughly once a month, we host outstanding researchers from other universities (faculty and grad students) and industry to present their work. Other weeks, a speaker from our own community presents a short and informal talk followed by extended Q&A and discussion.

Calendar

  • Ruiyang Qin

    Lunch at 12:30 pm, talk at 1 pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Zheyuan (Frank) Liu

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Anjishnu Mukherjee

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Andy Yang

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Chihiro Taguchi

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Meng Chen

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Aarohi Srivastava

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 252 Nieuwland Hall of Science

  • Georgina Curto Rex

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Ruyuan Wan

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Annalisa Szymanski

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Zhihan Zhang

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

    Title: Lessons We Learned Towards Instruction Tuning - Data, Training & Evaluation

    Abstract: Instruction-tuned language models have become popular recently due to their ability to solve any NLP task given a natural language instruction. Since the release of Llama and Alpaca models, a lot of research approaches have explored various key aspects of instruction tuning language models, including the data design, the training procedure and the evaluation protocol. In this presentation, I will briefly summarize some lessons we learned from instruction tuning papers in the past few months - what factors do researchers consider critical for tuning instruction-following models?

    Bio: Zhihan Zhang is a third-year PhD student from the DM2 lab at Notre Dame, under the supervision of Dr. Meng Jiang. His recent research mainly focuses on large language models and instruction tuning, and he also has research experience in knowledge-augmented NLP and text retrieval. He has published multiple papers at top-tier NLP venues like ACL, EMNLP and TACL.

  • Kezia Oketch

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Noah Ziems

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • David Chiang

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Aarohi Srivastava

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Diego Gómez-Zará

    Lunch at 12:30, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Kevin Scannell

    Lunch at 12:30pm, (virtual) talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Kai Zhang

    Lunch at 12:30pm, (virtual) talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Shuohang Wang

    Lunch at 12:30pm, (virtual) talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • John Lalor

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Sam Grieggs

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Shirley Anugrah Hayati

    Lunch at 12:30pm, (virtual) talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Simret Gebreegziabher

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Wenhao Yu

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • David Chiang

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Aakash Bansal

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Akiko Eriguchi (Microsoft)

    Lunch at 12:30pm, (in-person) talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Ruyuan Wan

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Joachim De Beule (Qualtrics)

    Lunch at 12:30pm, (remote) talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Sophie Hao (Yale + NYU)

    Lunch at 12:30pm, (in-person) talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Zhihan Zhang

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Mingxuan Ju

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Zheng Zhang

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Ken Sible

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Hua Shen (Penn State)

    Lunch at 12:30pm, (virtual) talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Chihiro Taguchi

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Stephen Bothwell

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Noah Ziems

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Meng Jiang

    Lunch at 12:30pm, (virtual) talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Allyson Ettinger

    Lunch at 12:30pm, (virtual) talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • David Chiang

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Yichong Xu

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • John Lalor

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Aakash Bansal

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Lingbo Tong

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Darcey Riley

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Manling Li (UIUC)

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Collin McMillan

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Mengxia Yu

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Lingfei Wu (JD.COM) - POSTPONED

    Lunch at 12:30pm, (virtual) talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Chenhao Tan (Univ. of Chicago)

    Lunch at 12:30pm, (virtual) talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Brian DuSell

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Sam Grieggs

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Ryan Cotterell (ETH Zurich)

    Lunch at 12:30pm, (virtual) talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Zack Eberhart

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Darcey Riley

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • He He (New York University)

    Lunch at 12:30pm, (virtual) talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Wenhao Yu

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Lu Wang (University of Michigan)

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in Hesburgh Library, Scholars Lounge

  • Stephen Bothwell

    Lunch at 12:30pm, talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

  • Alan Ritter (Georgia Tech)

    Lunch at 12:30pm, (virtual) talk at 1pm, in 148 Fitzpatrick

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