Google Research

Denny Zhou


My research goal is to develop a systematically generalizable language model and use it to implement a human-like conversational system. Such a language model is supposed to be able to really understand the semantics of natural language and have basic reasoning skills such that it can immediately solve simple tasks (straightforward for humans) only by observing their descriptions or several demonstration examples, that is, no tuning is needed. To achieve this goal, it is critical to rethink the two fundamental concepts "learning" and "generalization" in machine learning: (1) go beyond statistical learning to achieve knowledge-based learning; and (2) go beyond statistical generalization to achieve easy-to-hard generalization in dealing with reasoning tasks.

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