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Bio

I am a fourth-year PhD student in artificial intelligence at the University of Washington. My advisor is Yejin Choi. I work in the UW Natural Language Processing group.

My current research focuses on: (1) machine learning approaches for acquiring physical commonsense knowledge, (2) language understanding in grounded settings like computer vision and robotics.

I am currently a part-time student researcher at Google AI, and am a TA for the UW winter 2019 natural language processing graduate course (CSE 517). I am a 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellow.

Publications

Conference proceedings

Learning to Write with Cooperative Discriminators
Ari Holtzman, Jan Buys, Maxwell Forbes, Antoine Bosselut, David Golub, and Yejin Choi
In Proceedings of the 56th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) 2018
[pdf] [code] [examples]

 

Verb Physics: Relative Physical Knowledge of Actions and Objects
Maxwell Forbes, Yejin Choi
In Proceedings of the 55th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) 2017
[pdf] [project] [code] [data] [slides]

 

Robot Programming by Demonstration with Situated Spatial Language Understanding
Maxwell Forbes, Rajesh P. N. Rao, Luke Zettlemoyer, Maya Cakmak
In IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2015
[pdf] [video]

 

Robot Programming by Demonstration with Crowdsourced Action Fixes
Maxwell Forbes, Michael Jae-Yoon Chung, Maya Cakmak, Rajesh P. N. Rao
In AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP) 2014
[pdf] [slides]

 

Accelerating Imitation Learning through Crowdsourcing
Michael Jae-Yoon Chung, Maxwell Forbes, Maya Cakmak, Rajesh P. N. Rao
In IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2014
[pdf] [press: Popular Science] [press: IEEE Spectrum] [press: Wired UK]

 

Peer-reviewed workshops

Programming by Demonstration with Situated Semantic Parsing
Yoav Artzi*, Maxwell Forbes*, Kenton Lee*, Maya Cakmak
In AAAI Fall Symposium Series on Human-Robot Interaction 2014
[pdf] [slides]

 

Grounding Antonym Adjective Pairs through Interaction
Maxwell Forbes, Michael Chung, Maya Cakmak, Luke Zettlemoyer, Rajesh P. N. Rao
In ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Workshop on Asymmetric Interactions 2014
[pdf] [slides]