Jan Buys

Computer Science Building Room 314
Department of Computer Science, School of IT
University of Cape Town
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I am a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town. My research area is Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning. I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington, working with Yejin Choi. I completed my PhD at the University of Oxford, supervised by Phil Blunsom. Previously I completed a masters degree in Computer Science and undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.

Prospective students: If you are interested in doing a masters or PhD under my supervision, please email me a CV, academic transcript, a sample of academic writing, and a brief statement of your research interests.

My research focuses on natural language generation and structured prediction with neural networks. I work on approaches that discover structure in text, which can help us to understand better how language works, and to improve practical NLP applications. Research questions I am currently interested in include long-form text generation with large language models, incorporating world knowledge into language models, and mapping text to and from rich semantic representations.

Reviewing (2019): ICLR, NAACL, ICML, ACL, NeurIPS, INLG, CoNLL.