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.

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.

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.

Reviewing (2020): ACL, EMNLP, NeurIPS, TACL.