Cornell University

During the spring semester, in-person concerts, events and lectures that involve outside guests will not be held, per the university’s COVID-19 travel and visitor policy.

This is a past event. Its details are archived for historical purposes.

The contact information may no longer be valid.

Please visit our current events listings to look for similar events by title, location, or venue.

LMSS @ Cornell Tech: Kyunghyun Cho (NYU/Facebook AI Research)

Friday, March 6, 2020 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Cornell Tech, Bloomberg Center, Room 061

Learning Machines Seminar Series

What: LMSS @ Cornell Tech: Kyunghyun Cho (NYU/Facebook AI Research)
When: Friday, March 6th, 12:15 p.m. (lunch served at 12pm)
Where: Room 061, Bloomberg Center, Cornell Tech (map)


"Inconsistency of a recurrent language model: a question i forgot to ask in 2014"

In this talk, I will go back to the basic of neural sequence modeling and ask the glaringly obvious question I forgot to ask in 2014; "is density estimation a good strategy for sequence generation?" I try to give my initial stab at belatedly answering this question by empirically investigating the discrepancy between density estimation and sequence generation, studying the effectiveness of two distinct approaches to neural sequence modeling (Lee, Tran, Firat & Cho, 2020 under review), and by theoretically studying the inconsistency of incomplete decoding in a recurrent language model (Welleck, Kulikov, Kim, Pang & Cho, 2020 under review). I will conclude the talk by discussing some lessons I have learned during the past half a year trying to answer this question.



Kyunghyun Cho is an associate professor of computer science and data science at New York University, a research scientist at Facebook AI Research and a CIFAR Associate Fellow. He was a postdoctoral fellow at University of Montreal until summer 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Yoshua Bengio, and received PhD and MSc degrees from Aalto University early 2014 under the supervision of Prof. Juha Karhunen, Dr. Tapani Raiko and Dr. Alexander Ilin. He tries his best to find a balance among machine learning, natural language processing, and life, but almost always fails to do so. 

Google Calendar iCal Outlook
Event Type



Cornell Tech - NYC


CornellTech, CornellTechLMSS, CornellTechCommunity, CornellTechResearch



Contact E-Mail

Contact Name

Angy Altamirano


Kyunghyun Cho

Speaker Affiliation

New York University

Disability Access Information

Available Upon Request

Recent Activity