Suzan Verberne – New Professor of Natural Language Processing aim to combine language models with search engines

Suzan Verberne

From 1 October. Verberne has been appointed professor at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) where she worked as group leader of the Text Mining and Retrieval group since 2017.

Natural Language Processing (NLP) is the field of artificial intelligence that aims to enable computers to understand, interpret and generate human language in a way that is meaningful and contextually relevant. NLP has taken off in recent years with the development of large language models, the best-known example of which is chatGPT. These language models can generate fluent texts and bring many opportunities and challenges in research and practice.

Future challenges

“Large language models like chatGPT are now used by almost everyone for many different purposes: writing aids, programming aids, creative assistants, and to search and interpret information,” Verberne says. “It is therefore important to conduct research on these models: how can we ensure that the text they produce is factually correct and free of bias and toxicity? How can we build reliable and transparent chatbots with large language models, and how can we adapt them to specific areas without using large amounts of computing power? These are important questions in my group’s current research.’

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