I am a second year PhD Student at the Center for Data Science at New York University where I am advised by Prof. He He. My research is broadly in the field of natural language processing and machine learning. I’m currently working on text generation for creative writing tasks and in interactive settings.

Prior to this, I completed my MS in Computer Science at NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences during which I was a Graduate Research Associate at the Center for Social Media and Politics working on political stance classification and multimodel content sharing in online disinformation campaigns. I also interned at LAER.AI in New York City where I did some work on unstructured document retrieval and active learning.

I did my undergrad at the National Institute of Technology - Karnataka where my thesis was advised by Prof. Sowmya Kamath.

Here’s my CV and Google Scholar page. Head over to my personal blog for more light hearted content. All the other relevant links are in the footer.


Machine-in-the-Loop Rewriting for Creative Image Captioning
Vishakh Padmakumar, He He
Novel Ideas in Learning-to-Learn through Interaction - Workshop @ EMNLP 2021

BBQ: A Hand-Built Bias Benchmark for Question Answering
Alicia Parrish, Angelica Chen, Nikita Nangia, Vishakh Padmakumar, Jason Phang, Jana Thompson, Phu Mon Htut, Samuel R. Bowman
Arxiv Preprint

Unsupervised Extractive Summarization with Mutual Information
Vishakh Padmakumar, He He
EACL 2021

A comparison of methods in political science text classification: Transfer learning language models for politics
Zhanna Terechshenko, Fridolin Linder, Vishakh Padmakumar, Michael Liu, Jonathan Nagler, Josh Tucker, Richard Bonneau

Multi-Modal Content Similarities in Online Disinformation Campaigns
Cody Buntain, Vishakh Padmakumar, Richard Bonneau, Jonathan Nagler, Josh Tucker
ACM Conference on Collective Intelligence, 2020

A Robust Approach to Open Vocabulary Image Retrieval with Deep Convolutional Neural Networks and Transfer Learning
Vishakh Padmakumar, Rishab Ranga, Srivalya Elluru, Sowmya Kamath S.
2018 Pacific Neighborhood Consortium Annual Conference and Joint Meetings (PNC), IEEE

Other Projects

Counterfactual Logit Pairing with Asymmetric Counterfactuals in Text Classification
Lucius Bynum, Vishakh Padmakumar

Transfer of Reinforcement Learning in a Natural Language Action Space
Vishakh Padmakumar, Francesco Preta