Aaron Steven White

What I do

I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Rochester, with secondary appointments in the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and an affiliation with the Goergen Institute for Data Science. I’m also Director of the FACTS.lab at UR, and I co-lead the MegaAttitude Project and the Decompositional Semantic Initiative with Ben Van Durme and Kyle Rawlins.

How to find me

Email aaron.white@rochester.edu
Github aaronstevenwhite
Twitter aaronsteven
Office 511A Lattimore Hall

Recent publications

White, A. S., R. Rudinger, K. Rawlins, & B. Van Durme. 2018. Lexicosyntactic Inference in Neural Models. Proceedings of the 2018 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing, Brussels, Belgium, October 31-November 4, 2018.

Poliak, A., A. Haldar, R. Rudinger, J.E. Hu, E. Pavlick, A. S. White, & B. Van Durme. 2018. Collecting Diverse Natural Language Inference Problems for Sentence Representation Evaluation. Proceedings of 2018 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing, Brussels, Belgium, October 31-November 4, 2018.

Rudinger, R., A. S. White, & B. Van Durme. 2018. Neural Models of Factuality. In Proceedings of the 2018 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, pages 731–744, New Orleans, LA, June 1 – June 6, 2018.

White, A. S. & K. Rawlins. 2018. The role of veridicality and factivity in clause selection. To appear in the Proceedings of the 48th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society.

Recent and upcoming presentations

White, A. S., R. Rudinger, K. Rawlins, & B. Van Durme. 2018. Lexicosyntactic Inference in Neural Models. Talk given at the 2018 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing, Brussels, Belgium, October 31-November 4, 2018.

Poliak, A., A. Haldar, R. Rudinger, J.E. Hu, E. Pavlick, A. S. White, & B. Van Durme. 2018. Towards a Unified Natural Language Inference Framework to Evaluate Sentence Representations. Talk given at the 2018 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing, Brussels, Belgium, October 31-November 4, 2018.

White, A. S. 2018. Distribution, Inference, and Event Structure. Colloquium talk given at Stanford University, October 12, 2018.

White, A. S. & K. Rawlins. 2018. The typology of veridicality inferences. Talk given at the 49th annual meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, Cornell University, October 5-7, 2018.

Rudinger, R., A. S. White, & B. Van Durme. 2018. Neural Models of Factuality. Talk given at the 2018 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, New Orleans, LA, June 1 – June 6, 2018.

Where I’ve been

I received my BA in Linguistics from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2009, followed by a year in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland as a Baggett Fellow. I went on to receive my PhD in Linguistics from the University of Maryland in 2015. My dissertation, Information and Incrementality in Syntactic Bootstrapping, was co-advised by Valentine Hacquard and Jeff Lidz.

From 2015 to 2017, I was a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s Science of Learning Institute with affiliations in the Department of Cognitive Science and the Center for Language and Speech Processing. While at Hopkins, I worked on the JHU Decompositional Semantics Initiative (Decomp), led by Ben Van Durme and Kyle Rawlins, and I led the MegaAttitude Project with Kyle Rawlins.