AI Seminar Series 2024: Spencer von der Ohe

The AI Seminar is a weekly meeting at the University of Alberta where researchers interested in artificial intelligence (AI) can share their research. Presenters include both local speakers from the University of Alberta and visitors from other institutions. Topics can be related in any way to artificial intelligence, from foundational theoretical work, to innovative applications of AI techniques, to new fields and problems.

On Jan 26, Spencer von der Ohe —a PhD student at the University of Alberta — presented “Exploring Methods for Generating and Evaluating Skill Targeted Reading Comprehension Questions" at the AI Seminar.

There have been many methods proposed to generate reading comprehension questions. However, few allow specific skills to be targeted and there is still a gap in quality between automatically generated and manually created questions. To narrow this gap, von der Ohe presents SoftSkillQG, a new soft-prompt based language model for generating skill-targeted reading comprehension questions that does not require manual effort to target new skills. In this presentation, he explores the strengths of SoftSkillQG and how its weaknesses can be addressed.

Watch the full presentation below:

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