Dipendra Misra

Doctoral Student,
Department of Computer Science,
Cornell University
Advisor: Yoav Artzi

Addr: Cornell Tech
111 8th Ave #302
New York, NY 10011
dkm@cs.cornell.edu

I am very excited to be working this summer with Ming-Wei Chang at Microsoft Research Redmond.

Update: Tutorial on Markov Decision Process Theory and Reinforcement Learning [Part 1] [Part 2] [Blog]

Research and Publication

Research Interest: Situated Natural Language Understanding, Semantics, Semantic Parsing, Dialogue Modelling, Reinforcement learning.

I develop machine learning models for mapping natural language to meaning representations (e.g., Misra et al. 2016). I am particularly interested in natural language grounding problems e.g., robot natural language understanding (Misra et al. 2014, 2015a, 2015b), conversation modeling etc.


Conference:

Neural Shift-Reduce CCG Semantic Parsing, Dipendra K. Misra and Yoav Artzi (EMNLP 16)
Punchline: We present the first published shift-reduce parser for CCG semantic parsing. Our novel learning algorithm considers learning without annotated parse trees, with type constraints and complex categories.
[Paper] [Supplementary] [Code]

Environment-driven lexicon induction for high-level instructions, Dipendra K. Misra, Kejia Tao, Percy Liang, Ashutosh Saxena (ACL 15)
Punchline: Learning new concepts and meaning of new verbs at test time using environment as an implicit signal.
[Paper] [Supplementary] [Code] [Data] [Live Demos] [Bibtex]

Tell Me Dave: Context-Sensitive Grounding of Natural Language to Manipulation Instructions, Dipendra K. Misra, Jaeyong Sung, Kevin K. Lee, Ashutosh Saxena (RSS 14)
Punchline: Grounding language to actions with application on PR2 robot. Learn from users playing with simulations.
[Paper] [Website] [Bibtex]

Journal:

Tell Me Dave: Context-Sensitive Grounding of Natural Language to Manipulation Instructions, Dipendra K. Misra, Jaeyong Sung, Kevin K. Lee, Ashutosh Saxena, IJRR 15
[Paper] [Website] [Bibtex]


Other reports, articles etc.

Robo Brain: Large-Scale Knowledge Engine for Robots, Ashutosh Saxena, Ashesh Jain, Ozan Sener, Aditya Jami, Dipendra K. Misra, Hema S Koppula, (ISRR 15)
Punchline: We introduce a knowledge engine, which learns and shares knowledge representations, for robots to carry out a variety of tasks.
[Paper] [Website] [Bibtex]

Bio and Employment

Honours

  • Amazon AWS Research Grant (2016)
  • Cornell University Fellowship (2013)
  • 2nd rank in the 2013 graduating B-Tech batch of IIT Kanpur
  • OPJEMS Merit scholarship (2011-12 and 2012-13)
  • Invited to present a lecture in the 2012 Annual Meet of Calcutta Logic Circle celebrating the Alan Turing year
  • Invited to speak at the 10th Indo-German Winter Academy on High Performance Computing
  • Academic Excellence Award (2009-10 and 2010-11)
  • Was ranked 156th in first attempt out of 3,50,000+ students who appeared in JEE 2009
  • Certificate of merit in National Standard Examination in Physics 2007(State Level)

Hobbies

I like spending some time as an amateur pianist (some of my Chopin recordings- Ballade 1 Op 23 [Part 1/2], Valse Op 64 2, Raindrop Prelude, Valse Op 34 2, Posthumous Valse A minor, Nocturne 20 C# Minor), reading, writing and composing my thoughts. I like reading about history and politics.