The Penn State Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence (CSRAI) has announced the results of its most recent seed funding competition. The center awarded over $105,000 to five interdisciplinary research projects that feature teams of researchers representing six colleges and campuses. One of the projects received additional funding of $15,000 in services from Penn State’s Institute for Computational & Data Sciences.
LinDiv Faculty Rebecca Passonneau, College of Engineering, was awarded funding for the proposal, "Bridging the Linguistic Divide: Evaluating and Enhancing Large Language Models (LLMs) for Code-mixed Language Processing" (Diversity Track).
This proposal aims to answer how well state-of-the-art large language models can handle code-mixed data and how their performance compares to Natural Language Processing (NLP) methods that are explicitly designed to handle code-mixed text. This project is jointly funded by the Institute of Computational and Data Sciences.
- Amulya Yadav, College of Information Sciences and Technology
- Rebecca Passonneau, College of Engineering
- Ritu Jayakar, College of the Liberal Arts
Dongwon Lee, College of Information Sciences and Technology, a faculty advisor to students in the LinDiv program was awarded funding for the proposal, "Mitigating Linguistic Discrimination of LLM's in Assessing English Learning".
This project proposes to investigate and understand linguistic discrimination arising from LLM-generated automated writing assessments which may favor standard English writing over other English dialects spoken by African American or Hispanic students in the US or by people in other English-speaking countries.
- Dongwon Lee, College of Information Sciences and Technology
- ChanMin Kim, College of Education
The Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence, which launched in 2020, promotes high-impact, transformative AI research and development, while encouraging the consideration of social and ethical implications in all such efforts. It supports a broad range of activities from foundational research to the application of AI to all areas of human endeavor. More information can be found on the CSRAI website.