Experience

Alana

Research Engineer • Jun, 2020 — present

End-to-end dialogue system research

Microsoft Research Montréal

Research Intern • Jul, 2019 — Oct, 2019

Dialog System Technology Challenge (DSTC) 8 Fast Domain Adaptation, best performing system as per human evaluation

Microsoft Research AI

Research Intern • Jun, 2018 — Sep, 2018

Improving robustness of goal-oriented dialog systems in an unsupervised way

Yandex

Software Engineer • Aug, 2013 — Sep, 2016

Voice interfaces for applications, dialogue platform • Voice analytics for callcenters, search engine for voice data • Russian National Corpus, search engine for linguistic research

Yandex Data Analysis School / Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

Teaching Assistant • Sep, 2013 — Jun, 2015

Natural Language Processing course

Microsoft Research

Research Intern • May, 2014 — Aug, 2014

Query optimization for a term-distributed search engine

Yandex

Junior Software Engineer • May, 2012 — Aug, 2013

Search engine for the Russian National Corpus

Yandex

Software Engineer Intern • Jun, 2011 — Dec, 2011

N-gram search for the Russian National Corpus

Intel

Software Engineer Intern • Jun, 2010 — Aug, 2010

Enhancing the methodology to access the bottom boundary of software pipelined cycle execution time as the application of an algorithm for finding a maximum cycle in a directed graph, a research project in Intel C++ Compiler for Itanium architectures

Moscow State University of Instrument Engineering and Computer Science

Software Engineer • May, 2006 — Sep, 2012

A software suite for the reliability estimation of the equipment used in nuclear energetics

Education

Heriot-Watt University

PhD, Computer Science • 2016 — 2020

  • James Watt Scholarship
  • Amazon Alexa Prize 2017 (part of the team What's Up Bot) — research grant + 3rd place prize
  • Amazon Alexa Prize 2018 (part of the team Alana) — research grant + 3rd place prize

Thesis title: Data-Efficient Methods for Dialogue Systems.
Supervisors: Prof Oliver Lemon, Dr Arash Eshghi.
Examiners: Dr Andreas Vlachos, Dr Ioannis Konstas

Yandex Data Analysis School / Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

MSc equiv., Computer Science • 2010 — 2012

Professional re-training in Data Science and Computer Science

Moscow State University of Instrument Engineering and Computer Science

Specialist (MSc equiv.), Computer Science • 2005 — 2010

  • with distinction (GPA 5.0)

Thesis title: Cell generation module for Prognosis software suite

Recognition

1st place prize

Dialogue System Technology Challenge 8 • 2019

DSTC8, Multi-Domain Task Completion Challenge Track, Fast Domain Adaptation Task. Best performing system as per human evaluation

Student Travel Scholarship

EMNLP-IJCNLP • 2019

A grant towards presenting at EMNLP-IJCNLP 2019 conference

Student Travel Scholarship

SCAI@EMNLP • 2018

A grant towards presenting at Search-Oriented Conversational AI (EMNLP 2018 workshop) from conference sponsors - Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and TextKernel

3rd place prize + research grant

Amazon Alexa Prize • 2018

As part of Heriot-Watt team, I participated in the development of Alana 2.0, an ensemble-based socialbot augmented with entity linking

3rd place prize + research grant

Amazon Alexa Prize • 2017

As part of Heriot-Watt team, I participated in the development of Alana, an ensemble-based bot for social conversation with neural reponse ranking

James Watt Scholarship

Heriot-Watt University • 2016

An award towards pursuing a PhD degree

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