The Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies (LABUST) is excited to invite students and all interested parties on Tuesday, 16th of July at 11:30 in lecture hall B5 to a special lecture by a renowned scientist, Associate Professor at BerkeleyGasper Begus. This event will delve into the cutting-edge topic of AI interpretability, a new frontier in AI research that holds promise for advancing our understanding of both artificial intelligence and human cognition.

Interpretability is the new frontier in AI research. Understanding how generative models learn and how they resemble or differ from humans can not only provide insights for the study of human language and cognition, but can also facilitate discovery of novel patterns in diverse fields. In this talk, I outline a more realistic model of human language acquisition and introduce an AI interpretability technique that allows us to establish a causal relationship between individual neurons and linguistically meaningful properties. Using the proposed technique, we can compare and evaluate artificial and biological neural processing of language. Additionally, I show that AI interpretability techniques can facilitate scientific discovery by uncovering previously unrecognized patterns in complex data types. I will argue that sperm whales have analogues to human vowels. This discovery was predicted, but not fully described, by the proposed AI interpretability technique. I will also show that the co-called coda vowels feature several behavioral parallels with human vowels, such as coarticulation and prominence in sub-coda structure.
Bio: Gasper Begus ( is an Associate Professor at the Department of Linguistics at UC Berkeley where he directs the Berkeley Speech and Computation Lab. He is also the Linguistics Lead at Project CETI and a Member of Berkeley's Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences. His research combines machine learning and statistical modeling with neuroimaging and behavioral experiments to better understand how deep neural networks learn internal representations and how humans learn to speak. 
Autor: Marko Barišić
Gašper Beguš - Causal AI interpretability and sperm whale communication system
16. srpnja 2024. 11:30  -  12:30
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