Hello! I am an Applied Scientist at Amazon studying information retrieval and product search, and former Ph.D student in the School of Computer Science and Informatics at Cardiff University, co-advised by Jose-camacho Collados and Steven Schockaert. During my PhD, I studied relational knowledge representation in language model and application of language models in tasks such as named-entity recognition (eg. T-NER, TweetNER7) and question generation (eg. AutoQG). I also studied NLP on social media, and I am a part of TweetNLP, where I am developing the core library.
Aside from my role at Amazon, I am collaborating with Kotoba-technologies for research on bilingual speech foundation model of Japanese and English.

Representative Papers (see full publication):

  • Asahi Ushio, Jose Camacho-Collados, and Steven Schockaert
    Distilling Relation Embeddings from Pre-trained Language Models
    Proceedings of EMNLP 2021 Main Conference [pdf] [code] [slide] [acl anthology] [arxiv] [demo]
  • Asahi Ushio, Luis Espinosa-Anke, Steven Schockaert, and Jose Camacho-Collados
    BERT is to NLP what AlexNet is to CV: Can Pre-Trained Language Models Identify Analogies?
    Proceedings of ACL-IJCNLP 2021 Main Conference [pdf] [code] [slide] [acl anthology] [arxiv]

Open Source Projects:

  • T-NER: A python library to facilitate named-entity-recognition fine-tuning, evaluation, and inference via API.
  • AutoQG: Web application to run multi-lingual question generation models.
  • TweetNLP: A python library of comprehensive NLP solutions tailored for Twitter.
  • KEX: A python library of modern graph-based keyphrase extraction.

In 2023, I did a research internship at Google Research working on MusicLM team supervised by Andrea Agostinelli. In 2021, I did research internships at Amazon supervised by Danushka Bollegala, and Snapchat co-supervised by Francesco Barbieri, VĂ­tor Silva Sousa, and Leonardo Neves. Before joining Cardiff University, I had been a full-time research engineer at Cogent Labs from 2018 to 2020. Aside from NLP, I spend some time on the research of computational art (WikiART Face).