Aaron Mueller

Aaron Mueller

PhD student in Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University, affiliated with the Center for Language and Speech Processing. Visiting researcher at the Center for Data Science at New York University.

Advisors: Tal Linzen and Mark Dredze.

Email: x@jhu.edu, where x=amueller


Hi, I'm Aaron! I help computers interact with natural human language.

My research focuses on improving language technologies. In particular, I work on multilingual natural language processing (NLP) interpretability and applications. My work focuses on understanding what pre-training teaches language models and sequence-to-sequence models about language; I design multilingual causal and behavioral probing methods and datasets to investigate this. My industry research tends to focus on designing (continued) pre-training and fine-tuning methods for improving few-shot performance on various downstream NLP tasks, including question answering, text classification, and machine translation. I also enjoy syntax, morphology, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, and psycholinguistics—and especially the interface between them. I'm supported in my PhD studies by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship.

I completed my B.S. in computer science and B.S. in linguistics at the University of Kentucky (UK), where I was a Gaines Fellow and Patterson Scholar. My thesis, which focused on neural machine translation for Canadian French, was advised by Ramakanth Kavuluru. Additional research at UK included predicting student grades with deep learning (advisors: Nathan Jacobs and Craig Rudick), diachronic corpus linguistic/sociolinguistic analyses of gender (advisor: Mark Richard Lauersdorf), and endangered language preservation—primarily San Juan Quiahije Chatino (advisors: Hilaria Cruz and Raphael Finkel).



Presenting a paper at CoNLL! See you in Abu Dhabi!

2022/05 – 2022/09

Interned at Meta Research in Menlo Park


Presented two papers at ACL 2022 (one main conference, one in Findings)

2021/08 – 2022/05

Joined NYU for the academic year as a visiting researcher


Presented a paper at ACL


Presented a paper at NAACL


Defended my thesis proposal! ABD!

2021/05 – 2021/08

Joined Amazon as an applied scientist for the summer


Invited talk at Google


Invited talk at Mila

Interests & Hobbies

In my (these-days limited) free time, I enjoy:

  • Writing, playing, and producing music (guitar, bass, banjo, synthesizer)
  • Learning interesting language varieties:
  • Québec culture
  • Exploring big cities
  • Dancing — swing, vogue, contra
  • Cooking — Thai, French, German, Danish, Southern