Hadas Kotek

office location: Cambridge, MA
email: hkotek at alum.mit.edu

I am a Linguist working at Apple. I am a member of the Natural Language data science team for Siri Understanding. I have expertise in managing all aspects of data collection and analysis efforts for various NLP tasks at scale, including onboarding and training annotators; designing annotation tasks and tools; data sampling; analyzing data for accuracy, consistency, and efficiency; error analysis; implementing improvements to ontology, task design, and annotator training; and reporting to stakeholders. Most recently, my focus has been on data generation, robustness, and safety of Large Language Models. In Fall 2023, I taught a seminar on LLMs at MIT.

I continue to engage in research as a Research Affiliate at MIT linguistics, with a focus on LLM safety and efficient data collection. My academic research focused on different aspects of the syntax-semantics interface, using both traditional and experimental methods. I mainly worked on A-bar phenomena, including wh-questions, focus constructions, relative clauses and free relatives, ellipsis, wh-indefinites, (focus) intervention effects, and comparatives and superlatives. I additionally have an ongoing interest in studying and contributing to equity in the field.

I received my PhD in Linguistics from MIT in 2014, with a dissertation on the syntax, semantics, and processing of questions. Prior to joining Apple, I was a Lecturer in Semantics at Yale and a Visiting Assistant Professor in Syntax at NYU, and I have held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at McGill University.

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