Apple Scholarship in AI – to PhD student Hadas Orgad
Doctoral student Hadas Orgad from the Henry and Marilyn Taub Faculty of Computer Science at the Technion recently received the Apple Scholars in AI/ML PhD fellowship. The fellowship is committed to supporting the academic research community by amplifying emerging leaders in their field and their cutting-edge machine learning research.
Orgad completed her bachelor’s degree (2019) at the Taub Faculty of Computer Science, with summa cum laude honors. She then pursued a master’s degree in the field of natural language processing, under the supervision of Assistant Professor Yonatan Belinkov. For her work during her master’s degree, Orgad was awarded the Google Scholarship for Women in Computer Science. During her graduate studies, Orgad worked at Microsoft, where she researched artificial intelligence methods for cyber defense. She then proceeded to a direct Ph.D. path as a full-time student.
“Natural language processing systems demonstrate impressive abilities, but they still suffer from various problems, such as failures on out-of-distribution examples and social biases,” said Orgad. “Since these systems are expected to integrate into many aspects of our lives, we would like to understand them better and make sure that they behave in the way we want. My research attempts to provide an answer to these problems by ‘opening the black box’, which is the large neural network: to understand what causes the unwanted behaviors – and correct them accordingly.”