Tech Talk: Kazoo Sone, Google

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
HFH 1132
Tech Talk: Kazoo Sone, Google
Kazoo Sone
Wiliam Wang

Host: William Wang


Schedule of Events:


            12:00 – 3:00 PM                    Office Hours (catering provided)     HFH 1132                RSVP


            3:30 – 4:30 PM                      Lecture                                               ESB 2001



Title: Applying ML & NLP at Google


Abstract: Building and applying a machine-learning model at Google comes with interesting challenges. For example, even though it may be contrary to intuition, we don’t always have sufficient amount of labeled data to train strong supervised learning models. Or, even when the model quality is good enough for a product requirement, it may not meet our serving requirements. In this talk we will share some of these challenges & experiences from quality improvements in Search Ads products.


We will also discuss our recent paper (“Interpretable Neural Architectures for Attributing an Ad’s Performance to its Writing Style”), presented at an EMNLP workshop (Analyzing and Interpreting Neural Networks for NLP) about how we can use neural networks to understand ad performance and attribute it to advertising text. It is an interesting open NLP research problem to understand what words influence our decision making, and we hope that this line of research will lead to better ad copywriting in the future.


Bio: Kazoo Sone is a software engineer for Google. Since he joined Google in 2011, he has led several machine learning & natural language processing projects for Search Ads and Research. He earned his Ph.D in Aeronautics with minors in Applied Math & Computer Science from Caltech.



Everyone welcome!