Maarten Sap is a postdoc/young investigator at the Allen Institute for AI (AI2) on project MOSAIC, and will join CMU's LTI department as an assistant professor in Fall 2022. His research focuses on making NLP systems socially intelligent, and understanding social inequality and bias in language. He has presented his work in top-tier NLP and AI conferences, receiving a best short paper nomination at ACL 2019 and a best paper award at the WeCNLP 2020 summit. Additionally, he and his team won the inaugural 2017 Amazon Alexa Prize, a social chatbot competition.
He received his PhD from the University of Washington's Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering where he was advised by Yejin Choi and Noah Smith. In the past, he has interned at the Allen Institute for AI working on social commonsense reasoning, and at Microsoft Research working on deep learning models for understanding human cognition.