Peter West

he/him | github | LinkedIn | pawest at cs dot washington dot edu

I'm a graduate student at the Paul G. Allen School for Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. I work with Yejin Choi on natural language processing.

My current research is focussed on unsupervised modelling and learning. Broadly, I would like to find elegant and principled paths to understanding language.

Previously, I recieved my B.Sc. in Honors Computer Science from the University of British Columbia. I have had the unique opportunity to do research in a wide range of fields, including: microbiology with Mike Ellison, microfluidic sensing with Al Meldrum, computational biology with Sara Mostafavi and machine learning with Pedro Domingos.


Natural Language Processing

BottleSum: Self-Supervised and Unsupervised Sentence Summarization using the Information Bottleneck Principle
Peter West, Ari Holtzman, Jan Buys, Yejin Choi. EMNLP 2019 [In Press] [paper] [project page]