When ChatGPT 3 was released in fall 2022, it brought the concept of generative artificial intelligence (AI) and large language models (LLMs) to the mainstream with a bang. But for Rebecca Hwa, now professor and department chair of computer science at the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science, the discourse was finally catching up with her interests. Hwa has been researching natural language processing (NLP), the mechanism by which computer programs interpret and replicate human language, for decades.
“I have been interested for a long time in the question of how we make computers understand the way people talk—the ability to communicate to a computer as if it were another person, which used to take a bit of imagination because it sounded a little bit sci-fi,” Hwa said with a laugh. “But these days everybody's doing it.”
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