I am Neeraja Kirtane. I am a MSCS student at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. I am currently working with Prof. Hao Peng. Previously I was Post Baccalaureate fellow at RBCDSAI, IITM Chennai. I completed my undergraduate studies in Computer Science and Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology in Manipal, Karnataka, India.
My research interests lie in NLP and Graph Deep Learning. I am specifically interested in Fairness in NLP as well working on low resource and gendered languages in NLP. I believe in socially aware and ethically responsible AI systems.
I worked with Dr Balaraman Ravindran and Dr Rajashree Baskaran on the project Hidden Voices. This is an open-source project with the initial goal of building intelligent tools to aid in adding 10,000 women’s biography drafts to Wikipedia. Its aim is to make a positive impact on gender representation among digital sources and to reduce the gender data gap. Previously, I have worked on finding out occupational stereotypes and mitigating the bias in Hindi and Marathi language models.
I am currently looking for internships for summer 2024 in the field of Machine Learning and NLP.