Varun Iyer


I am a second-year Computer Science PhD student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am currently researching NLP with Professor Cornelia Caragea. I completed my master’s at Johns Hopkins, where I was involved in NLP research with Professor Benjamin van Durme at the Center for Language and Speech Processing. I also did NLP research during my undergrad at UMass Amherst under the supervision of Professor Andrew McCallum. Additionally, I have done research internships at Amazon Alexa AI and at the University of Southern California.

selected publications

  1. ParaAMR: A Large-Scale Syntactically Diverse Paraphrase Dataset by AMR Back-Translation
    Kuan-Hao HuangVarun Iyer, I-Hung Hsu, Anoop KumarKai-Wei Chang, and Aram Galstyan
    In Proceedings of the 61st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), 2023
  2. Unsupervised Syntactically Controlled Paraphrase Generation with Abstract Meaning Representations
    In Findings of the Association for Computational Linguistics: EMNLP 2022 (EMNLP Findings), 2022