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Chris Toukmaji


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Chris Toukmaji

AI Research Intern @ NASA

NLP Research @ JLab

I'm an undergraduate Computer Science student at UC Santa Cruz working within the intersection of Deep Learning and Natural Language Processing. I am fortunate to be advised by Dr. Jeffrey Flanigan

My research interests include: (1) Interpretability, Explainability, and Robustness of large transformer-based language models, (2) Few-shot cross-lingual Transfer Learning, and (3) Efficient NLP. I'm currently investigating the adaptation of monolingual language models to unseen low-resource languages with prompt-based learning.

I've previously worked on: 

  • Retrieval Augmentation and Action-Based Agents at  NASA

  • Fraud Detection at  Capital One                          

  • Language Classification and Conversational AI at  SapientX 


In my free time, I enjoy working out and watching sports; I occasionally dabble in sports analytics research.


  • 2023-06-20: First day as an AI Research Intern at NASA!

  • 2023-06-17: Graduated Cum Laude and Highest Honors with a B.S. in Computer Science and a Minor in Statistics from UC Santa Cruz!

  • 2022-10-29: Best Paper @ CMSAC '22 in the Student Methodology track! 

  • 2022-10-04: One paper accepted at CMSAC '22. See you soon CMU!

  • 2022-06-13: First day at Capital One! Excited to work on interesting problems and explore San Francisco

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