Mourad Heddaya


I am a third-year PhD student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago studying natural language processing. I am advised by Chenhao Tan and am a member of the Chicago Human+AI lab.

My research interests include building and evaluating the abilities of NLP systems, such as language models, to model messy, complex, and unusual real-world data. Lately, I've been working on identifying and modeling the spread and impact of economic narratives. Over the summer, I'm interning at AWS AI Labs working on developing more efficient methods for LLM alignment. Most recently, I've worked on understanding how language shapes bilateral bargaining.

I received my bachelor's degree in informatics at the University of Washington. After graduating, I spent a couple years as a member of Noah Smith's research group, Noah's ARK.

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You can usually find me on campus in John Crerar Library (JCL)