Vésteinn Snæbjarnarson

Vésteinn Snæbjarnarson

NLP Researcher

Miðeind ehf

University of Iceland

Biography

Vésteinn Snæbjarnarson is a researcher in Natural Language Processing. In the last couple of years his work has focused on question answering, neural machine translation and language modeling with down stream tasks. Currently he is most interested in natural language understanding and investigating the logical and causal reasoning capabilities of language models. He works at Miðeind ehf, an Icelandic language technology startup focusing on keeping Icelandic relevant as natural language is increasingly used to interface our devices. He is also a member of the Natural Language processing lab at the University of Iceland.

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Interests
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Reasoning capabilities of language models
Education
  • MSc in Computer Science, 2021

    University of Iceland

  • BA in Philosophy, 2012

    University of Iceland

  • BSc in Mathematics, 2011

    University of Iceland

Experience

 
 
 
 
 
Miðeind ehf
CTO
Oct 2019 – Present Reykjavik

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing language technology solutions for Icelandic
    • Language models with down-stream classification tasks
    • Machine translation
    • Question Answering
  • Training models on large clusters
  • Project management
 
 
 
 
 
University of Iceland
Lecturer
Sep 2021 – Present Reykjavik
Teaching a masters level course on NLP using neural networks in autumn 2021.
 
 
 
 
 
Trackwell
Senior Developer
Jan 2018 – Sep 2019 Reykjavik
Modernized and improved a human resource management tool for the Icelandic labour market.
 
 
 
 
 
Cooori
Developer / PM / CTO
Jun 2012 – Apr 2017 Reykjavik, Stockholm, Tokyo
Developed, designed and oversaw a platform for teaching languages online. Started as a developer in Iceland, ended up moving to Tokyo and taking on the role of CTO.
 
 
 
 
 
University of Iceland
Research Assistant
Apr 2010 – Aug 2012 Reykjavik
Bioinformatician supporting PhD students in biology, worked on assemby, annotation and analysis of genomic data.