Dario Stojanovski, Developer in Skopje, Macedonia
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Dario Stojanovski

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Natural Language Processing (NLP) Developer

Location
Skopje, Macedonia
Toptal Member Since
October 28, 2021

Dario is a recently graduated PhD in computer science at LMU Munich, where he worked on neural machine translation and natural language processing. He has seven years of experience in NLP and ML contributing to various international research projects while working at an ML company and performing his internship at Amazon Research. Dario is interested in artificial intelligence and machine learning projects with a particular focus on natural language processing, as this is the field he is keen on.

Portfolio

Loka
Python, PyTorch, Elasticsearch, Amazon Web Services (AWS)...
Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje
Python, PyTorch, Hugging Face Transformers, BERT, XLM-R
LMU Munich
Python, MXNet, PyTorch, Fairseq, Theano, Nematus, Transformers, Excel Macros...

Experience

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Ubuntu, MacOS, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), Git

The most amazing...

...project I've developed is a context-aware machine translation model, competitive with the production models during my internship time at Amazon.

Work Experience

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

2021 - PRESENT
Loka
  • Worked on developing proof-of-concept machine learning projects in NLP, computer vision, and speech processing.
  • Contributed to machine learning projects for clients in various industries.
  • Involved in writing project proposals and closely interacted with clients before and during project development.
Technologies: Python, PyTorch, Elasticsearch, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), React, JavaScript, Google Earth, Weights & Biases

NLP Researcher

2020 - 2021
Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje
  • Worked on multilingual NLP models for identifying social media posts indicating an ongoing wildfire.
  • Involved in researching and developing NLP models, data annotation, and deployment.
  • Successfully achieved predefined goals for model performance across all languages despite a significant lack of annotated data.
Technologies: Python, PyTorch, Hugging Face Transformers, BERT, XLM-R

Research Associate

2017 - 2020
LMU Munich
  • Worked on neural machine translation under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Alexander Fraser.
  • Contributed to context-aware and document-level NMT models to facilitate the integration of contextual information. Published papers on coreference resolution and coherence in context-aware NMT as well as its usefulness for domain adaptation.
  • Implemented state-of-the-art NMT models in Nematus, Sockeye, and Fairseq.
  • Worked on unsupervised NMT models. Participated in the last three WMT shared tasks on unsupervised translation and developed the best models in 2020.
  • Co-authored papers on efficient language model pretraining and fine-tuning for UNMT.
  • Supervised students working on their bachelor’s and master’s theses. Gave lectures in various classes and supervised students in several seminars.
Technologies: Python, MXNet, PyTorch, Fairseq, Theano, Nematus, Transformers, Excel Macros, Neural Machine Translation, Recurrent Neural Networks (RNNs), Long Short-term Memory (LSTM)

Applied Research Intern

2019 - 2019
Amazon.com
  • Worked at Amazon Alexa on a research project about context-aware NMT for Amazon Translate.
  • Developed various context-aware NMT models and conducted a range of experiments and thorough evaluations.
  • Wrote project proposals and project reports detailing the data preprocessing, model development, and evaluation.
Technologies: Python, MXNet, Amazon Translate

Software Engineer

2016 - 2017
3PDevelopment
  • Designed and implemented an API to facilitate the working of a mobile and a web application.
  • Implemented an accompanying web application according to specified designs.
  • Deployed the entire system in a production environment.
Technologies: C#, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, ASP.NET MVC, MongoDB, AngularJS

Junior Researcher

2014 - 2016
Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje
  • Worked as a junior researcher on the FP7 project MAESTRA.
  • Conducted research on sentiment analysis using deep learning techniques. Participated in the SemEval 2016 shared task on Twitter sentiment analysis with strong results across metrics.
  • Developed several applications using the proposed DL methods: sentiment analysis in news-related tweets and geo-graphical social hotspots and emotion analysis in sport-related and local government-related tweets.
Technologies: Python, Theano, Keras

PhD Thesis on Context-aware Neural Machine Translation

My PhD thesis consisting of a number of publications on using contextual information in neural machine translation.

The research proposes to improve state-of-the-art NMT models by including document-level information. The PhD thesis proposes several novel context-aware NMT models, how to better evaluate them, how to apply them for domain adaptation, and how to improve their training using curriculum learning inspired by how humans learn.

Unsupervised Neural Machine Translation

https://arxiv.org/abs/2010.13192#
An unsupervised NMT system proposed at the WMT 2020 shared task for translation between German and Upper Sorbian.

The project was a team effort that resulted in our model obtaining, by far, the best scores in the competition. The proposed system was based on state-of-the-art methods for unsupervised NMT, such as MASS pretraining and RE-LM fine-tuning, a state-of-the-art approach proposed by our team.
2017 - 2021

PhD in Computer Science

LMU Munich - Munich

2014 - 2016

Master's Degree in Software Engineering

Ss. Cyril and Methodius University - Skopje, Macedonia

2010 - 2014

Bachelor's Degree in Informatics and Computer Engineering

Ss. Cyril and Methodius University - Skopje, Macedonia

JANUARY 2014 - PRESENT

Machine Learning

Coursera

Libraries/APIs

PyTorch, Hugging Face Transformers, Keras, Theano, React

Tools

PyCharm, Git

Languages

Python, SQL, JavaScript, C#, HTML, CSS, Java

Frameworks

MXNet, ASP.NET MVC, AngularJS

Storage

Databases, MongoDB, MySQL, Elasticsearch

Platforms

Software Design Patterns, Ubuntu, MacOS, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Weights & Biases

Other

Machine Translation, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Transformers, Software, BERT, XLM-R, Excel Macros, Neural Machine Translation, Deep Learning, Text Classification, Sentiment Analysis, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Neural Networks, Generative Pre-trained Transformers (GPT), Recurrent Neural Networks (RNNs), Long Short-term Memory (LSTM), Fairseq, Algorithms, Data Structures, Nematus, Unsupervised Learning, Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN), Google Earth, Machine Learning, Amazon Translate

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