Adriana Kovashka

  • Associate Professor
  • Pronouns: she, her, hers

Dr. Kovashka received her BA degrees in Computer Science and Media Studies from Pomona College, in 2008, and her PhD in Computer Science from The University of Texas in Austin, in 2014. She joined Pitt’s Computer Science department in January 2015.

Dr. Kovashka’s primary research area is computer vision, with overlap in machine learning and natural language processing. Her work develops techniques for analysis of visual and multimodal persuasion (in political articles and visual advertisements), weak multimodal supervision for tasks such as object detection, vision-language tasks such as visual question answering, and robustness and domain adaptation for object recognition and reasoning models. Her earlier work examined approaches for improving image retrieval with semantic visual attributes, by ensuring that the most useful feedback is given to the retrieval system (active learning), and the system understands correctly potentially ambiguous and subjective attribute terms.


  • PhD, University of Texas, Austin, 2014

Research Areas

Specific Research Interests

  • Computer vision
  • Machine learning
  • Natural language processing
  • Visual reasoning
  • Cross-modal retrieval