SLED Research Lab @ University of Michigan

Language use in human communication is shaped by our goals, our shared experiences, and our understanding of each other's abilities, knowledge, and beliefs. Led by Prof. Joyce Chai, the Situated Language and Embodied Dialogue (SLED) lab (formerly, the LAIR group) develops computational models for natural language processing that take into account rich physical, situational, and communicative context and build embodied AI agents that strive to collaborate with humans through language communication.
  • The first in-person group dinner at Evergreen Restaurant. 🍽
  • Working with our TIAGO robot. πŸ€–
  • Congrats to Paul and Nikhil. πŸŽ“
  • Congrats to all graduates. πŸŽ‰
  • SLED Research Symposium. 🌟


  • [Apr. 2024] πŸŽ‰ Big congratulations to Jake Sansom for receiving the 2024 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP)! Way to go, Jake!
  • [Feb. 2024] Very excited that Jian Wang will be visiting SLED in Spring and Summer 2024!
  • [Feb. 2024] Two papers accepted to CVPR 2024. Congratulations to everyone!
  • [Jan. 2024] Our undergraduate research assistant Megan Su got her first-author paper accepted by the ICLR 2024 Tiny paper track. Congratulations to Megan and Emily!
  • [Jan. 2024] Two papers accepted to ICRA 2024. Congratulations to everyone!
  • [Oct. 2023] Five papers accepted to EMNLP 2023. Congratulations to everyone!
  • [Oct. 2023] Congratulations to Yinpei for successfully passing the prelim exam!
  • [Sep. 2023] One paper to appear in NeurIPS 2023 (on text-guided image manipulation).
  • [Sep. 2023] Preprint of LLM-Grounder, work led by Jed and Xuweiyi, is now available on arXiv and featured in Hugging Face πŸ€— Daily Papers! Watch our YouTube video demo, or try it out yourself on our live demo. Chat with an LLM agent to ground 3D objects! [UM News]
  • [July 2023] Two papers were nominated for Best Paper at ACL 2023. Excited that World-to-Words received an Outstanding Paper Award and Comparative Learning was selected for honorable mention! Congratulations to Martin, Jiayi, Emily, Barrett, and Joyce!!
  • [June 2023] πŸ† Team SEAGULL wins First Place πŸ₯‡ in the Alexa Prize SimBot Challenge and is awarded $500,000! Huge congrats to the team and all the hard work they put in! Read our technical report here. (Media coverage: U-M, Amazon Science, ζœΊε™¨δΉ‹εΏƒ) πŸŽ‰
  • [May 2023] Four papers accepted to ACL 2023 (on grounded word acquisition, vision-language models, anological reasoning, and reproducibility) and one paper to appear at IJCAI 2023 (on collaborative planning with Theory of Mind modeling).
  • [Apr. 2023] Very excited that Andy Chung (NSF CSGrad4US Fellow) and Josue Torres-Fonseca (NSF GRFP Fellow) will be joining us in Fall 2023!!
  • [Feb. 2023] Congratulations to Martin for successfully passing the prelim exam!
  • [Dec. 2022] Paul successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation. Congratulations Dr. Bara!
  • [Oct. 2022] Check out our papers accepted to EMNLP 2022: DANLI (oral) and DOROTHIE (Findings)!
  • [May. 2022] Congratulations to Jed for successfully passing the prelim exam!
  • [Apr. 2022] Very excited Yinpei Dai will be joining SLED in Fall 2022!
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  • [Mar. 2022] Emily’s paper on pragmatics has been accepted to ACL 2022!
  • [Jan. 2022] Congratulations to Prof. Joyce Chai for being selected as an ACL Fellow!
  • [Oct. 2021] Our work MindCraft: Theory of Mind Modeling for Situated Dialogue in Collaborative Tasks has received an Outstanding Paper Award at EMNLP 2021! Congratulations to Paul, Sky, and Joyce!!
  • [Oct. 2021] Congratulations to Yichi for successfully passing the prelim exam!!
  • [Aug. 2021] SLED has 3 papers accepted to EMNLP 2021! Congrats to Shane, Paul and Yichi! πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ
  • [June 2021] Congratulations to Emily and Shane for successfully passing the prelim exam!!
  • [Apr. 2021] Very excited Ziqiao (Martin) Ma and Jianing (Jed) Yang will join SLED in Fall 2021!
  • [Oct. 2020] Congratulations to Paul for successfully passing the prelim exam!!