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AI Seminar

Code Representation Learning at Scale

Dejiao ZhangSenior Applied ScientistAWS AI Labs
Location: Virtual Only
Zoom: https://umich.zoom.us/j/92159140947
Meeting ID: 921 5914 0947
Passcode: aiseminar


Recent studies have shown that code language models at scale demonstrate significant performance gains on downstream tasks, i.e., code generation. However, most of the existing works on code representation learning train models at a hundred million parameter scale using very limited pretraining corpora. In this work, we fuel code representation learning with a vast amount of code data via a two-stage pretraining scheme. We first train the encoders via a mix that leverages both randomness in masking language modeling and the structure aspect of programming language. We then enhance the representations via contrastive learning with hard negative and hard positive constructed in an unsupervised manner. We establish an off-the-shelf encoder model that persistently outperforms the existing models on a wide variety of downstream tasks by large margins. To comprehend the factors contributing to successful code representation learning, we conduct detailed ablations and share our findings on (i) a customized and effective token-level denoising scheme for source code; (ii) the importance of hard negatives and hard positives; (iii) how the proposed bimodal contrastive learning boost the cross-lingual semantic search performance; and (iv) how the pretraining schemes decide the downstream task performance scales with the model size.



Dejiao Zhang is a senior applied scientist at AWS AI Labs, working on large language models (LLM) and their applications. She is part of the science team that builds Amazon CodeWhisperer and Titan-Text-Embeddings. Before joining AWS, she received the Ph.D. degree in the ECE department from the University of Michigan in 2019, under the supervision of Prof. Laura Balzano.


AI Lab

Student Host

Martin Ziqiao MaAI Lab Seminar Tsar

Faculty Host

Laura BalzanoAssociate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science & StatisticsUniversity of Michigan