Education

  • Ph.D. 2006. Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, Language Technologies Institute.
    • Advisors: Alon Lavie (Language Technologies) and Brian MacWhinney (Psychology)
    • Additional committee members: Jaime Carbonell, Lori Levin, John Carroll (Univ. of Sussex)
    • Dissertation title: A multi-strategy approach to parsing of grammatical relations in child language transcripts
  • M.S. 2003. Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, Language Technologies Institute
  • B.S. 1999. University of California, Los Angeles. Computer Science, Linguistics minor

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor. 2016 - present. University of California, Davis, Department of Linguistics.
  • Research Assistant Professor. 2010 - 2015. University of Southern California, Computer Science Department.
  • Research Scientist. 2008 - 2015. University of Southern California, Institute for Creative Technologies.
  • Visiting Scholar. Summer 2011. Johns Hopkins University, Center for Language and Speech Processing (CLSP Summer Workshop).
  • Research Associate. 2006 - 2008. University of Tokyo, Computer Science (TsujiiLab).

Industry Positions

  • Co-founder. 2015 - 2016. KITT.AI, a tech startup.
  • Software Engineer. 1998 - 1999. InQuizit Technologies (later Cognition, acquired by Nuance).

Teaching

  • Applied Natural Language Processing. USC CSCI 544. Spring 2014 (59 students), Spring 2015 (205 students).
  • Foundations of Artificial Intelligence. USC CSCI 561 (56 students). 2012.

Service

  • Editorial board, Computational Linguistics. 2015 - 2017.
  • Associate Editor, ACM TALLIP. 2015 - present.
  • Area Chair, NAACL 2016, EACL 2012.
  • Standing reviewer, Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics
  • Ad hoc reviewer. Computational Linguistics, JAIR, Computational Intelligence, Journal of Child Language, Journal of Natural Language Engineering, Computer Speech and Language, ACM Transactions of Asian Language and Information Processing.
  • Conference program committee member (reviewer). ACL, NAACL, EACL, IJCNLP, EMNLP, COLING, CoNLL, IJCAI, IVA, various ACL workshops.
  • NSF panel member, 2010.
  • Exhibits chair, NAACL 2010.

Students advised and committees

  • Justin Garten, PhD candidate. PhD advisor (with Morteza Dehghani).
  • Qing Dou, PhD candidate. Proposal committee and thesis committee.
  • Christopher Weinberg, PhD candidate. Proposal committee.
  • Himanshu Joshi, PhD candidate. Proposal committee.
  • Shannon Lubetich, Pomona college undergraduate. Intership supervisor. (Third place in the 2015 ACM student research competition)
  • Arne Kohn, PhD candidate, University of Hamburg. Internship supervisor.
  • Jay Whang, USC undergraduate. Directed research supervisor.
  • More than 10 master's students supervised in directed research.

Funding Received

  • ARO: Natural Language Graphs (PI). 2014 - 2017. $750k
  • ARO: Always Available Support Agents (co-PI). 2014 - 2017. $800k
  • ARO: Automatic Analysis of Discourse Structure (PI). 2013 - 2014. $300k
  • DARPA Narrative Networks: Culture-specific neurobiological models of the influence of narrative framing (co-PI). 2012 - 2015. $1.5M
  • NFS IIS RI: Incremental speech processing for rapid dialogue (co-PI). 2012 - 2015. $490k.
  • NSF IIS HCC: Modeling human communication dynamics (co-PI). 2011 - 2014. $490k.
  • TATRC: Advancing speech recognition technology to support training with virtual humans. 2011 - 2013. $1.5M.
  • Google faculty award: Linear-time dynamic programming for parsing and translation (co-PI). 2011 - 2012. $75k.
  • ARO: Enabling rapid definition of sophisticated dialogue policies without programming (PI). 2010 - 2011. $100k.

Selected Publications

See my page on Google Scholar for a more complete list of publications (10 journal articles and over 50 peer-reviewed conference papers).