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

  • Director, linguistics graduate program 2018 - present. University of California, Davis.
  • Associate Professor. 2020 - 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 (NLP startup acquired by Baidu).
  • Software Engineer. 1998 - 1999. InQuizit Technologies (later Cognition, acquired by Nuance).

Teaching

  • Computational Linguistics. UC Davis LIN 177. Once or twice per year (90 to 120 students), 2016 - present.
  • Text Processing and Corpus Linguistics. UC Davis LIN 127. Once per year (60 students), 2016 - present.
  • Graduate seminar on Computational Linguistics. UC Davis LIN 205x. Once per year (15 students), 2016 - present.
  • 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 (external)

  • Editorial board, Computational Linguistics. 2015 - 2017.
  • Associate Editor, ACM TALLIP. 2015 - present.
  • Senior Area Chair or Area Chair for various NLP and computational linguistics conferences (e.g ACL, NAACL, Coling, EMNLP, EACL).
  • Standing reviewer, Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics (TACL)
  • Ad hoc reviewer. Computational Linguistics, Language, Liguistics Vanguard, 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, 2018, 2010.
  • Exhibits chair, NAACL 2010.

Students advised and committees

  • Dian Yu, PhD candidate. PhD advisor, Computer Science, UC Davis.
  • Sam Davidson, PhD candidate. PhD advisor, Linguistics, UC Davis.
  • Zoey Liu, PhD, 2020. PhD advisor, Linguistics, UC Davis.
  • Vincent Hellendoorn, PhD, 2020. PhD thesis committee.
  • Justin Garten, PhD, 2018. PhD advisor (with Morteza Dehghani).
  • Qing Dou, PhD, 2015. Proposal committee and thesis committee.
  • Christopher Weinberg, PhD. Proposal committee.
  • Himanshu Joshi, PhD, 2018. Proposal committee.
  • Shannon Lubetich, Pomona college undergraduate. Intership supervisor. (Third place in the 2015 ACM student research competition)
  • Arne Kohn, PhD, University of Hamburg. Internship supervisor.
  • Jay Whang, USC undergraduate. Directed research supervisor.
  • More than 10 master's students supervised in directed research at USC.

Funding Received

  • NSF CICI SSC: TrOnto - A community-based ontology for a trustworthy scientific cyberspace (co-PI). 2018 - 2020. $600k
  • Navy: Soliloquy, STTR subcontract from Soartech (PI of UC Davis subcontract). 2017 - 2018. $60k
  • UC Davis faculty senate grant: COWS-L2H (co-PI). $20k
  • ARO: Natural Language Graphs (PI). 2014 - 2015. $200k
  • 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 (18 journal articles and over 50 peer-reviewed conference papers).