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I recently completed my PhD from the Information Extraction and Synthesis Laboratory (IESL), which is part of the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR) in the Department of Computer Science at UMass, Amherst . My advisor is Prof. Andrew McCallum. I received my M.S. in Computer Science from New York University , and a Bachelor of Engineering from Mumbai University in India. Along the way, I have interned at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center (including the Watson Jeopardy! challenge); worked on Bing at Microsoft Research; played with algorithmic trading at Deutche Bank; analyzed babies' growth in a psychology lab; tutored students for GRE; and worked in the family business, planning IT infrastructure and developing HR policies!

New! I'm now a Senior Research Staff Member at Oracle Labs.
Here is a copy of my CV in pdf , doc , and a brief bio.


RESEARCH

I'm interested in Machine Learning, Data Mining, Information Extraction, and Natural Language Processing. I have worked with many different Machine Learning methods, such as Graphical Models, Conditional Random Fields, Active Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Clustering and Graph-based Methods, and applied them to Entity Resolution, Web Mining and Natural Language Processing problems. My current research is in the area of Resource-bounded Information Acquisition and Learning. The basic idea is to efficiently acquire specific information from a large, external corpus, such as the Web under limited resources.

PUBLICATIONS

Kanani, P. "Resource-bounded Information Acquisition and Learning", PhD Thesis 2012, University of Massachusetts Amherst   pdf   BibTex

Kanani, P. and McCallum, A. "Selecting Actions for Resource-bounded Information Extraction using Reinforcement Learning", In Proceedings WSDM 2012, Seattle, WA.   pdf   BibTex

Kanani, P. and McCallum, A. "Learning to Select Actions for Resource-bounded Information Extraction". UMass TechReport UM-CS-2011-042, 2011.   pdf   BibTex

Svore, K., Kanani, P., and Khan, N., "How good is a span of terms? Exploiting proximity to improve web retrieval", Proceedings of the 33rd ACM SIGIR'10, pp. 154-161.   pdf   BibTex

Kanani, P., McCallum, A. and Hu, S., "Resource-bounded Information Extraction: Acquiring Missing Feature Values On Demand", Proceedings of the 14th PAKDD, Hyderabad, India, June 21-24, 2010. (Winner of Best Student Paper Runner Up Award). Also appeared as a poster in NESCAI 2010.   pdf   BibTex

Kanani, P., McCallum, A., and Sitaraman, R., “Towards Theoretical Bounds for Resource-bounded Information Gathering for Correlation Clustering”, UMass TechReport UM-CS-2009-027 pdf   BibTex

Kanani, P. and Melville, P., "Prediction-time Active Feature-value Acquisition for Customer Targeting", NIPS 2008 Workshop on Cost Sensitive Learning.   pdf   BibTex

Kanani, P. and McCallum, A., "Efficient Strategies for Improving Partitioning-Based Author Coreference by Incorporating Web Pages as Graph Nodes," Proceedings of the Workshop on Information Integration on the Web (IIWEB 07), pp. 38-43. Also appeared as a poster in NESCAI 2007.   pdf   BibTex

Culotta, A., Kanani, P., Hall, R., Wick, M. and McCallum, A., "Author Disambiguation using Error-driven Machine Learning with a Ranking Loss Function," a workshop at the Sixth International Workshop on Information Integration on the Web (IIWeb-07), Vancouver, Canada.   pdf   BibTex

Kanani, P. and McCallum, A., "Resource-bounded Information Gathering for Correlation Clustering," in the Proceedings of Computational Learning Theory 07, Open Problems Track, COLT 2007, LNAI 4539, pp. 625-627, 2007.   pdf   BibTex

Kanani, P., McCallum, A. and Pal, C., "Improving Author Coreference by Resource-bounded Information Gathering from the Web," in the Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 07), pp. 429-434, 2007.   pdf   BibTex

Young, J.W., Webster, T., Adolph, K. E., Robinson, S. R., & Kanani, P. "The effects of sampling frequency on developmental trajectories". International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, New Orleans, LA, 2003

Biu, O., Young, J. W., Pethkongkathon, J., Kanani, P., & Adolph, K. E. "A microgenetic analysis of the trajectory of motor development". Society for Research in Child Development, Tampa, FL, 2003

Young, J.W., Biu, O., Pethkongkathon, J., Kanani, P., & Adolph, K.E., "Continuity and discontinuity in motor skill acquisition". International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Orlando, FL, 2002