I am an assistant professor in computer science at UMass Amherst. Previously, I was a Young Investigator at AI2; before that, I completed my PhD at the University of Maryland, College Park, advised by Jordan Boyd-Graber and Hal Daumé III.
My research interests lie broadly in natural language processing and machine learning. Much of my work uses deep learning to model language at the discourse level. Problems in this vein that I'm currently excited about include:
(1) efficiently generating coherent text
(2) answering questions about documents
(3) understanding narratives in fictional text
STUDENTS Nader Akoury, Kalpesh Krishna, Simeng Sun, Tu Vu, Shufan Wang
If you're a prospective PhD student, click here
for more info.
I plan to take one new PhD student every year. If you're interested in working with me, please apply
to the UMass CICS PhD program and list me as a potential advisor. Feel free to send me an email after applying; I may not respond, but I'll still probably see it.
If you're a current undergraduate or MS student at UMass interested in research, click here
I'm happy to work on research projects with current UMass undergraduates who have taken NLP and/or machine learning. Please send me an email or stop by my office hours if you're interested!