University of Pennsylvania - Team QuakerBot

Li Z.

- Team Leader

Li is a to-be 3rd year PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania. He works on reasoning about event relations and applying such knowledge.

Weiqiu Y.

My name is Weiqiu and I’m a second-year PhD student studying computer and information science at Penn advised by Professor Mark Yatskar. My research focuses on the intersection between vision and language, and zero-shot learning. I’m also interested in natural language generation and machine translation.

Ajay P.

PhD Student at the University of Pennsylvania with research interests in information extraction, knowledge representation, and memory-augmented neural networks.

Joongwon K.

I’m an undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania studying Computer Science. My research interest lies in Natural Language Processing. Since last year I have mainly worked with Professor Chris Callison-Burch, and my past research experience includes areas such as sentence splitting and multimodal representations (ongoing).

Lara M.

Dr. Lara M. is a CIFellow postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania working with Dr. Chris Callison-Burch. In 2020, she earned her PhD in Human-Centered Computing from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she worked with Dr. Mark Riedl. Her work resides in the field of Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence with a focus on natural language applications. Dr. Martin has worked in the areas of automated story generation, speech processing, and affective computing, publishing in top-tier conferences such as AAAI and IJCAI. She has also been featured in Wired and BBC Science Focus.

Yue Y.

I am a second year PhD student studies Computer Science and interested in the field of multimodality and how vision can assist language tasks.

Qing L.

I’m a PhD student in NLP at the University of Pennsylvania.

Artemis P.

I completed my undergraduate degrees in Computer and Cognitive Science and Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, where I moved on to also get a Master’s in Computer and Information Science. During my undergraduate and graduate time at Penn I was working at GRASP lab on the estimation of optical flow. I am currently continuing my education as a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on the intersection of Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing.

Chris Callison-Burch

- Faculty Advisor

I am an associate professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining Penn, I was a research faculty member at the Center for Language and Speech Processing at Johns Hopkins University for 6 years. I served as the General Chair of the ACL 2017 conference, and the Program Co-Chair for the EMNLP 2015 conference. I was the Chair of the Executive Board of NAACL from 2011-2013, and the Secretary-Treasurer for SIGDAT from 2015-2017. I have served on the editorial boards of the journals Transactions of the ACL (TACL) and Computational Linguistics. I have more than 100 publications, which have been cited over 20,000 times. I am a Sloan Research Fellow, and I have received faculty research awards from Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook in addition to funding from DARPA and the NSF. My research interests include natural language processing and crowdsourcing.

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