Researcher in Natural Language Processing

Pittsburgh, PA

I am a researcher working in Natural Language Processing (NLP). I’m interested in applying state-of-the-art techniques to real world situations, particularly in educational and assistive settings.

Most recently, I was an Applied Scientist at Microsoft working on writing assistance tools for Word. My work included collecting data to fine-tune large transformer models, applying knowledge distillation to produce fast and accurate models for production, and developing compact task-specific representations to improve model efficiency.

I graduated with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2018. I was advised by Julia Hockenmaier. My PhD research focused on how to tackle semantic tasks like textual entailment using image caption denotations. I also interned with Joel Tetreault at Grammarly in 2017 and with the Amazon A9 Product Search group in 2016.