Faculty and Students in CLLT at OSU

There are currently eight CLLT faculty members in Linguistics and Computer Science & Engineering, as well as several other faculty members in related fields and/or departments. CLLT faculty meet often to work on joint projects, instruct and advise students, and coordinate the overall CLLT research focus. Below is a somewhat current listing of CLLT faculty, PhD students and recent graduates.

Current CL Faculty and Students
Former Graduate Students
Faculty in Related Fields

Current CL Faculty and Students

Name Faculty/Grad Department Research Interests
Deblin Bagchi PhD Student, Advisor: Eric Fosler-Lussier CSE Speech Recognition
Marie-Catherine de Marneffe Faculty Linguistics Computational pragmatics & semantics, veridicality assessment, grounding meaning from Web data, textual entailment, coreference resolution, language acquisition
Willy Cheung PhD Student Linguistics Computational Semantics & Pragmatics
Manirupa Das PhD Student, Advisors: Rajiv Ramnath, Eric Fosler-Lussier CSE NLP (Semantics), Question Answering
Manjuan Duan PhD Student Linguistics Computational semantics, natural language generation, syntax-semantics interface, categorial grammar
Micha Elsner Faculty Linguistics Discourse structure (narrative, local coherence, referring expressions), lexical and phonetic acquisition, Bayesian methods
Eric Fosler-Lussier Faculty CSE Statistical NLP, Spoken Dialog Systems, Speech Recognition
Evan Jaffe PhD Student,
Advisor: William Schuler
Linguistics Computational semantics, dialogue
Nanjiang Jiang PhD Student,
Advisor: Marie-Catherine de Marneffe
Linguistics Natural Language Understanding, Computational Pragmatics
Lifeng Jin PhD Student,
Advisor: William Schuler
Linguistics Computational Semantics, Computational Psycholinguistics
David King PhD Student,
Advisor: Michael White
Linguistics Grammar Induction, Morphology, Syntax, Machine Learning, Natural Language Generation
Wuwei Lan PhD Student, Advisor: Wei Xu CSE Semantics, Deep Learning
Mounica Maddela PhD Student, Advisor: Wei Xu CSE Stylistics
Taylor Mahler PhD Student,
Advisor: Marie-Catherine de Marneffe, Judith Tonhauser
Linguistics Computational semantics and pragmatics
Denis Newman-Griffis PhD Student,
Advisors: Eric Fosler-Lussier, Albert Lai
CSE Computational semantics, information extraction and retrieval, conceptual relatedness
Byung-Doh Oh PhD Student,
Advisor: William Schuler
Linguistics Computational Semantics, Computational Psycholinguistics
Peter Plantinga PhD Student, Advisor: Eric Fosler-Lussier CSE Noise-robust automatic speech recognition and speech enhancement
Alan Ritter Faculty CSE Machine learning and knowledge extraction
Clayton Rothwell Faculty Biomedical informatics Spoken dialogue systems, clarification dialogues, prosody semantics interface
William Schuler Faculty Linguistics Computational Psycholinguistics, Incremental Parsing and Interpretation, Spoken Dialog Systems
Prashant Serai PhD Student, Advisor: Eric Fosler-Lussier CSE Speech recognition error prediction
Cory Shain PhD Student, Advisors: William Schuler Micha Elsner Linguistics Computational modeling of language acquisition and human sentence processing, unsupervised NLP
Symon Stevens Guille PhD Student, Advisors: Robert Levine, Carl Pollard Linguistics Categorial grammar(s), logic and logic programming, the syntax-semantics and syntax-phonology interface(s), ethics in NLP, and allusion
Adam Stiff PhD Student, Advisor: Eric Fosler-Lussier CSE Grounded speech acquisition, question answering dialogue systems
Huan Sun Faculty CSE Data mining and machine learning, with emphasis on text mining and understanding, network analysis, human behavior understanding
Jeniya Tabassum PhD Student, Advisor: Alan Ritter, Wei Xu CSE Information extraction from noisy user-generated texts
Michael White Faculty Linguistics Natural Language Generation, Spoken Language and Multimodal Dialogue Systems, Paraphrasing
Sirui Xu PhD Student, Advisor: Eric Fosler-Lussier CSE Speech recognition
Wei Xu Faculty CSE Machine learning, natural language processing and social media
Shi Zong PhD Student, Advisor: Alan Ritter CSE Information extraction and computational social science

Former Graduate Students

Name Department Advisor Additional Information
Luiz Alexandre Amaral Linguistics and Spanish/Portuguese Detmar Meurers, John Grinstead Graduated 2007. Dissertation title: Designing Intelligent Language Tutoring Systems: Integrating Natural Language Processing technology into foreign language teaching. Currently at University of Victoria
Stacey Bailey Linguistics Detmar Meurers Graduated 2008. Dissertation title: Content Assessment in Intelligent Computer-Aided Language Learning: Meaning Error Diagnosis for English as a Second Language.
Stephen Boxwell Linguistics Michael White, Chris Brew Graduated 2011 (PhD). Dissertation title: A CCG-Based Method for Training a Semantic Role Labeler in the Absence of Explicit Syntactic Training Data. Currently Watson Core Developer at IBM.
Adriane Boyd Linguistics Detmar Meurers, Mike White Graduated 2008 (MS, CSE) and 2012 (PhD, Linguistics). Dissertation title: Pronunciation Modeling in Spelling Correction for Writers of English as a Foreign Language. Currently woking on the MERLIN project at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen.
Kirk Baker Linguistics Chris Brew Graduated 2008 (PhD). Dissertation title: Multilingual
Distributional Lexical Similarity
. Currently Technology Director at i3 Analytics.
Mike Calcagno Linguistics Currently at Microsoft Speech and Natural Language
Nick Cipollone Linguistics Currently at Microsoft
Mike Daniels Linguistics Detmar Meurers Graduated 2005. Thesis title: Generalized ID/LP Grammar: A Formalism for Parsing Linearization-based HPSG Grammars. Currently Software Development Engineer, Microsoft Speech and Language Group
Paul Davis Linguistics Chris Brew Graduated 2002. Dissertation title: Stone Soup Translation: The Linked Automata Model. Currently works for Motorola.
Jon Dehdari Linguistics William Schuler Graduated 2014. Dissertation title: A Neurophysiologically-Inspired Statistical Language Model. Currently at DFKI GmbH and the University of Saarland.
Markus Dickinson Linguistics Detmar Meurers Graduated 2005 (PhD). Thesis title: Error detection and correction in annotated corpora. Currently Assistant Professor at Indiana University.
Dominic Espinosa Linguistics Michael White Graduated 2011 (MA).
Anna Feldman Linguistics Chris Brew Graduated 2006. Dissertation title: A cross-language approach to rapid creation of new morpho-syntactically annotated resources. Currently Associate Professor at Montclair State University.
Whitney Gegg-Harrison Linguistics Craige Roberts Graduated 2006 (MA). Currently a graduate student in cognitive science at the University of Rochester
Jean Godby Linguistics Craige Roberts Graduated 2002. Thesis title: A computational study of lexicalized noun phrases in English. Now works at Office of Research at OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
Jirka Hana Linguistics Carl Pollard Graduated 2006. Dissertation title: Czech Clitics in Higher Order Grammar. Currently a Senior Researcher at Charles University, Prague.
Ilana Heintz Linguistics Chris Brew, Eric Fosler-Lussier Graduated 2010 (PhD). Dissertation title: Arabic Language Modeling with Stem-derived Morphemes for Automatic Speech Recognition. Currently working at Raytheon BBN Technologies.
DJ Hovermale Linguistics Chris Brew, William Schuler Graduated 2011. Dissertation title: Erron: A Phrase-Based Machine Translation Approach to Customized Spelling Correction. Currently at at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory.
Martin Jansche Linguistics Chris Brew Graduated 2003. Thesis title: Inference of string mappings for language technology. Currently works for Google Research, New York, NY.
Preethi Jyothi Computer Science and Engineering Eric Fosler-Lussier Graduated 2013 (PhD). Dissertation title: Discriminative and Articulatory Feature-based Pronunciation Models for Conversational Speech Recognition. Currently Assistant Professor at IIT, Bombay.
Joo-Kyung Kim Computer Science and Engineering Eric Fosler-Lussier Graduated 2017 (PhD). Dissertation title: Linguistic Knowledge Transfer for Enriching Vector Representations. Currently Applied Scientist at Amazon Alexa.
Jianguo Li Linguistics Chris Brew Graduated 2008. Dissertation title: Hybrid Methods for Acquisition of Lexical Information: The Case for Verbs. Currently at the Applied Research Center, Motorola.
Arantxa Lozano Linguistics Detmar Meurers Currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wittenberg University
Xiaofei Lu Linguistics Detmar Meurers Graduated 2006 (PhD). Dissertation title: Hybrid Models for Unknown Chinese Word Resolution. Currently Assistant Professor at Penn State University.
Dennis Nolan Mehay Linguistics William Schuler, Chris Brew Graduated 2012 (PhD). Dissertation title: Bean Soup Translation: Flexible, Linguistically-motivated Syntax for Machine Translation. Currently at BBN Technologies.
Vanessa Metcalf Linguistics Detmar Meurers Graduated 2004 (MA).
Scott Martin Linguistics Carl Pollard, Craige Roberts Graduated 2013 (PhD). Dissertation title: The Dynamics of Sense and Implicature. Currently research scientist at Nuance Communications, Sunnyvale.
Jeremy Morris CSE Eric Fosler-Lussier Graduated 2010 (PhD). Dissertation title: A study on the use of conditional random fields for automatic speech recognition. Currently Assistant Professor of Practice at Ohio State.
Crystal Nakatsu Linguistics Michael White Graduated 2009 (MA). Currently Software Engineer at Intel Corporation.
Rohit Prabhavalkar CSE Eric Fosler-Lussier Graduated 2013 (PhD). Dissertation title: Discriminative Articulatory Feature-based Pronunciation Models with Application to Spoken Term Detection. Currently research scientist at Google.
Preethi Raghavan CSE Eric Fosler-Lussier, Albert M. Lai Currently at IBM TJ Watson
Monica Rajamanohar ECE Eric Fosler-Lussier Graduated 2005 (MS). Currently Technical Consultant at Heiler Software.
Raja Rajkumar Linguistics Michael White Graduated 2012 (PhD). Dissertation title: Linguistically Motivated Features for CCG Realization Ranking. Currently Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India.
Anton Rytting Linguistics Chris Brew, Eric Fosler-Lussier Graduated 2007 (PhD). Dissertation title: Preserving Subsegmental Variation in Modeling Word Segmentation. Currently Associate Research Scientist at the Center for the Advanced Study of Language (CASL), Maryland.
Marten van Schijndel Linguistics William Schuler Graduated 2017 (PhD). Dissertation title: The Influence of Syntactic Frequencies on Human Sentence Processing.
Chaitanya Shivade CSE Eric Fosler-Lussier, Albert M. Lai Graduated 2016 (PhD). Dissertation title: How sick are you? Methods for extracting textual evidence to expedite clinical trial screening. Currently Research Staff Member at IBM Almaden Research Center.
Darla Shockley CSE Eric Fosler-Lussier Graduated 2010 (MS).
Laura Stoia CSE Donna Byron Graduated 2007. Dissertation title: Noun phrase generation for situated dialogues. Currently a software engineer at Google.
Na’im Tyson Linguistics Cynthia Clopper, Eric Fosler-Lussier Graduated 2012 (PhD). Dissertation title. Exploration of Acoustic Features for Automatic Vowel Discrimination in Spontaneous Speech.
Nathan Vaillette Linguistics Chris Brew Graduated 2004.
Yu Wang Eric Fosler-Lussier CSE Graduated 2007 (MA).
Andrew Watts Linguistics Detmar Meurers Graduated 2006 (MA).
Tim Weale CSE Eric Fosler-Lussier, Chris Brew Graduated 2010 (PhD). Dissertation title. Term relatedness from Wiki-based resources using sourced PageRank. Currently working for the Department of Defense.


Faculty in Related Fields

Within Linguistics and CSE, as well as in other departments, there are several faculty members working on closely related topics:

Other faculty members in Psychology:

  • Gail McKoon (psycholinguistics, reading, human memory, knowledge representation)
  • Alexander Petrov (learning, models of learning, symbolic cognitive architectures, neural networks)

Other faculty members in Linguistics working in related fields:

Other faculty members in Computer Science and Engineering working in related fields:

Former faculty at other institutions with whom we have a close relationship:

  • Chris Brew (robust natural language processing using statistical and probabilistic ideas), currently at Digital Operatives
  • Simon Dennis (human memory, language processing, episodic recognition, serial recall, extraction of propositional information from text), currently at University of Newcastle
  • Albert Lai (biomedical Informatics, information extraction and retrieval, temporal reasoning), currently at Washington University
  • Detmar Meurers (constraint-based processing, corpus annotation, iCALL, syntax, HPSG), currently at Universität
  • Donna Byron (machine-human dialogue, discourse processing, anaphora resolution, collaborative interaction), currently at IBM