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
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
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
Denis Griffis PhD Student,
Advisors: Eric Fosler-Lussier, Albert Lai
CSE Computational semantics, information extraction and retrieval,
conceptual relatedness
Evan Jaffe PhD Student,
Advisor: William Schuler
Linguistics Computational semantics, dialogue
Lifeng Jin PhD Student,
Advisor: William Schuler
Linguistics Computational Semantics, Computational Psycholinguistics
Joo-Kyung Kim PhD Student,
Advisor: Eric Fosler-Lussier
CSE Deep learning and representation learning for NLP
David King PhD Student,
Advisor: Michael White
Linguistics Grammar Induction, Morphology, Syntax, Machine Learning, Natural
Language Generation
Alan Ritter Faculty CSE Machine learning and knowledge extraction
Marten van Schijndel PhD Student,
Advisor: William Schuler
Linguistics Memory and language processing
William Schuler Faculty Linguistics Computational Psycholinguistics, Incremental Parsing and
Interpretation, Spoken Dialog Systems
Chaitanya Shivade PhD Student,
Advisors: Eric Fosler-Lussier, Albert M. Lai
CSE Computational Semantics, Textual Entailment, Biomedical Informatics
Huan Sun Faculty CSE Data mining and machine learning, with emphasis on text mining and
understanding, network analysis, human behavior understanding
Michael White Faculty Linguistics Natural Language Generation, Spoken Language and Multimodal
Dialogue Systems, Paraphrasing
Wei Xu Faculty CSE Machine learning, natural language processing and social media

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
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 Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow at U. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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.
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 at the Center for
the Advanced Study of Language (CASL), Maryland.
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

  • Chris Brew (robust
    natural language processing using statistical and probabilistic
    ideas), currently at Thomson Reuters
  • Simon
    (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