I joined the University of Arizona School of Information in August 2016, after three years as an assistant professor in Computer and Information Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University's Natural Language Processing group, Johns Hopkins University's Human Language Technology Center of Excellence, KULeuven's Language Intelligence and Information Retrieval group in Belgium, and the University of Colorado's Center for Language and Education Research.

My research interests include natural language processing and machine learning theory and applications, including modeling the language of time and timelines, normalizing text to medical and geospatial ontologies, and information extraction models for clinical applications. There is a large community at the University of Arizona pursuing similar natural language processing research. Visit us at: http://nlp.arizona.edu/.

My ongoing funded projects include:

My past funded projects include:

Prospective students

If you are interested in working with me, you should apply to the PhD in Information program. Instructions on how to apply are here: https://ischool.arizona.edu/phd-information.

Do not send me your application materials (CV, etc.); I do not make any direct acceptance decisions. All applicants to the Ph.D. in Information program are reviewed by a departmental committee, and that committee makes the acceptance decisions.

If you are accepted by the committee into the PhD program and come to the University of Arizona, come talk with me once you're here. I'm generally happy to work with students who are interested in natural language processing and machine learning, though you may need to take some machine learning courses here before you have the skills needed to work in my lab.