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

I am not currently looking for any additional PhD students.

If you are already a student at the University of Arizona, I accept some undergraduate and graduate students for semester-long directed research projects. I prefer students who have taken ISTA 457/INFO 557 (Neural Networks) and/or ISTA 439/INFO 539 (Statistical Natural Language Processing). I also occasionally have pure linguistics or pure programming projects that do not require these courses. If you are interested in discussing research possibilities with me, please email me your experience and interests.