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My research interests are in natural language processing and machine learning. Collectively, natural language processing aims to develop algorithms that enable computers to understand and generate human language. My focus is on developing machine learning methods that learn language from large collections of data. Specific problems I am interested in include: knowledge acquisition, entity recognition and linking, question answering, and machine translation for low resource languages.
Recent Program Committees
AAAI (2017), ACL (2017), EMNLP (2017), WWW (2017), NIPS(2017), ECML (2017), ESWC (2017)
COLING (2016), NIPS (2016), ECML (2016), AfriCHI(2016), AAAI (2016)
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. Prior to UCSD, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University. I obtained my PhD from Saarland University, Germany, for work done at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics at Saarbrücken. I completed undegraduate studies in Computer Science at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.