Research Summary and Bio
My research interests are in the broad area of distributed cyber-human systems (DCHS), an example of which is the network of smartphones carried by millions of individuals across the globe. I envision a state of affairs where human-device interaction in such systems is natural, where devices take initiative in providing and soliciting information, where communication is efficient. My research aims to (1) develop and test theories that support human-device interaction within DCHS, and (2) develop techniques and technology that use the collected data to improve the health and safety of our communities. At the heart of these research aims is natural language and questions about how computers might learn to process it automatically. Automated natural language processing has been an object of inquiry since the advent of digital computing the in the 1940s, and it remains a mystery to this day. The complexity and ambiguity of natural language hampers many systems, particularly the DCHS systems that I aim to build. My research aims to better understand this fascinating mode of communication in the context of intelligent DCHS.
I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from Michigan State University in 2011 and joined UVa soon thereafter as a research faculty member. I have been an Assistant Professor in the department since 2014. (CV / Dissertation)
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