Intelligent Systems Division

Alumni

2017:

Hao Wu

Thesis Title: Building a Knowledgebase for Deep Lexical Semantics
Advisor: Jerry R. Hobbs
Current position: TBD

2016:

Niloofar Montezeri

Thesis Title: Building a Knowledgebase for Deep Lexical Semantics
Advisor: Jerry R. Hobbs
Current position: TBD

2015:

Mohsen Taheriyan

Thesis Title: Learning the Semantics of Structured Data Sources
Advisor: Craig Knoblock
Current position: TBD

Qing Dou

Thesis Title: Beyond Parallel Data: Decipherment for Better Quality Machine Translation
Advisor: Kevin Knight
Current position: Research Scientist, Facebook

George Konstantinedes

Thesis Title: Scalable Data Integration Under Constraints
Advisor: Jose Luis
Current position: Oxford University

Jeon-Hyung Kang

Thesis Title: Modeling Social and Cognitive Aspects of User Behavior in Social Media
Advisor: Kristina Lerman
Current position: Research Scientist, Google 

2014:

Yoon-sik Cho

Thesis Title: Modeling and predicting with spatial-temporal networks 
Advisor: Aram Galstyan
Current position: For this summer, Academic Mentor at UCLA  

Ashish Vaswani

Title: Smaller, Faster and Accurate Models for Statistical Machine Translation
Advisor: David Chaing
Co-Advisor: Liang Huang
Current Position: Computer Scientist, USC-ISI

2013:

Dirk Hovy

Thesis Title: Learning semantic types and relations from text 
Advisor: Jerry Hobbs
Current position: Postdoc at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Ardeshir Kianercy

Thesis TitleAdaptive agents on evolving network: An evolutionary game theory approach
Advisor: Aram Galstyan
Current position: Post Doctorate fellow, Brady Urological Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital

2012:

Nadeesha Ranasinghe

Thesis Title: Learning to Detect and Adapt to Unpredicted Changes
Advisor: Wei-min Shen
Current position: Senior Researcher at Epiphany Science and Systems (EpiSci), San Diego, CA

Jason Riesa

Thesis Title: Syntactic Alignment Models for Large-Scale Statistical Machine Translation
Advisor: Daniel Marcu
Current position: Google Translate Team, Fall 2012

Rumi Ghosh

Thesis Title: Disentangling the Network: Understanding the Interplay of Topology and Synamics in Network Analysis
Advisor: Kristina Lerman
Current position: HP Labs, Post Doctoral

2011:

Steve DeNeefe

Thesis Title: Tree-adjoining Machine Translation
Advisor: Kevin Knight
Current position: Research Scientist, SDL Language Weaver

Rutu Mulkar-Mehta

Thesis Title: Granular Causality for Learning by Reading

Advisor: Jerry Hobbs and Eduard Hovy

Current Position: NLP Research Scientist at Precyse Advanced Technologies

Sujith Ravi

Thesis Title: Deciphering Natural Language
Advisor: Kevin Knight
Current position: Research Scientist, Google

2010:

Anon Plangprasopchok

Thesis Title: Statistical Approaches for Inferring Category Knowledge from Social Annotation
Advisor: Kristina Lerman
Current position: National Electronics and Computer Technology Center, Bangkok, Thailand

Jonathan May

Thesis Title: Weighted Tree Automata and Transducers for Syntactic Natural Language Processing
Advisor: Kevin Knight
Current position: Research Scientist, Language Weaver

Victoria Fossum

Thesis Title: Integrating Parsing and Word Alignment in Syntax-Based Machine Translation
Advisors: Steven Abney and Kevin Knight
Current position: Post-doctoral researcher at ISI

2009:

Michael Rubenstein

Thesis Title: Self-Assembly and Self-Healing for Robotic Collectives
Advisor: Wei-Min Shen
Current position: Harvard University, Post Doctorate Researcher

Rahul Bhagat

Thesis Title: Learning Paraphrases from Text
Advisor: Ed Hovy
Current position: Amazon

Matthew Michelson

Thesis Title: A Reference-Set Approach to Information Extraction from Unstructured, Ungrammatical Data Sources
Advisor: Craig Knoblock
Current position: Fetch Technologies

2008:

Brent Lance

Thesis Title: Procedural Animation of Emotionally Expressive Gaze Shifts in Virtual Embodied Characters
Advisor: Stacy Marsella
Current Position: Institute for Creative Technologies/Army Research Laboratory-HRED

Martin Michalowski

Thesis Title: A General Approach to Using Problem Instance Data for Model Refinement in Constraint Satisfaction Problem
Advisor: Craig Knoblock
Current position: Adventium Labs

Rattapoom Tuchinda

Thesis Title: Building Mashups by Example
Advisor: Craig Knoblock

2007:

Snehal Thakkar

Thesis Title: A Data Integration Approach to Dynamically Fusing Geospatial Sources
Advisor: Craig Knoblock
Current position: Research Scientist, Google Research

Feng Pan

Thesis Title: Representing Complex Temporal Phenomena for the Semantic Web and Natural Language
Advisor: Jerry Hobbs
Current position: Natural Language Scientist at Powerset Inc.

Donghui Feng

Thesis Title: Factorizing Information Extraction from Text Corpora
Advisor: Eduard Hovy
Current position: AT&T Yellow Pages Research

Alexander M. Fraser

Thesis Title: Improved Word Alignments for Statistical Machine Translation
Advisor: Daniel Marcu
Current position: Research SCientist, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Namhee Kwon

Thesis Title: Text Understanding via Semantic Structure Analysis
Advisor: Eduard Hovy

2006:

Mark Carman

Thesis Title: Learning Semantic Definitions of Information Sources on the Internet
Advisor: Craig Knoblock and Paolo Traverso (PhD degree from the University of Trento)
Current position: Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Lugano, Switzerland.

Dragos Stefan Munteanu

Thesis Title: "Exploiting Comparable Corpora"
Advisor: Daniel Marcu
Current position: Research scientist at Language Weaver, Inc.

Soo-Min Kim

Thesis Title: "Identification, Classification, and Analysis of Opinions"
Advisor: Eduard Hovy
Current position: Postdoctoral research associate at USC/ISI

Shou-de Lin

Thesis Title: Modeling, Searching, and Explaining Abnormal Instances In Multi-Relational Networks
Advisors: Hans Chalupsky and Kevin Knight
Current position: Assistant Professor at the National Taiwan University

Radu Soricut

Thesis Title: Natural Language Generation for Text-to-Text Applications using an Information-Slim Representation
Advisor: Daniel Marcu
Current position: Research scientist at Language Weaver, Inc.

Hal Daume III

Thesis Title: Practical Structured Learning for Natural Language Processing
Advisor: Daniel Marcu
Current position: Assistant Professor at the University of Utah

Liang Zhou

Thesis Title: The Importance of Using Domain Knowledge in Solving Information Distillation Problems.
Advisor: Eduard Hovy
Current position: Postdoctoral research associate at USC/ISI

2005:

Ching-Chien Chen

Thesis Title: Automatically and Accurately Conflating Road Vector Data, Street Maps, and Orthoimagery
Advisor: Cyrus Shahabi and Craig Knoblock

Deepak Ravichandran

Thesis Title: Terascale Knowledge Acquisition
Advisor: Ed Hovy
Current position: Research scientist at Google Research

2003:

Philipp Koehn

Thesis Title: Noun Phrase Translation
Advisor: Kevin Knight
Current position: Assistant Professor at the University of Edinburgh

Jay Modi

Thesis Title: Distributed Constraint Optimization for Multi-Agent Systems
Advisor: Wei-Min Shen
Current position: Assistant Professor at Drexel University

Greg Barish

Thesis Title: Speculative Plan Execution for Information Agents
Advisor: Craig Knoblock
Current position: Scientist at Fetch Technologies

Benham Salemi

Thesis Title: Distributed Control for Chain-Type Self-Reconfigurable Robots
Advisor: Wei-Min Shen
Current position: Research scientist at USC/ISI

2002:

Ion Muslea

Thesis Title: Active learning with multiple views
Advisor: Craig Knoblock
Current position: Researcher Scientist at SRI International

Sheila Tejada

Thesis Title: Learning object identification rules for information integration
Advisor: Craig Knoblock/Steve Minton
Current position: Assistant Professor at Tulane University

Jafar Adibi

Thesis Title: Self-Similarity Models for Data Mining
Advisor: Wei-Min Shen
Current position: Research scientist at USC/ISI

Irene Langkilde-Geary

Thesis Title: Automatic Sentence Generation Using a Hybrid Statistical Model of Lexical Collocations and Syntactic Relations
Advisor: Kevin Knight
Current position: Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University

Kenji Yamada

Thesis Title: A Syntax-Based Statistical Translation Model
Advisor: Kevin Knight
Current position: Research scientist at Language Weaver, Inc.

Yaser Al-Onaizan

Thesis Title: Translating Named Entities Using Bilingual and Monolingual Resources
Advisor: Kevin Knight
Current position: Research Scientist at IBM Watson Laboratory

2001:

Rogelio Adobbati

Thesis Title: Automated synthesis of software explanations
Advisor: W. Lewis Johnson
Current position: AssistMed

2000:

Gal Kaminka

Thesis Title: Execution Monitoring in Multi-agent Environments
Advisor: Milind Tambe
Current position: Assistant Professor at Bar-Ilan University

Marcelo Tallis

Thesis Title: A Script-Based Approach to Modifying Knowledge-Based Systems
Advisor: Yolanda Gil
Current position: Research Scientist at Teknowledge

Naveen Ashish

Thesis Title: Optimizing informationmediatorsby selectively materializing data
Advisor: Craig Knoblock
Current position: NASA/Ames Research Center

1998:

Jose Luis Ambite

Thesis Title: Planning by Rewriting
Advisor: Craig Knoblock
Current position: Research Scientist at USC/ISI

1997:

Chin-Yew Lin

Thesis Title: Natural Language Summarization
Advisor: Eduard Hovy
Current position: Lead Researcher at Microsoft Research in Beijing

1996:

Chunnan Hsu

Thesis Title: Learning effective and robust semantic knowledge for database query optimization
Advisor: Craig Knoblock
Current position: Associate Research Fellow at Academia Sinica in Taiwan

Jihie Kim

Thesis Title: Bounding the Cost of Learned Rules: A Transformational Approach
Advisor: Paul Rosenbloom
Current position: Research Scientist at USC/ISI

1995:

Ben Smith

Thesis Title: Induction as Knowledge Integration
Advisor: Paul Rosenbloom
Current position: Research staff at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Others:

Richard Angros

Thesis Title: Learning What to Instruct: Acquiring knowledge from demonstrations
Advisor: W. Lewis Johnson

Ishuar Chander

Thesis Title: Automatic Postediting of Documents
Advisor: Kevin Knight
Current position: Northrup Gruman

Ali Erdem

Thesis Title: Task orientation and tailoring of interactive software explanations
Advisor: W. Lewis Johnson
Current position: Medical informatics company in San Diego

Randall W. Hill Jr.

Thesis Title: Impasse-Driven Tutoring for Reactive Skill Acquisition
Advisor: W. Lewis Johnson
Current position: Current position: Director of USC's Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT)

Lorna Zorman

Thesis Title: Requirements Envisaging by Utilizing Scenarios
Advisor: W. Lewis Johnson
Current position: mother (formerly HP Labs)

Kevin Benner

Thesis Title: Software Specification via Scenarios
Advisor: W. Lewis Johnson
Current position: CTO at a Minneapolis medical informatics company

Vibhu Mittal (1993)

Thesis Title: Generating Natural Language Descriptions with Integrated Text and Examples
Advisor: Cecile Paris
Current position: Senior Scientist at Google, Inc. and Adjunct Faculty at CMU LTI

 

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