Artificial Intelligence

Welcome to our 2012 Summer Interns!!

Megha Srivastava is a member of the class of 2014 at the Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City, CA.  Her favorite subjects at school are Math and Science, and having completed Advanced Placement Calculus BC and Advance Placement Computer Science in her sophomore year, she enjoys pursuing the most advanced math and science classes at her school. She was recently named a winner in the National Center for Women & Information Technology's Southern California Affiliate Award for Aspirations in Computing. In the summer of 2012, she is enjoying working as an intern on the applications of computer science in language translation and cryptography. She is interested in doing research in the future, and will especially like to work with the applications of computer science in other fields, such as chemistry or biology. Megha is also a member of the Science Bowl Team and the Robotics Club at her school, and enjoys swimming, photography, and playing the piano in her spare time. 


Daniel Bauer is a third year PhD student at Columbia University where he works on semantic parsing and turning textual descriptions into 3D images.  He holds a MSc in Language Science and Technology from Saarland University and a BSc in Cognitive Science from the University of Osnabrück. In his research Daniel tries to combine syntactic parsing, semantic parsing, knowledge representation, and inference to make language processing systems more aware of domain and world knowledge. After his PhD he wants to continue working in research and teaching and/or apply semantic language technology to cool new applications. Daniel enjoys discovering new places, hiking, cooking, photography and playing his guitar. 


Johnny Jung is a undergraduate studying Computer Engineering/Computer Science at USC (class of '14). He has previously co-founded an accelerator-funded startup and he hopes to eventually pursue a Ph.D in computer science. In particular, he is interested in the areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning, human-computer interaction, education technology and learning. Johnny aspires to use social entrepreneurship, computer science and technology to influence and change the world and in his free time is developing effective web applications for K-12 education. He also enjoys playing and watching sports, playing Starcraft and building various apps and hacks.


Bevan Jones - I'm currently a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh and Macquarie Univerity, where I study language acquisition in a computational setting using a mixture of Bayesian inference and automata theory. My long term interest is in exploring the way in which linguistic structure learning is influenced by an assumption that such structures have meaning. I also study Japanese which gives me the excuse to read, watch, and listen to all things Japanese. Occasionally this inspires my research, but mostly I just like watching cheesy television and reading mystery novels in Japanese.


Karl Moritz Hermann - I'm currently a DPhil student in Oxford, where I work on compositional semantics and selectional preference. My educational background consists of an MA (Oxon.) in Computer Science and an MSc in International Politics, which were followed by a slight detour into the real world including some time at the European Commission and a few years as a management consultant in Berlin. Back in the UK I practice modern pentathlon, but will probably trade this in for some kite surfing here in L.A.


Sheldon Kwok - is a senior at the University of Southern California studying Chemical Engineering and Computer Science. He plans on pursuing a Masters in Computer Science after his undergraduate degree.He currently works on a visualization of Portland's traffic lights under the GAMBIT (Geospatial Analysis of Motion-Based Intelligence and Tracking) project with Rajiv and Yu-Han. While not programming or writing chemical engineering lab reports, Sheldon can be found running or playing tennis.


Naoya Inoue -  received his Bachelor's in Economics from Musashi University in 2008, and his Master's degree of Engineering from Nara Institute of Science and Technology in 2010. He is currently a doctoral student in the Graduate School of Information Sciences at Tohoku University. Currently he is engaged in developing abductive reasoning engine for large-scale knowledge bases, and has developed inference engine called Henry. During his three months stay, he intends to discover a reasonable application of abductive discourse understanding, as well as make the inference engine more efficient. Regarding his personal life, he is a kind of gourmet; he likes finding wonderful restaurants and bars in a new place and creating his own gourmet map. He will certainly be happy if you help him create an excellent gourmet map in MDR. He also would like to thank all the people who gave their warm hands to Japan when the big earthquake hit in this March.  


Ajinkya Waghulde - I am a Game developer at USC Viterbi School of Engineering. I have completed my bachelors in Information Technology from University of Pune and now pursuing my masters in CS Game Development at USC. Currently I am working with Jihie Kim and Erin Shaw for their research project PedGames. Also, I am the lead programmer on the development team for developing serious mobile game for the U.S. Department of Energy. Previously, worked with Infosys Technologies Ltd. India for 1.5 years.  My interest in gaming compelled me to switch to game programming and hence I applied to USC. Started with a Final Games project ‘Holodeck’ at school which is a Virtual Reality game. Finalists (with a group of friends) in MEPC 2011-2012. Gaming is a major sector of entertainment and now it has been involved in other fields too like education, learning through simulations and serious games so would like to work on it in future too. I like sculpting abstract wall arts and murals, miniature buildings in free time. Also, playing games and hiking.


Yaqin Yang - I’m a third-year PhD student in the Department of Computer Science at Brandeis University. I’m interested in applying machine learning and statistical models to Natural Language Processing. My current focuses are to extract and recover implicit information, such as dropped pronouns and discourse relations, in natural language text. 



Shannon Wang - is a rising senior at Gretchen Whitney High School. She's interested in math, computer science, literature, and foreign languages; she aspires to become a computer science or applied mathematics major in college. Recently, she's revising a paper on functionals and writing another one on romanticism. Her hobbies include reading, writing, debating, and listening to music. She loves reading; her current favorite novel is a tossup between Les Miserables and A Place of Greater Safety. Her favorite nonfictional books are on music.




Nathan Schneider - is a doctoral student in Carnegie Mellon University's Language Technologies Institute, where he studies natural language processing and computational linguistics, advised by Noah Smith. The focus of his research is machine learning for computational semantics, including lexical semantics and frame semantics. Previously he studied Computer Science and Linguistics as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley. He enjoys playing violin and learning other languages, and is acquainted with Hebrew, Arabic, French, and German. A native Californian who grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, Nathan is thrilled to be back in the Golden State for the summer to help computers "understand" for translation.


Jacob Andreas received his BSc in computer science from Columbia in 2012, with a thesis on semantics-based machine translation; he will spend next year at Cambridge on a Churchill Scholarship before beginning his PhD at UC Berkeley. In previous summers he has worked at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Microsoft and Google.



Fei Huang is a 4th year Ph.D student at Temple University, Computer and Information Science department.  She got her Bachelor degree in Harbin Institute of Technology in China. Her research interests are in Text mining, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning  and now, she is working on the domain adaptation on sequential labeling tasks using graphical models.  Fei Huang has several papers published or accepted for publication in refereed conferences and workshops so far, including the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) and the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP). Fei Huang is currently working on metaphor interpretation project as her summer internship in Alelo and ISI. She likes watching movie, singing karaoke, etc in her spare time.



Akanxa Padhi is a second year Master’s student in the department of Electrical Engineering at University of Southern California. Her major area of study is Signal Processing. She is also interested and taken courses on Pattern Recognition and Applied Probability and Linear Algebra. She has done projects on Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Functional MRI (Resting State Networks Analysis), and Scene Recognition as a part of her coursework. Apart from that, she works at the Interaction Laboratory at USC where she is helping a PhD student on a project on “Hand gesture locus during human interactions in the presence of a robot”. In the summer of 2012, she is having a great time at the Information Sciences Institute exploring an entirely new area of research on Network Citation Dynamics. Her goal is to be a part of interdisciplinary research involving Signal Processing, Pattern Classification and Applied Mathematics. She enjoys reading books, drawing and poetry. She is really fond of pets, especially dogs. Mathematics fascinates her. And lately, she has been experimenting with her culinary and photographic skills.



Ada Wan is working on MT of endangered languages of Papua New Guinea with David Chiang. She grew up in both Hong Kong and California. After some undergraduate and graduate work in theoretical linguistics at UCLA, she went on to study philosophy and art history in Germany before her recent return to linguistics. Her interest in analyzing and processing languages comprehensively led her to NLP/CL. She likes occupying her head with creative approaches to multilingual modeling using data-intensive methods, and can hardly think of a better way to live life than that unless she is busy traveling, sleeping, learning about languages, taking photos of everything, maximizing other potentials, or doing nothing.

Taylor Berg Kirkpatrick - I'm working on decipherment with Kevin Knight this summer. I'm a graduate student at UC Berkeley working with Dan Klein. I like unsupervised learning and fast cars.



Qiang Ning majored in Electronic Engineering and is also pursuing a second degree in Economics, both in Tsinghua University, Beijing ,China. He is a junior now. Qiang’s research experience includes the following: 1. July, 2011-Present, research assistant in Institute of Human-computer Interaction (HCI) and Media Integration, under the guide of Prof. Jiangtao Wen, IEEE fellow. During the past, he’s done some work in super-resolution of images and multi-camera panoramic scene reconstruction. 2.Mar, 2012 - June, 2012, internship in Microsoft Research Asia, during which he participated in indoor localization. Qiang’s mentor in ISI is Dr. Yu-Han Chang. The project Dr. Chang assigned him to work on is Cruiser. Qiang will only stay here for a short time, and will work hard and to make full use of the time. As for Qiang’s interests, he has a broad interest in ball games, such as basketball, football, ping-pong and badminton.