Artificial Intelligence

Welcome to our 2013 Interns!!

I am Nial Alwash, and I attend the Harvard-Westlake School. Currently I am working on getting computers to understand and speak English thru the ISI Natural Language Generator. I am not sure yet exactly what I want to be, but I am aiming towards a field with math and sciences. I play soccer and football as well as the piano.

Daniel Bauer is a fourth year PhD candidate at Columbia University. 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 combines syntactic and semantic parsing, knowledge representation, and inference to make natural language processing systems more aware of the things and relations we talk about in the real world. He is a co-founder of WordsEye, an online social media tool that allows anyone to easily create and share 3D scenes by describing them in natural language. After spending last summer at ISI, exploring formal grammar methods for graphs and semantics-based machine translation, Daniel decided to return for a second internship to continue this work. He also enjoys discovering new places, hiking, cooking, and playing his guitar.


Andre Blessing -  I received my Dipl.-Inf. degree in computer science from the University of Stuttgart in 2004. Since 2004 I am working as a researcher at the Institute for Natural Language Processing (IMS) in Stuttgart. Between 2005 and 2011 I worked with Prof. Hinrich Schuetze on relation extraction and distant supervision for the geospatial domain. In 2012 I joined Prof. Jonas Kuhn group in the field of digital humanities. I am member of two projects: CLARIN-D and eIdentity. CLARIN-D has the goal to create a large infrastructure which can by used by the digital humanities community. EIdentity is a collaborative project between computational linguists and social scientists and questions how multiple collective identities evolve in political crises.


Fabienne Braune is a PhD student at the University of Stuttgart in Germany since end 2009. She took her M.A. in French linguistics in 2006 and M.Sc. in computer science in 2010 both at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. Her research focuses on syntax-based machine translation from a theoretical as well as practical point of view. Besides doing research she likes to play board games


Jianliang Chen - I am studying computer science (class of 2015) in USC. I am working for Prof. Knoblock in the linked data project, which is building an educational tool to explore data about art in museum. Students and visitors can use this tool to find interesting connections between artists and artworks. In terms of future goal, I will probably pursue higher degree in computer science after my undergraduate and I am interested in machine learning, data mining and artificial intelligence in future study. I also like photography and travelling.


Afton Coombs is a graduate student in the Department of Linguistics here at the University of Southern California.  She completed her undergraduate degrees across town at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has just finished her first year of graduate study.  Her research interests include phonology of stress, tone and reduplication, phonological modeling of secret and game languages, and formal semantics.  If you are familiar with a spoken code language or a childhood language game, she would probably be very interested to speak with you!  While at ISI she will be working on the Abstract Meaning Representation project.  Outside of research, Afton loves dancing and reading good books.


Akshay Dani is majoring in Computer Science at University of Southern California (USC), where he expects to receive his Master of Science in Computer Science in May 2014. He received his Bachelor of Technology degree in Information Technology from College of Engineering, Pune. During undergraduate studies, he developed many projects in Computer Network, Database and Operating System domain. Currently he is working on big data analysis and cleanup under Professor Pedro Szekely at ISI.


Natalie Feingold is a rising junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Morehead-Cain Scholar. She majors in Linguistics and Russian language and literature. In the past she has worked at the UNC Language Processing lab as a research assistant, the Smithsonian Museums of Asian Art (Freer/Sackler Galleries) as a videographer, and the Kitezh Children's Community in Kaluga, Russia as a volunteer and teacher. She has also worked with the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages as part of their Language Hotspot Database team. In the future Natalie would like to pursue a higher degree in computational linguistics and become fluent in Russian and other languages. Natalie's interests include endangered language preservation, film-making, technical theater, and watching cartoons. She would also like to add that she loves animals and has had two pet squirrels in the past.


Vineet Gadodia - I am a 2nd year graduate student pursuing Masters in Computer Science at USC Viterbi School of Engineering. I have completed my bachelors in Information Science in 2012. My area of interest revolves around Information Integration, Machine Learning and Web Semantics. Currently I hold a web developer position in Roski School of fine arts. I have done a project on Information Extraction and used that as a part of my android development. In the summer of 2013, I am having great time in ISI exploring the area of research on Data Integration and Mining under Prof Craig Knoblock and Prof Pedro Szekely.  My major role in the research as of now is of a Data analyst. My goal is to be a part of the interdisciplinary research involving Information Integration and Machine Learning. Besides studies, I am very fond of travelling and exploring new places.


Deepak Garg is a final year B.Tech student in Computer Science and Engineering Department at Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar (IITRopar), India. He is a summer undergraduate research intern at ISI under the prestigious Viterbi-India Program. He is currently working under Prof. Aram Galstyan and Kristina Lerman on a project that focuses on semantic analysis of social networks. His research interests include Data Mining, Machine Learning Algorithms, Natural Language Processing and Social Networks. He is interested in doing research in future and aspires to use computer science technologies to influence and change the world. Deepak likes exploring new places, listening to music and watching Cricket.


Jin Hu is an undergraduate student from Tsinghua University, China. He is now working on the project dealing with geospatial data and the integration of data mining into Karma in Professor Knoblock's group. His research interests include machine learning algorithms and social network analyses. He worked on entity match problem and building academic search engine before coming to ISI. He is looking forword to further education on machine learning after graduation. His interests include various kinds of sports, so feel free to contact him whenever you want to play basketball, tennis, swimming, etc.


Ayush Jaiswal - I am a final year BTech (Computer Science & Engineering) student at National Institute of Technology Calicut in India. I have come to USC Information Sciences Institute for research internship under the Viterbi-India program. I am interested in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Mining, and Natural Language Processing. I wish to pursue higher studies in these fields and go into research. In the recent past, I have worked on Coreference Resolution and the application of Coreference Resolution to improve Keyphrase Extraction. At ISI, I am working under Professor Knoblock on geospatial data and the integration of data mining into Karma ( I like to spend my free time doing very varied kind of things: watching television and movies, reading fiction and Psychology, listening to rock music, and learning Spanish.


Jackie Lee is a visiting research assistant working with Prof. David Chiang. Her summer project is about machine translation for low-resource African languages. She is currently a Ph.D student at the Spoken Language Systems group at CSAIL, MIT. Her research focuses on unsupervised learning methods for acoustic modeling and pronunciation lexicon learning. She is eager to do some water sports over the summer in LA, so if you have any advice on how to get started, please contact her.


Yuting Liu - I am currently an undergrad studying Computer Science at USC (Class 2014). I work with Dr. Knoblock and Dr. Szekely on building an open-source educational web application to visualize data on Semantic Web. I contribute in applying machine learning techniques to take in consideration of user feedbacks about our application. I am interested in areas of machine learning, artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction(HCI) and I would like to apply computing techniques into other areas to solve problems like aging society and diabetes. I am also an alto member of USC Trojan Marching Band and I serve on the board of Women in Computing Club in USC to promote young female computer science students in this field.


Animesh Manglik - I am currently a Master's student majoring in Computer Science at Univresity of Southern California. Presently I am working on Pubby – A Linked Data Frontend for SPARQL Endpoints under the guidance of Professor Craig Knoblock and Pedro Szekely. I enjoy hikes and photography.


Elliot Meyerson grew up outside of DC, currently attends Wesleyan University in Connecticut, majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. Broadly interested in artificial intelligence, but particularly computational creativity. Working this summer with Kevin on automatic translation/generation of poetry. Worked summer 2012 on statistical text simplification at Bard College. Plans to pursue a PhD in computer science after graduating. Thoroughly enjoys games such as Chess, Go, mtg, etc.; and athletics, e.g., tennis, soccer, basketball; so, let me know if you want to.


Shrikanth Narayanan - Graduate Student at The University Of Southern California. Working as Database - student assistant at USC Graduate School. Research Interest: Databases, Large scale information systems and Data analysis. About me:  After getting a Bachelor degree in Information Technology, I worked a little over 2 yrs in the fields of health care and, social networks involving students and academia. My work involved data intensive systems using open source technologies. Currently focusing my graduate studies in data sciences - machine learning techniques and statistical analysis, and envision to work on vast data analytics and aggregation problems in future. I would attribute myself as passionate coder, adventure loving and multi-dimensional.  @ISI working under Prof. Knoblock, developing a prediction engine for user locations based on cellphone device centric data, collected over a period of time. Working on Predictive Modeling tasks in the project.


Arvind Neelakantan - I just completed my MS in Computer Science at Columbia University and will be joining a Ph.D. program from Fall 2013. My research interests are in the intersection of natural language processing and machine learning. At Columbia University, I worked with Michael Collins on developing semi-supervised learning algorithms for Named Entity Recognition. Before joining Columbia University, I completed a bachelor's degree at National Institute of Technology, Trichy (India)


Malte Nuhn  is a visiting research assistant working with Prof. Kevin Knight. During the summer, he will be working on improved language models for decipherment. Malte is currently a Ph.D student at the Human Language Technology and Pattern Recognition Group at RWTH Aachen University. His research focuses on automatic decipherment and its applications to machine translation. Malte is trying to improve his road cycling skills over the summer: Every day he is riding 20 miles on his bicycle to get to/from ISI.


Megha Srivastava is a rising senior at the Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City, CA. Her favorite subjects are math, computer science, chemistry, and photography, and loves learning about the interdisciplinary aspects of each of these fields. She has interned at ISI for the past couple of summers, and is interested in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the applications of computer science in cryptography. She has also taken a class at the University of Pennsylvania in nanotechnology, and will also spend time interning at the California NanoSystems Institute. Besides pursuing her interest in research, Megha enjoys swimming, photography, and serving the community through community service clubs at her school.


Abhishek Sundararajan is enrolled in undergraduate studies in Bangalore, India. Currently a Master's student in Viterbi in Electrical Engineering. He spent the spring of 2013 in Tokyo and will be graduating in December 2013. "Don't know what the future holds, but I hope it involves California. My hobbies include hiking. Mt. Baldy before the summer is over."


Melisa Tallis - I’m a second year undergraduate physics major at UCSD. This summer at ISI, I will be assisting Kristina Lerman with a project concerning the information flow through social networks . Specifically we will be focusing on patterns of citations in scientific papers. At UCSD, I am assisting Adam Burgasser with his research on low mass stars, which are called Brown Dwarfs. My plans for the future includes traveling and doing research in astrophysics. I play for the UCSD women’s collegiate soccer team and my hobbies include free-style soccer, riding my bike, and listening to music.


Shannon Wang is a recent graduate from Whitney High School and is a rising freshman at Caltech. She plans on double majoring in physics and computer science and hopes to participate in research that will make progress in those fields. Her interests include reading, writing, and watching sci-fi/fantasy show.


Harry Zhang is an incoming junior student in Viterbi School of Engineering, majoring in Electrical Engineering. I have been exploring different fields about engineering since I changed my major to EE by joining in project groups. I worked in an 3D printing group to help a phD student designing and testing circuits, I worked on a website with my friends programming the front-end, and now I am working with professor Knoblock and my job is to visualize linked data. Those experiences brought me into the colorful world of engineering and helped me find out what I really like, and I also learned a lot of practical skills. Currently I want to put my focus in human-computer interaction.


Mohammad Shaarif Zia- I am currently a Master's Student majoring in Computer Science at University of Southern California . My primary area of interest revolves around the Data Science Field. Presently, I am working for the Huawei-USC Collaboration Project under the guidance of Professor Craig Knoblock. The project primarily focusses on the unified approach to Information Integration and Data Mining and I am responsible for the machine learning aspect of the project. I am also working as a Student Programmer at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. I also enjoy traveling, meeting new people and learning their culture.