I am currently a third-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science at the University of Southern California. My advisor is Professor Kevin Knight at the Information Science Institute in Marina del Rey. I'm interested in novel problems in natural language processing, and how machine learning can be used to solve them.

Prior to beginning graduate work, I earned a B.S. in Computer Science and a Minor in Modern Languages (German and Arabic) from Stanford University in 2013.

Prior to that, I was a dedicated word nerd.

Natural Language Seminar


I no longer organize the weekly Natural Language Seminar at ISI. However, if you research something related to NLP/Machine Learning, contact the current organizer, Xing Shi, if you're interested! You might get a free trip to LA, or a nice lunch with ISI folks.



"How to Make a Frenemy: Multitape FSTs for Portmanteau Generation" (Aliya Deri and Kevin Knight), Proc. NAACL, 2015. Get paper. Get data. Try demo. Cite.

"Grapheme-to-Phoneme Models for (Almost) Any Language" (Aliya Deri and Kevin Knight), Proc. ACL, 2016. Get paper. Get data and models. Cite.

"Leveraging Entity Linking and Related Language Projection to Improve Name Transliteration" (Ying Lin, Xiaoman Pan, Aliya Deri, Heng Ji, and Kevin Knight), Proc. ACL 2016 Workshop on Named Entities. Get paper.