I am a first year PhD student at Notre Dame in the Computer Science and Engineering Program where I am advised by David Chiang. I am interested in Machine Learning and Statistical Approaches to Natural Language Processing, and in particular, Machine Translation. Specifically, I find morphologically rich languages such as Arabic to be an interesting research question within this field.
Prior to starting at Notre Dame, I have had the good fortune to work in a variety of research labs with many excellent advisors. Most recently, I was a Research Associate at the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) working with Dr. Stephan Vogel on Machine Translation. I was in the Arabic Language Technologies Group and primarily focus on translating to and from Arabic. Before that, I received a Master's in Language Technologies from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science’s Language Technologies Institute. I was advised by Professor Daniel Neill and worked in the Event and Pattern Detection Lab on incorporating unstructured text into event detection. I was also very active in the Machine Translation Group contributing to the 2013 WMT task and leading paper discussions in the reading group with a particular focus on Quality Estimation.
Prior to CMU, I graduated from Princeton University’s School of Engineering where I majored in Computer Science. My Senior Thesis at Princeton was “Summarization by Latent Dirichlet Allocation” which used a randomly selected corpus of 1,000 articles from Wikipedia and then generated 10 sentence summaries of each article. Advised by David Blei, our results were statistically significant — demonstrating better summaries than two other leading methods from the field. A copy of the thesis can be obtained under the Research Interests Section.
Outside of research, I have spent some time in industry. While at CMU, I worked part-time at Alon Lavie's startup, Safaba Translation Solutions, building tailored translation engines for corporate clients to internationalize their communications. I also worked as an Engineer at Microsoft on Dynamics CRM Online working on the back end of a large scale cloud service. My projects included the backup system, deployment, and internationalization of the product to 40 languages in 41 countries. I also spent some time working on startups including the innovative Lighter Capital who are dying to give away some money to small businesses.