Hi, I'm Aaron! I help computers interact with natural human language.
I work on improving language technologies—primarily machine translation and information extraction. My research interests include endangered/low-resource language varieties, machine translation, sociolinguistics, and pragmatics. I'm supported in my PhD studies by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship.
I completed my B.S. in computer science and B.S. in linguistics at the University of Kentucky (UK), where I was a Gaines Fellow and Patterson Scholar. My thesis, which focused on neural machine translation for Canadian French, was advised by Ramakanth Kavuluru. Additional research at UK included predicting student grades with deep learning (advisors: Nathan Jacobs and Craig Rudick), diachronic corpus linguistic/sociolinguistic analyses of gender (advisor: Mark Richard Lauersdorf), and endangered language preservation—primarily San Juan Quiahije Chatino (advisors: Hilaria Cruz and Raphael Finkel).
Joining Raytheon BBN Technologies as an information extraction NLP intern
Began social media research collaborations with Mark Dredze
Started my PhD at Johns Hopkins
Joined UK's Institutional Research & Advanced Analytics team
Obtained my B.S. in Linguistics and B.S. in Computer Science
Studied Québec French in Montréal and Québec City for the winter
Joined UMass Amherst's SLANG Lab for the summer
In my (these-days limited) free time, I enjoy: