Research Assistant Professor of Computer Science
I am a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Southern California and at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. I am a member of the Natural Language Dialogue Group at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. Previously I was a Research Scientist in the Natural Language Processing and Speech Research Group at the Educational Testing Service, and before that a Research Fellow in the Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation at the School of Informatics of the University of Edinburgh.
My research focuses on natural language processing and artificial intelligence with a particular interest in spoken dialogue processing. The underlying concept behind my research work is how to make spoken dialogue systems more human-like, robust to errors and misunderstandings, and adaptive to different types of human users and situations. My research interests include all aspects of spoken dialogue processing with a focus on statistical dialogue management (reinforcement learning of dialogue policies), expressive conversational speech synthesis, and speech recognition.
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