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Research Staff Member
Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA


Professional Associations

Professional Associations:  Association for Computational Linguistics


I am a research staff member in the Question Answering AI group mainly focusing on Multilingual Question Answering.

I am a co-organizer of the 2021 SemEval Task: Statement Verification and Evidence Finding with Tables

I was previously a research staff member in the Healthcare and Life Sciences group working on Question Answering in the medical domain. I have also worked on some other projects at IBM that touch on my interests in Computational Social Science.

I was a co-organizer of the popular SemEval Task, "OffensEval: Identifying and Categorizing Offensive Language in Social Media": in 2019 and 2020

I was a co-organizer of the popular SemEval Task, "Sentiment Analysis in Twitter" that ran from 2013-2017.

Prior to joining IBM, my interests focused in applying Natural Language Processing to study Sociolinguistics in Social Media. I received my PhD in July 2015 from Columbia University under the advisement of Kathleen McKeown. My thesis was titled "Detecting Influencers in Social Media Discussions". This work included predicting demographics, opinion, agreement, persuasion, claims, and influencers in weblogs, micro-blogs, and discussion forums.

I previously worked on GALE, a Question/Answering System involving Machine Translation where I maintained the pipeline and various services. During my undergraduate degree I did research in using Rule Based Expert Systems for an Intelligent Tutor System at Ramapo College with Dr. Amruth Kumar