Abigail Bartolome

Virginia Tech · Blacksburg, VA 24061 · abijbart@vt.edu

I am a second year Master's Student in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. I am a researcher in the Digital Library Research Laboratory advised by Professor Edward Fox . My research interests are in Natural Language Processing and Digital Libraries.

CV available upon request



In my research, I am interested in Social Computing and Natural Language Processing.

I am currently involved in the Global Event and Trend Archive Research project. The Digital Library Research Laboratory has collected over 1.5 billion tweets. I use Natural Language Processing techniques to study tweets from communities in order to understand their values, interests, and cultures. My thesis focuses on describing the cultures of trail communties by studying those of the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and Pacific Crest Trail, as well as the cultures of backpacking and Leave No Trace.

I am a graduate research assistant on a privately funded project that aims to automate the process for summarizing legal depositions. This project integrates manual efforts with natural language processing techniques to automate the process for summarizing legal depositions.

I was involved in the Social Interactome project. I treated the text collected in a social network for addiction recovery as a digital library, and then used natural language processing techniques to learn about how the participants communicate with each other. I built classifiers to determine if success stories were being shared in the social network and used data analytics techniques to evaluate the social connectivity between two network topologies.

Workshop Publications

ACM CHI 2018 HCI Outdoors

ACM GROUP 2018 Technology on the Trail Workshop


Virginia Tech

Master of Science
Computer Science

GPA: 3.95

August 2016 - May 2018

Virginia Tech

Bachelor of Science
Computer Science

Minor in Mathematics

August 2012 - May 2016

Teaching Experience

Graduate Teaching Assistant

CS 2114 Software Design and Data Structures

Teaching and administering lab sections, holding office hours to help students with questions about data structures and design, holding practice problem sessions so that students can practice tracing and writing Java, proctoring tests, and grading projects

August 2017 - Present

Graduate Teaching Assistant

CS 1114 Introduction to Software Design

Taught and administered two lab sections each semester, held office hours to help students with questions they may have about Java, held test review sessions, proctored test, and graded projects

August 2016 - May 2017

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

CS 1054 Introduction to Java

Led a weekly recitation to help students on topics where they lack confidence, taught and administered two lab sections, held office hours to help students with questions about Java, proctored tests, and graded projects

January 2016 - May 2016

Industry Experience

Intel Corporation

Tools Flows Methodologies Validation Intern

Optimized an address picking tool for testing by finding break values and evaluating memory consumption of expensive functions

June 2017 - August 2017

Intel Corporation

Design Automation Engineering Intern

Assured the quality of a tool integral to the soft IP design process by comparing the performance of its update to its predecessor to ensure that the updated tool would not hinder the existing workflow

Automated tool auditing processes and work flows, debugged legacy tools, and provided tool support for customers

Refactored and enhanced legacy scripts to accomodate new requirements, supported Embedded IP's continuous integration system, and wrote a script to make the process of updating tools seamless on a massive scale

June 2016 - August 2016
June 2015 - August 2015
May 2014 - January 2015


I love spending my time outdoors, especially hiking. I am particularly enthusiastic about backpacking, hiking trails, and National Parks. Although, anytime I can enjoy being in the mountains is a happy time for me. When traveling away to a more metropolitain area, and away from my beloved mountains, you can probably find me searching for (and getting lost in) an art museum.

If you find me reading research papers outside of my domain, it's probably due to my personal interests in sociology, linguistics, and anthropology (and my fervent determination to tie those interests into my own research efforts).