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.
Minor in Mathematics
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
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
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
Optimized an address picking tool for testing by finding break values and evaluating memory consumption of expensive functions
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
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).