College Hall A, Room 4B
wswu at hawaii dot edu
Aloha! I am an assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. I study language and technology.
Before coming to UH Hilo, I was a postdoc at the University of Michigan working with Rada Mihalcea and Lu Wang at the intersection of NLP and computational social science. I received my Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, where I was affiliated with the Center for Language and Speech Processing and worked with David Yarowsky on NLP across thousands of languages. Before that, I earned my undergraduate degrees in computer science (as a Turing Scholar) and in Latin (salvē!) from UT Austin, where I worked with Katrin Erk on computational semantics.
My research interests are in natural language processing and computational social science. My research falls under the larger umbrella of AI for Social Good. Broadly, I seek to develop and study language technologies that educate and improve our lives. Some directions I have recently been interested in include breaking down language barriers for low-resource languages and understanding societal biases and cultural values in multilingual data and models.
I'm looking for motivated students to work with. If you are a current UH Hilo student interested in natural language processing or data science research, please send me an email!