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Ryan Bernstein

Ryan Bernstein
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2016 - current

Department:
Computer Science

Undergraduate Institution:
University of Washington, Seattle

IGERT faculty advisor:
Yaniv Erlich, Itsik Pe'er

Primary email:
ryan.bernstein@columbia.edu

Research Area:
I work on machine learning for computational biology applications. Currently, I am working at the New York Genome Center to uncover patterns in large human genome datasets.

Nishi Cestero

Nishi Cestero
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2016 - current

Department:
Computer Science

Undergraduate Institution:
Boston University

IGERT faculty advisor:
Julia Hirschberg

Primary email:
nc2576@columbia.edu

Research Area:
I work in the Speech Processing Lab, and I'm interested in applying computational methods to neuroimaging in order to inform natural language processing problems, such as deceptive and emotional speech.

Robert Colgan

Robert Colgan
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2014 - current

Department:
Computer Science

Undergraduate Institution:
Columbia University

IGERT faculty advisor:
Peter Belhumeur

Primary email:
colgan@cs.columbia.edu

Research Area:
I work on problems in computer vision, including visual classification and video analysis. I am also interested in machine learning and applying learning techniques to improve the performance of vision systems.

Tom Effland

Tom Effland
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2015 - current

Department:
Computer Science

Undergraduate Institution:
SUNY, University at Buffalo

IGERT faculty advisor:
Luis Gravano

Primary email address: teffland@cs.columbia.edu

Research Area:
I work on information extraction from natural language text. Currently, I'm particularly interested in extracting information from social media to inform decisions and investigations in public health.

Joseph Ellis

Joseph Ellis
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2012 - current

Department:
Electrical Engineering

Undergraduate Institution:
University of San Diego

IGERT faculty advisor:
Shih-Fu Chang

Primary email address: jge2105@columbia.edu

Research Area:
I work on problems on video analysis and understanding. I am particularly interested in novel ways to combine and utilize features from separates modalities such as audio, video, text, and metatdata that can be found multimedia content.

Felix Grezes

Felix Grezes
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2012 - current

Department:
Computer Science Undergraduate

Institution:
Universite Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC Paris 6)

IGERT faculty advisor:
Pr. Andrew Rosenberg

Primary email address: fgrezes@gc.cuny.edu

Research Area:
My research area centers on Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning. My current focus is on Reservoir Computing, a recent development in Neural Networks. In the past I have worked on Acoustic Prosody, Computational Biology, and Artificial Intelligence.

Craig Gutterman

Craig Gutterman
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2014 - current

Department:
Electrical Engineering

Undergraduate Institution:
Rutgers University

IGERT faculty advisor:
Gil Zussman

Primary email:
clg2168@columbia.edu

Research Area:
I work in the Wireless and Mobile Networking Lab, focusing on networking protocols. My current research interests include network sciences, distributed algorithms and mobile network protocols.

Chris Hidey

Chris Hidey
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2014 - current

Department:
Computer Science

Undergraduate Institution:
University of Maryland

IGERT faculty advisor:
Kathleen McKeown

Primary email:
chidey@cs.columbia.edu

Research Area:
My interests are in natural language processing, focusing on question answering.

Tyler Joseph

Tyler Joseph
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2016 - current

Department:
Computer Science

Undergraduate Institution:
CUNY - The City College of New York

IGERT faculty advisor:
Yaniv Erlich

Primary email:
tjoseph@cs.columbia.edu

Research Area:
My research interests are in computational biology. In particular, I am interested in developing statistical and computational techniques to analyze genetic data.

Melody Ju

Melody Ju
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2015 - current

Department:
Computer Science

Institution:
Columbia University

IGERT faculty advisor:
Kathleen McKeown

Primary email address: melody@cs.columbia.edu

Research Area:
I am interested in natural language processing and its applications to literary and cultural studies.

Fei-Tzin Lee

Fei-Tzin Lee
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2016 - current

Department:
Computer Science

Institution:
Columbia University

IGERT faculty advisor:
Kathleen McKeown

Primary email address: feitzin@cs.columbia.edu

Research Area:
My areas of interest are natural language processing and machine learning. I'm interested in applying deep learning to text in order to gain insight into human behavior.

Alain Lemaire

Alain Lemaire (Affiliate)
Year(s) active in IGERT: Affiliate

Department:
Marketing- Columbia Business School

Institution:
Columbia University- SEAS

IGERT faculty advisor:
Oded Netzer

Primary email address: alemaire18@mail.gsb.columbia.edu

Research Area:
My research revolves around the analysis of behavioral data, with the goal of understanding and predicting customer shopping/purchasing activities, and conducting customer relationship management.

Sarah Ita Levitan

Sarah Ita Levitan
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2012 - current

Department:
Computer Science

Institution:
Brooklyn College (CUNY)

IGERT faculty advisor:
Julia Hirschberg

Primary email address: sarahita@cs.columbia.edu

Research Area:
I am interested in natural language processing, specifically spoken language processing. I am currently working on a project that aims to identify cues to deceptive speech across cultures, with the goal of developing techniques to automatically detect deception in spoken language.

Alexander Loh

Alexander Loh
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2015 - current

Department:
Electrical Engineering

Undergraduate Institution:
Rutgers University

IGERT faculty advisor:
Gil Zussman

Primary email:
al3475@columbia.edu

Research Area:
I am interested in the fields of communications and networking.

Laura Long

Laura Long
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2016 - current

Department:
Electrical Engineering (Program: Neurobiology and Behavior)

Undergraduate Institution:
University of Virginia

IGERT faculty advisor:
Nima Mesgarani

Primary email:
lkl2124@columbia.edu

Research Area:
Language processing, especially speech perception, in the human brain.

Daniel Miau

Daniel Miau
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2014 - current

Department:
Computer Science

Undergraduate Institution:
National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

IGERT faculty advisor:
Steven Feiner

Primary email:
dmiau@cs.columbia.edu

Research Area:
My research interests include computer vision, visualization and augmented reality. My current focus is on designing personalized interactive visualization techniques to support understanding of location-based data, particularly on mobile and wearable devices. In the past, I have worked on computational imaging and computational photography.

Tasha Nagamine

Tasha Nagamine
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2014 - current

Department:
Electrical Engineering

Undergraduate Institution:
Brown University

IGERT faculty advisor:
Nima Mesgarani

Primary email:
tanagamine@gmail.com

Research Area:
Neural basis of speech processing and perception, deep neural networks for automatic speech recognition.

Jessica Ouyang

Jessica Ouyang
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2012 - current

Department:
Computer Science

Undergraduate Institution:
University of Pennsylvania

IGERT faculty advisor:
Kathy McKeown

Primary email address: ouyangj@cs.columbia.edu

Research Area:
I work on automatically detecting narrative structure. I am interested in exploring the relationship between narrative structure and discourse relations, as well as how structure impacts narrative quality and reader interest.

Rimma Pivovarov

Rimma Pivovarov
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2012 - 2015

Department:
Biomedical Informatics

Undergraduate Institution:
Northeastern University

IGERT faculty advisor:
Noémie Elhadad

Primary email address: rp2521@cumc.columbia.edu

Research Area:
My research interest is large-scale mining of the electronic health record (EHR). I am currently focusing on EHR summarization across heterogeneous and irregularly sampled clinical data.

Anna Prokofieva

Anna Prokofieva (Affiliate)
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2012 - 2016

Department:
Computer Science

Undergraduate Institution:
McGill University

IGERT faculty advisor:
Julia Hirschberg

Primary email address: prokofieva@cs.columbia.edu

Research Area:
Hedge words are indicators of a lack of speaker commitment to what is being said. I'm investigating anomaly in speech and text by looking at hedging behaviors in dialogue.

Colin Raffel

Colin Raffel
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2012 - current

Department:
Electrical Engineering

Undergraduate Institution:
Oberlin College

IGERT faculty advisor:
Dan Ellis

Primary email address: craffel@gmail.com

Research Area:
Learning-based methods for processing, analyzing, and synthesizing signals with applications to audio and music.

Victor Rodriguez

Victor Rodriguez
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2016 - current

Department:
Biomedical Informatics

Undergraduate Institution:
University of California, Berkeley/San Francisco State University

IGERT faculty advisor:
Noémie Elhadad

Primary email address: var2112@cumc.columbia.edu

Research Area:
I am interested in mining the electronic health record to create models for disease risk assessment. I am particularly focused on leveraging physiologic data and health provider notes to forecast disease and mortality risk for patients in the ICU.

Ethan Rouen

Ethan Rouen (Affiliate)
Year(s) active in IGERT: Affiliate

Department:
Accounting - Columbia Business School

Undergraduate Institution:
University of Wisconsin - Madison

IGERT faculty advisor:
TBD

Primary email:
ethanrouen@columbia.edu

Research Area:
My research interests involve developing ways to structure diffuse business, economic, and political data to provide new insights into firm and market behavior. I'm currently working on a project that examines what the relationship between naturally occurring mathematical properties and corporate financial reports can tell us about the accuracy of those reports.

Matthew Ryan Sisco

Matthew Ryan Sisco
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2015 - current

Department:
Psychology

Undergraduate Institution:
Fairleigh Dickinson University

IGERT ​faculty advisor:
Prof. Elke Weber

Primary email:
ms4403@columbia.edu

Research Area:
I work on methods for measuring psychological variables through automatically retrievable data (e.g. digital news data, social media data, etc.). I pair these measurements with other abundant data sources such as climate and weather data to study psychological processes related to global environmental problems. ​

Rose Sloan

Rose Sloan
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2016 - current

Department:
Computer Science

Undergraduate Institution:
Yale University

IGERT ​faculty advisor:
Julia Hirschberg

Primary email:
rns2144@columbia.edu

Research Area:
I am interested in problems in natural language processing.

Brian A. Smith

Brian A. Smith
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2015 - current

Department:
Computer Science

Undergraduate Institution:
Columbia University

IGERT ​faculty advisor:
Shree Nayar

Primary email:
brian@cs.columbia.edu

Research Area:
My research combines computer vision, ubiquitous computing, data analytics, and game design to help technology fit into the bigger picture of people's everyday lives.

Max Lee Tucker da Silva

Max Lee Tucker da Silva
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2014 - current

Department:
Computer Science

Undergraduate Institution:
Carnegie Mellon University

IGERT ​faculty advisor:
Augustin Chaintreau

Primary email:
mlt2158@columbia.edu

Research Area:
I am interested in computational problems with social implications. My current work is focused on online tracking and targeted advertising systems with applications towards privacy preservation.​

Elsbeth Turcan

Elsbeth Turcan
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2016 - current

Department:
Computer Science

Undergraduate Institution:
George Washington University

IGERT ​faculty advisor:
Kathleen McKeown

Primary email:
eturcan@cs.columbia.edu

Research Area:
I am interested in natural language processing, particularly combined with psychology and linguistics to compare our computer methods with people's understanding and generation of natural languages.​

Laura Willson

Laura Willson
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2013 - 2015

Department:
Computer Science

Undergraduate Institution:
Barnard College

IGERT faculty advisor:
Julia Hirschberg

Primary email address: willson@cs.columbia.edu

Research Area:
I work in the Spoken Language Processing lab on Speech to Speech Translation. My research focuses on cross-lingual prosody -- how to translate not just what people say but how they say it.

Olivia Alicea Winn

Olivia Alicea Winn
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2014 - current

Department:
Computer Science

Undergraduate Institution:
Columbia University

IGERT faculty advisor:
Smaranda Muresan

Primary email:
olivia@cs.columbia.edu

Research Area:
I am interested in studying how to correlate textual descriptions and image features, specifically for finding discriminatory detail useful for fine-grained classification.

Jie Yuan

Jie Yuan
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2015 - current

Department:
Computer Science

Undergraduate Institution:
Cornell University

IGERT faculty advisor:
Yaniv Erlich

Primary email:
jyuan@cs.columbia.edu

Research Area:
I am interested in applications of machine learning to problems in statistical genetics, such as the detection of family relationships using gene sequencing data.

Minshu Zhan

Minshu Zhan
Year(s) active in IGERT: 2014 - 2015

Department:
Electrical Engineering

Undergraduate Institution:
MIT

IGERT faculty advisor:
Dan Ellis

Primary email:
mz2468@columbia.edu

Research Area:
I am interested in machine learning and signal processing techniques as applied to music information retrieval and generic audio recognition.