Department of Computer Science
1214 Amsterdam Avenue
450 Computer Science Building
Mail Code 0401
New York, NY 10027
Office: 704 Shapiro CEPSR
Phone: +1 (212) 939-7072
E-mail: last name at cs dot institution .edu
I am a lecturer in the Computer Science department at Columbia University in the City of New York.
Office HoursFall 2018: Wednesday 1:20-2:50pm, Thursday 12:30-2pm in 704 CEPSR.
- ENGI E1006 - Introduction to Computing for Engineers and Applied Scientists
- COMS W3137 - Honors Data Structures and Algorithms (taught in Java and Scala)
COMS W4705- Natural Language Processing (Spring / Fall 2018)
COMS W4701 - Artificial Intelligence (Fall 2017)
SHAPE Summer High School Academic Program for Engineers (Summer 2017 and 2018)
ENGI E1006 - Intro. to Computing for Engi. and Appl. Scientists (Since Spring 2017)
COMS W3137 - Honors Data Structures in Java (Spring 2017 / Spring 2018) COMS W3134 - Data Structures in Java (Spring / Fall 2015 & 2016)
COMS W3101 - Programming Languages: Python (Fall 2014)
COMS W3101 - Programming Languages: Scala (Fall 2014)
COMS W3101 - Programming Languages: Python (Spring 2012)
ResearchI am not currently offering summer research oportunities.
My current research interests in computer science education include integrating functional programming into the cs curriculum, understanding how pre-college computing experience shapes performance and attitudes in introductory computer science courses, and techniques for improving student engagement.
My background is in Natural Language Processing / Computational Linguistics.
The long-term mission of my research in that area is to develop systems that can accurately interpret natural language in a multimodal environment and in linguistic discourse.
My research interests touch on syntactic and semantic parsing, grammar formalisms, lexical and computational semantics, knowledge representation, machine learning, and Computer Science education.
In my dissertation, I used synchronous graph grammars to translate sentences into graph-based representations of their meaning and developed efficient algorithms for grammar induction and parsing.
Education2017 - Ph.D. Computer Science, Columbia University
2010 - M.Sc. in Language Science and Technology, Saarland University, Germany
2007 - B.Sc. Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrück, Germany.
OtherI am a co-founder of WordsEye, a startup company that enables anyone to create 3D scenes by simply describing them in natural language.
I was an issue editor for the ACM XRDS Fall 2014 Issue on Natural Language.