About Me

I am a Junior at Northwestern University studying Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, advised by Prof. Doug Downey. My current research focuses on methods of evaluating and improving models for Natural Language Processing.

My research interests include machine learning and many of its applications: natural language processing, computer vision, and image processing. I’m particularly excited by the generation of new knowledge from unstructured data.


> Research Assistant, Northwestern EECS January 2017 - Present

Principal Investigator: Prof. Doug Downey
I developed and co-authored a paper on the VecShare framework for sharing word embedding NLP models over the internet. I am very excited to announce that I will be presenting this work at the upcoming EMNLP 2017 conference in Copenhagen, Denmark!

I am currently investigating how the inclusion of corpus-level statistics (e.g. unigram & bigram frequencies) can improve existing NLP models.

> Teaching Assistant, Northwestern EECS March 2017 - Present

Courses: EECS 212 (Discrete Math), EECS 348 (Artificial Intelligence)
I hold weekly office hours, providing assistance on assignments and explanations of course materials.

> Research Support Intern, SLAC National Laboratory June - August 2015

I processed and created visualizations of x-ray diffraction patterns to ease analysis of superconductor experimental data.

> Research Intern, Stanford Earth June 2013 - August 2014

Principal Investigator: Prof. Kim Blisniuk (Cosmogenic Radiation Laboratory)
I determined slip rates on the San Andreas Fault using Be-isotope dating. I was involved identified field locations for sample collection and isolated quartz samples for mass spectroscopy. I received invitations to present at AGU Fall Conferences (2013, 2014).


> VecShare Python Library July 2017

Check out my Python Library for the VecShare framework! The library supports upload and download of word embeddings to a shared online repository, and provides multiple methods for selecting an accurate embedding for your specific NLP task.

If you run into any errors while using the library, please file an issue.

> PocketIan: Course Advising Chatbot, WildHacks November 2016

My team created a chatbot to provide automated course advising for Northwestern EECS students. I developed the question parsing engine and managed data scraping and cleaning of course data.

Updates, Thoughts, etc.

> I am originally from Sunnyvale, CA in the San Francisco Bay Area.
> I am working with the EECS community on campus as External Vice President of IEEE-NU.
> Outside of academics my other interests include: cooking, hiking, & going to concerts.
> I am currently listening to: Young the Giant, BadBadNotGood, and Kamasi Washington.