This is a short description of my interests, please click on the
pointers on the left for further information.
My main area of research is Natural Language Processing (NLP), and its
application to human-computer interaction, educational technology, and
multimedia systems. My goal is to use NLP to support both education
and instruction, and collaboration between human or artificial agents.
The theoretical aspects of my research concern the linguistic
analysis, and the knowledge representation and reasoning that support
the understanding and generation of NL discourse and dialogue. All my
research has its empirical foundations in both qualitative and
quantitative corpus analysis, including data mining techniques.
Honors and Awards
NSF CAREER award (2002); Who's who in America (2001); Fulbright Fellowship
A chronologically ordered list can be found here .
I teach "core" undergraduate Computer Science classes at different
levels, and more advanced undergraduate and graduate classes in my
areas of specialization: Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language
Processing, Human Computer Interaction.
I am also interested in encouraging and helping more women pursue careers
in science and engineering. Here are some pointers to relevant resources.
I try to follow issues related to Human Rights.
I enjoy a bit of everything, including exploring Chicago, movies,
hiking, and travelling. The most adventurous thing I ever did ---not
completely of my free will :-) --- was to hike down inside
Pichincha, an active volcano in Ecuador, and camp overnight in the
crater. This was January 97. Since then, Guagua Pichincha has been
gradually becoming more active, erupting more and more frequently.
Last updated January 4, 2006