I am an Assistant Professor of Computational Linguistics at the Rochester Institute of Technology where I lead the Language Technology Group. I am affiliated with the College of Liberal Arts and the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences Masters in Data Science and PhD Program.
I received my PhD from Saarland University with a thesis on computational models applied to varieties of pluricentric languages. In Saarland, I was a member of the Multilinguality and Language Technology Lab at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) part of the Saarland Informatics Campus.
I am member of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), the ACL SIGEDU and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. I was a member of the INDUS Network funded by the German Research Foundation from 2014-2018.
I am interested in applying computational models to large collections of texts. My research interests fall into three main areas: 1) language variation: diatopic and diachronic; 2) language acquisition and educational NLP applications, 3) pragmatics and offensiveness in user interaction in social media. I am also interested in machine translation and translation technology.
I am one of the organizers of the series of workshops on NLP for Similar Languages, Varieties and Dialects (VarDial). The next edition is VarDial 2020 at COLING in Barcelona, Spain. I am co-organizing the Similar Language Translation Task at WMT 2020 and the SemEval 2020 Task 12 - OffensEval: Multilingual Offensive Language Identification in Social Media..
I am co-editing with Preslav Nakov a book for the series Studies in Natural Language Processing and a special issue of the journal Natural Language Engineering on the same topic. Both publications by Cambridge University Press.
I am writing a book on Automatic Language Identification with Tommi Jauhiainen, Tim Baldwin, and Krister Linden to appear in the Morgan & Claypool Series Synthesis Lecutres in Human Language Technologies.
I regularly serve as a program committee member of several workshops and conferences. A full list is available here.