<< ME! at my desk at UWM
Links to sites that shaped who I am:
The computer science department
International Studies Abroad
- the program that I did my study abroad with (I would highly
recommend this to anybody and everybody!)
And of course, the CRA-W Distributed
The Dragonlance fantasy series
by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
a great computer that deals more with economics of a tribe not
I have been involved in marching band and drumline for
3 years in high school and 2 years in college. I played in
the pit, or the sideline percussion--mainly
mallet instruments. In high school, I also played the clarinet,
alto sax, trumpet, and guitar. I have also been playing piano
since I was 7 years old.
I love playing card games and board games
Usual assortment of academic accolades-
Phi Beta Kappa
Upsilon Pi Epsilon
honorary society for the computing and information disciplines
Mohilner Award Scholarship for my junior year
Heidenfelder Scholarship for Academic Achievement
and Service for Fall '03
Dean's list freshman-junior year
Presidential scholarship freshman and sophmore
What the future may hold. . .
As for what I want to do when I graduate, I still have no idea.
Which is why I am very lucky to have an opportunity working with
DMP. It has given me experience researching and working with my
major in ways that I have never been able to experience in the classroom
setting of the university. I would like to work in the industry
for at least a year before grad school. What my dream future would
be is to move to Spain for a year, working at a computer-related job over
there, so I can become fluent in Spanish and get computer experience at
the same time (and not have to deal with school for a while!!). Then
I would go to grad school for computational linguistics and work somewhere
doing machine translation. Actually, what I REALLY want to happen
is for me to win the lotto and thus be indepently wealthy so I can travel
to all the different countries of the world!
About my mentor
My mentor's name is Susan McRoy
. She is
an associate professor in the Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science department
at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
areas of interest/research are: artificial intelligence, computational
linguistics, knowledge representation and cognitive science.
This is her second year sponsoring DMP students, though her first
year was 6 years ago. She is also one of the faculty members
of The Natural
Language and Knowledge Representation Research Group
is the assistant director of the Decision Systems and Artificial Intelligence
Lab (DSAIL) where I am working this summer.
Allison Penner is also working under Professor McRoy as part of the
DMP program. So her website would be a great way to compare
what two different students do under the same professor. I
am very happy that I had another student working with me. She
picked me up from the airport and we are sharing a dorm room, so
I have some one else to be totally lost with and to travel with and
everything like that.
<<Allison at her computer at UWM
Description of my research project
View my slide show
about my Cloze Project (.pdf)
View my final report
about the Cloze Project
View my User Manual
for the Cloze Project
First of all, Allison and I both annotated some dialog
files both semantically and using an annotation scheme called DAMSL.
The annotations will then be compared against each other and
analyzed (Allison is working on this).
I will also be working on implementing a test similar
to the Cloze test to be used in a previous project implemented by
the NLKRRG group. The Cloze test is a test designed to test
students' comprehension on text that they have previously read. It
is usually a portion of about 250-300 words. The first sentence
is kept intact and after that, every fifth word is deleted, with a blank
so that students can fill in the correct missing word. My project
is to implement this test in Java using the swing package to implement
the GUI. The program needs to administer the test, and then grade
it. Researchers have found that results are about the same whether
or not you account for "partially correct" answers, such as correct part
of speech. Therefore, I will just do a direct comparison for the
grading. After I get this initial Cloze test working, I will expand
it to delete one low frequency word in a certain window size (e.g. 1 low
frequency word will be taken out of every 8), so that the majority of
the test does not involve "the" and "and", etc. Another type of test
I will be implementing will be where the user can choose which words will
be taken out for the test, in case the other two methods don't suit the user.
The user can also choose how many words the want between blanks, if
5 doesn't suite them, and also the window size for the low frequency test.
This test is intended to fit in to the already implemented tutor
program called Equuleus, which I will be in charge of integrating.
After finishing up the Cloze Project with two weeks left, my professor
and I thought it would be interesting to see how feasible it would be
to expand thier English text generator (YAG) to generate Spanish text.
The main task of mine will be to get the correct word form for
verbs and nouns taking into account different aspects that would change
the word like plurality and tense.
Other Info About my Summer
Journal of my work
A week-by-week look at my time spent at work, describing
what I was doing, my results and findings, my frustrations and other
random thoughts I had that I thought would fit well into a journel
and other random tidbits about my summer
A description of what I did with my extra time here
in Milwuakee ranging from my weekend adventures to tips for students
going to a new campus.