Members

Aaron Steven White
Aaron Steven White
Director
Linguistics and Computer Science
University of Rochester

Aaron is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Rochester, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Computer Science and an affiliation with the Goergen Institute for Data Science. He co-leads the MegaAttitude Project and the Decompositional Semantic Initiative.

Siddharth Vashishtha
Siddharth Vashishtha
PhD Student
Computer Science
University of Rochester

Sid is a third-year Computer Science PhD Student advised by Aaron White. His research work focuses on extracting event semantics from natural language text. His latest projects involve working on temporal reasoning in natural language inference systems and temporal relation extraction.

William Gantt
William Gantt
PhD Student
Computer Science
University of Rochester

Will is a third-year PhD student in Computer Science advised by Aaron White and Dan Gildea. His research interests lie broadly in natural language understanding and information extraction. In recent projects, he has developed computational models of event structure and has investigated patterns in lexically-triggered belief and desire inferences across the English lexicon.

Hannah An
Hannah An
PhD Student
Computer Science
University of Rochester

Hannah is a third-year PhD student co-advised by Aaron White and Len Schubert. Her research aims to enable computers to acquire lexical knowledge for better language understanding. Her current project involves collecting annotated data for verb phrase ellipsis and developing models for identifying and resolving the ellipses. She has also worked on investigating neg-raising inference triggers using a lexicon-scale dataset.

Benjamin Kane
Benjamin Kane
PhD Student
Computer Science
University of Rochester

Ben is a third-year PhD student in Computer Science co-advised by Aaron White and Len Schubert. His current research involves creating natural language inference models predicting belief and desire inferences (including modeling annotator disagreement in natural language inference), and he is interested in future applications of these models in plan-based dialogue systems.

Stephanie N. Richter
Stephanie N. Richter
PhD Student
Linguistics
University of Rochester

Stephanie is a first-year PhD student in Linguistics co-advised by Aaron White and Asia Pietraszko. Her current research is focused on statistical models of acceptability.

Zhendong Liu
Zhendong Liu
MS Student
Linguistics
University of Rochester

Zhendong is a second-year MS student in Computational Linguistics advised by Aaron White. His current research focuses on clause-embedding in Mandarin. He has also investigated the lexical semantics of Mandarin classifiers and the syntax of Swahili adverbial clauses.

Weiwei Gu
Weiwei Gu
MS Student
Computer Science
University of Rochester

Weiwei is a second-year MS student in Computer Science advised by Aaron White. His current research focuses on information extraction and coreference.



Alumni

Ellise Moon
Ellise Moon
PhD Student
Linguistics and Philosophy
University of Rochester
Venkata Govindarajan
Venkata Govindarajan
PhD Student
Linguistics
University of Texas, Austin
Muskaan Mendiratta
Muskaan Mendiratta
Software Engineer
Barclays
Boyu Zhang
Boyu Zhang
PhD Student
MIT Media Lab
MIT