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
Graduate Researcher
Computer Science
University of Rochester

Sid is a fourth-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
Graduate Researcher
Computer Science
University of Rochester

Will is a fourth-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
Graduate Researcher
Computer Science
University of Rochester

Hannah is a fourth-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
Graduate Researcher
Computer Science
University of Rochester

Ben is a fourth-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
Graduate Researcher
Linguistics
University of Rochester

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

Jack Valinsky
Jack Valinsky
Graduate Researcher
Linguistics
University of Rochester

Jack is a second-year MS student in Linguistics advised by Scott Grimm. His current research focuses on how lexical and syntactic features affect interpretability and acceptability of degraded environments.

Pinxin Liu
Pinxin Liu
Undergraduate Researcher
Computer Science
University of Rochester

Pinxin is a second-year UG student in Computer Science. His current research focuses on coreference resolution.



Alumni

Ellise Moon
Ellise Moon
PhD Student
Linguistics and Philosophy
University of Rochester
Venkata Govindarajan
Venkata Govindarajan
PhD Student
Linguistics
University of Texas, Austin
Zhendong Liu
Zhendong Liu
PhD Student
Linguistics
University of Southern California
Weiwei Gu
Weiwei Gu
PhD Student
Computer Science
Arizona State University
Muskaan Mendiratta
Muskaan Mendiratta
Software Engineer
Barclays
Boyu Zhang
Boyu Zhang
PhD Student
MIT Media Lab
MIT