Libby Barak

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Dept. of Computer Science
University of Toronto
10 King's College Road
Rm. 265C
Toronto, ON
M5S 3G4

I am a PhD student in the Computational Linguistic group in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, under supervision of Suzanne Stevenson. I am interested in developing computational models for language acquisition and for verb learning.


My PhD thesis is focused on the development of a Bayesian model to analyze the acquisition of Mental State verbs by children.


I've completed my MSc thesis at 
Bar-Ilan University under the supervision of Ido Dagan. My MSc thesis evaluated the contribution of statistical methods of textual entailment for unsupervised text classification.

Publications

 

 Barak, Libby; Fazly, Afsaneh, and Stevenson, Suzanne. Gradual Acquisition of Mental State Meaning: A Computational Investigation , Poster to be presented at the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. [pdf]

 Barak, Libby; Fazly, Afsaneh, and Stevenson, Suzanne. Learning Verb Classes in an Incremental Model , in Proceedings of the ACL Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics (CMCL), 2014. [pdf]

 Barak, Libby; Fazly, Afsaneh, and Stevenson, Suzanne. Acquisition of Desires before Beliefs:  A Computational Investigation , in Proceedings of the 17th Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning (CoNLL), Co-located with ACL 2013 (CoNLL 2013 Prize for Google Best Paper.) [pdf]

 Barak, Libby; Fazly, Afsaneh, and Stevenson, Suzanne. Modeling the Emergence of an Exemplar Verb in Construction Learning, the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. [pdf]

 Barak, Libby; Fazly, Afsaneh, and Stevenson, Suzanne. Modeling the acquisition of mental state verbs, in Proceedings of the NAACL-HLT Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics (CMCL), 2012. [pdf]

 Shnarch, Eyal; Barak, Libby, and Dagan, Ido. Extracting Lexical Reference Rules from Wikipedia, in Proceedings of the ACL, 2009. [pdf]

 Barak, Libby; Dagan, Ido, and Shnarch, Eyal. Text Categorization from Category Name via Lexical Reference, in Proceedings of the NAACL-HLT, 2009. [pdf]

 

Education

 

 PhD in Computer Science, University of Toronto, Sep. 2008 - present

 MSc in Computer Science, Bar-Ilan University, Sep. 2005 - July. 2008

 BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics, Bar-Ilan University, Sep. 1998 - Sep. 2001