Hello and welcome to my page at the University of Toronto's Department of Computer Science. I'm currently a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science; I graduated with an M.Sc. in Computing Science and a B.Sc. with Distinction in Computer Engineering, both from the University of Alberta.

This site is intended to be my academic page, describing my research, academic software projects, etc., functioning more or less as a CV spread over a Web site. There is also a proper PDF CV available here, though that one is optimized for online use (Turingified email, etc.); contact me directly for one more suited for hardcopies, etc. Contact information is provided (sort of) at the right of the page.

My field of interest is computational linguistics (CL), also called natural language processing (NLP), which some would consider a sub-field of artificial intelligence (AI). My specific interests are in language understanding and semantic representations, particularly in the context of spoken dialogue systems. The goal is to parse user utterances into a computational representation; I'm interested in this process, the choice of representation, and how the result is used downstream by the other components of a dialogue system.

In the past, I've also conducted research on cognate identification and alignment, machine transliteration, language identification, semantic compositionality, letter-to-phoneme conversion, and incorporating supplemental data; my publications describe these in further detail.