Barbara Di Eugenio

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    College: Engineering Department: Computer Science
    Title: Professor
    Office: 916 SEO M/C 152 Phone: 9967566
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: No

    Research Interest:
    Natural language interfaces to computer systems (ie, development of systems that can talk with human users); Educational Technology (ie computer systems that can tutor or act as classmates); Machine learning; Human computer interaction; Artificial intelligence

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 6

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Two kinds of assistants are sought:

    a. Majors in computer science who can help with software development.

    b. Majors in psychology or English (with minor in linguistics) to help with language data analysis and user studies.

    In both cases, junior or senior standing (exceptionally, sophomores will be considered).

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    CS majors: help with software development of different types, mostly to endow computer systems with the capability to understand and produce English. Sometimes we use existing packages and we adapt them to our needs, sometimes we start from scratch.

    Psychology / English majors: we collect language data between users (eg, a tutor and a student asking for assistance), then we need to transcribe and annotate this data with codes. We also evaluate our systems with users, running user studies akin controlled studies in psychology. The URA will help with either data analysis or with the user experiments, or both.

    NOTE: This researcher is currently not accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research Experience program.

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