Current and Former Students
I have been fortunate to supervise seventeen M.S. graduate students here
at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Of these, ten have gone on for
further graduate study. Seven have earned a PhD, two are currently in
and two have earned a second Master's degree.
Here's a quick
summary of where these
students have landed and who they are now working with. The information
below is somewhat out of date now, so if you have any updates please
let me know!
I have also created a centralized repository for all of the
dissertations, Master's theses and
projects I have supervised.
- Jon Rusert M.S. May
2017. Will start as a PhD student at the University of Iowa in
Fall 2017. Read Jon's Master's
Language evolves, so should
WordNet - Extending WordNet with Senses from Out of Vocabulary Lemmas.
- Mugdha Choudhari
M.S. August 2012. Now at Yummly. Read Mugdha's
on Extending the Hirst and St-Onge Measure of
Semantic Relatedness for the Unified Medical Language System.
- Ying Liu
Post-Doctoral Researcher (2009-2012), co-supervised with
Now at City of Hope in Los Angeles.
- Yanbo Xu (M.S.
July 2011 in Math/Stat, co-advised with
Kang James )
Yanbo is now a PhD student at Carnegie-Mellon University in the
Language Technologies Institute
as of Fall 2010. Read Yanbo's project report on
Random Walk on
WordNet to Measure Lexical Semantic Relatedness.
- Varada Kolhatkar
M.S. August 2009. Varada completed her PhD in March 2015 at the University
of Toronto in the
Department of Computer Science.
Her advisor was Graeme Hirst.
Read Varada's Master's
thesis on An Extended Analysis of a Method of All Words Sense
- Mahesh Joshi M.S.
August 2006 [co-advised with Rich Maclin]. Mahesh will be joining
eBay as an Applied Research in Summer 2013. Mahesh defended his PhD
dissertation in May 2013 at
Carnegie Mellon University in the Language Technologies Institute.
His advisers were William Cohen and Carolyn Rose.
thesis on Kernel Methods for Word Sense Disambiguation and
Abbreviation Expansion in the Medical Domain.
- Apurva Padhye M.S.
August 2006. Now at Brightcove in
Cambridge, MA. Until September 2009 was a software engineer at
Endeca in the Boston area.
thesis on "Comparing Supervised and Unsupervised Classification of
Messages in the Enron Email Corpus". As a part of her thesis work, Apurva
manually classified more than
3,000 email messages by topic.
- Anagha Kulkarni M.S.
July 2006 and former Graduate Research Assistant. Since Fall 2013
Anagha has been an
Professor in the Department of Computer Science at San Francisco
State University. Anagha defended her
PhD dissertation in October 2013 at
Carnegie Mellon University in the
Language Technologies Institute. Her advisor was Jamie Callan.
Master's thesis on Unsupervised Context Discrimination and Automatic Cluster
Stopping. See the
slides from Anagha's defense. All of the ideas in her thesis have
been implemented in the
package. You can even experiment with her
thesis data. Anagha was an intern at the Mayo Clinic in the Summer
of 2005. See her final
- Saiyam Kohli M.S.
July 2006. Now working in Los Angeles at
SDL/Language Weaver. Read Saiyam's
Introducing an Object Oriented Design to the Ngram Statistics Package.
All of Saiyam's work can be found in the Ngram Statistics Package.
Saiyam also worked on a project with me in the Summer of 2005 developing
- Pratheepan Raveendranathan
M.S. July 2005. Now a Lead Business Systems Analyst with the Business
Intelligence Group, Global Business Solutions at
Ecolab in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Identifying Sets of Related Words from the World Wide Web, and see
the slides from Prath's thesis
defense. This work is implemented in the
- Jason Michelizzi
M.S. July 2005 and former Graduate Research Assistant. Now a
in the US Navy. Read Jason's
thesis about "Semantic Relatedness Applied to All Words Sense
Disambiguation". Jason's method of all words disambiguation is
implemented in the Perl module
WordNet::SenseRelate::AllWords Jason was also responsible for
significant improvements to
Justin Chase, B.S. May 2005 and former UROP student.
You can see Justin's UROP project about
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- Bridget McInnes
M.S. December 2004. Bridget defended her Ph.D. dissertation in
September of 2009 at the University of Minnesota, where Ted Pedersen
and John Carlis were her advisors. Thereafter she was a post-doc at the
University of Minnesota, working with Ted Pedersen and Serguei
Pakhomov until November 2011. Bridget will become an
in the Department of Computer Science
at Virginia Commonwealth University in Fall 2014.
She was previously employed at
as a Computational Linguist.
Read Bridget's M.S.
about Extending the Log-Likelihood Ratio to Improve Collocation
Identification. You can find Bridget's code to carry this out with NSP
here. Bridget was an intern at the
Mayo Clinic in the Summers of 2003 and 2004. You can a presentation she
made regarding her 2003 internship
- Amruta Purandare
M.S. August 2004 and former Graduate Research Assistant. Now on the
Research Staff at Singapore Management University (SMU). Earned a
M.S. in August 2006 in
Intelligent Systems at the
University of Pittsburg.
Read Amruta's thesis about Word Sense
Discrimination by Clustering Similar Contexts
here. All of Amruta's thesis work was done using her SenseClusters
package. See the slides from
Amruta's thesis defense.
Saif Mohammad M.S. August 2003. Saif defended his Ph.D.
dissertation in January 2008 at the University of Toronto, where Graeme
Hirst was his advisor. Saif was then a post-doc at the University of
Maryland (working with Bonnie Dorr until September 2009). He is now a
Research Officer at the
National Research Council of Canada.
Read Saifs's M.S. thesis
about Combining Lexical and Syntactic
Features for Supervised Word Sense Disambiguation
and find many of the tools used in this work
here. You can find all of the sense-tagged text
used in this thesis here. See the slides from Saif's thesis defense.
Siddharth "Sid" Patwardham M.S. August 2003. Sid defended his
Ph.D. dissertation in September 2009 at the University of Utah,
where Ellen Riloff was his advisor. He is now a Senior Software
Engineer at IBM TJ
Watson Lab working on the
Read Sid's thesis about Incorporating Dictionary and Corpus Information
into a Context Vector Measure of Semantic Relatedness here and find the implementation of
here. See the slides from Sid's
thesis defense. Sid was an intern at the Mayo Clinic in the Summer
of 2003. Read his final report
on that experience.
Brian Rassier, B.S. May 2003 and former Undergraduate Research
Assistant and UROP student. Now working at Ing Bank in St. Cloud. See
Brian's various projects here.
Satanjeev "Bano" Banerjee M.S. December 2002 and former
Graduate Research Assistant. Bano defended his PhD at Carnegie Mellon University
in the Language Technologies
Institute in 2011 and is now employed at
Read Bano's thesis about Adapting the
Lesk Algorithm for Word Sense Disambiguation to WordNet. Find the
implementation of these ideas here.
- Nitin Varma, M.S. December 2002. Nitin is now in Baltimore, working
for the software QA group at CitiFinancial. Read Nitin's
thesis about extending the Kvec
Algorithm for Finding Translations in Parallel Text. One of the results of
the thesis is the K-vec++ package, available
- Aditi Paluskar, M.S. November 2001. Now a Software
Engineer for Wetfeet in the Bay
Area. After graduating from UMD, Aditi went to the
University of Missouri-Rolla
and earned a Master's in Engineering Management. Read about Aditi's MS
project User-Level Control Of Scheduling in a
Micro Kernel Operating System ". This involved the use of
Solaris Minix, which is still
one of my favorite environments for Operating System projects and
A Few Pictures
The Class of 2010 (Yanbo!)
The Class of 2009 (Varada and Bridget)
The Class of 2006 (Saiyam, Mahesh, Anagha, and Apurva)
The Class of 2004 plus one (Bridget, Ted, and Amruta)
The Class of 2003 plus one (Saif, Ted, and Sid)
A small reunion at NAACL 2009 (Boulder, CO)
(Bridget, Ted, Varada, Saif)
(Sid, Bridget, Varada).
did a demo
Here's what we looked like back in Fall 2004! At
and a more formal
portrait. (Jason, Apurva,
Ted, Anagha, Prath)
Here is a rather remarkable photo of ALL my graduate
students from 2001, 2002, and
2003! (Bano, Aditi, Sid, Nitin, Saif)
- tpederse AT d umn edu