Assistant Professor

Department of Computer Science University of Pittsburgh

Affiliations: Pitt Cyber, ISP,  Pitt-CMU Center for Collaboratory Against Hate

Office: 5403 Sennott Square



I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the School of Computing and Information at the University of Pittsburgh. My primary research interests are in the fields of Natural Language Processing and Cognitive Science with broader interests in Computational Social Sciences.  I work towards building human-level artificial intelligent entities that can work with humans on a broad range of problems using a wide variety of methods, knowledge, and learning techniques. 

The focus of my recent works has been on modeling the social and situated context of humans' multimodal communication (including image–text presentations, sign languages, gestures, and diagrams) and designing systems that can naturally and efficiently communicate with users. This involves developing techniques for studying coordination, persuasion, and trust in human-human and human-machine communication.  

I completed my Ph.D. in the Department of Computer Science and earned a graduate certificate in Cognitive Science at Rutgers University under the supervision of Prof. Matthew Stone.



  • September 21, Our paper on Examining Covert Gender Bias: a case study in Turkish and English machine translation models won the best paper award at the 14th International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG 2021).

  • August 20, Received a Google grant to develop a multi-disciplinary AI ethics curriculum, with Yuru Lin, Rebecca Hwa, Diane Litman, and Rosta Farzan.

  • July 5: Our position/survey paper won the best theme paper award at ACL 2021.

  • June 16: Talk at Universität Potsdam.

  • February 2021: Received the Pitt momentum teaming grant to work on developing multimodal technology to improve deaf students access to STEM education, with Rich Boyce, Kenneth Dehaan, Sheila Prat, and David Boone.

  • February 2021: Thanks to PittCyber for supporting our research on modeling coordination in political discourse

  • February 4, 2021: Talk at AI2 and UW.

  • January 11, 2021: I am one of the recipients of the PittCybber Grant to study argumentation in political discourse.

  • January 4, 2021: I am affiliated with the Intelligent Systems program.

  • November 20, 2020: Talk at LTI-CMU.

  • October 16, 2020: I've received the GoogleCSR grant to support students from underrepresented groups to pursue graduate studies and research careers in computing.

  • October 5: Talk at Indiana University

  • August 25, 2020: I am affiliated with Pitt Cyber

  • May 27, 2020: Talk at SRI

  • March 26, 2020: Talk at Rice 

  • March 19, 2020: Talk at University of Florida

  • March 3, 2020: Talk at University of Pittsburgh

  • February 26, 2020: Talk at Penn State

  • February 18, 2020: Talk at Illinois Tech

  • February 10, 2020: Presentation at AAAI-2020 

  • February 3, 2020: Talk at Brown University

  • November 22, 2019:  Talk at NYC Natural Language, Dialog, and Speech Symposium   


Recent Service

  • Action Editor: ACL Rolling Review 

  • Area Chair, NAACL 2021, Discourse and Pragmatics

  • Area Chair, EACL 2021, Dialogue Systems

  • Co-Organizer: The first workshop on "Document Grounded Dialogue and Conversational QA" at ACL 2021

  • Co-Organizer: The second workshop on "RoboNLP" at ACL 2021

  • Co-Organizer: The third workshop on "Spatial Language Understanding" at EMNLP 2020

  • Tutorial: "Achieving Common Ground in Multimodal Dialogue" with Matthew Stone at ACL 2020

  • Program Committee: AAAI, ACL, EMNLP, NAACL, NeurIPS, ICMI, SemDial

  • Reviewer: Discourse and Dialogue, Information Fusion, Peer J, Language, and Recourse, Springer Nature