About me

I'm a computer scientist working on Machine Learning and its applications to tasks related to modeling human language and vision. I have done research in areas such as natural language understanding and generation, neural & statistical machine translation, syntactic and discourse parsing, question answering, automatic summarization, evaluation methodologies and quality prediction for textual structured output. I am currently focusing on topics that cover micro-reading (understanding the meaning of a text paragraph/document well enough to answer (in)queries about its content), and abstractive language generation (creating novel language outputs based on representations built from unstructured information of textual or visual nature). The techniques I use are a mesh of unsupervised and supervised learning methods based on Deep Learning with Neural Networks.

I am currently a Staff Research Scientist in the Research & Machine Intelligence group at Google in Los Angeles, CA. I have also been a member of the Google Translate group in Mountain View, CA. Prior to joining Google, I was a senior research scientist and manager at SDL in Los Angeles, CA, in the Language Technologies unit. Before that, I was a research scientist at Language Weaver Inc., a Los Angeles--based start-up that was the first company to successfully commercialize Statistical Machine Translation.

Prior to that, I got a Ph.D. in Computer Science from USC, while doing research at the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) with Daniel Marcu and Kevin Knight in the Intelligent Systems Division.