I am a PhD student in the Natural Language Lab at the SFU School of Computing Science. My research interests broadly include formal language theory, natural language syntax, and applications of natural language processing to the digital humanities.
I am also a research associate at the SFU Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and a founding member of the SANE Decipherment group where I perform computational analyses of ancient Near Eastern text corpora.
My past work focuses on formal language theory and the formal properties of natural language, with an emphasis on synchronous and tree-adjoining grammars. My Master’s thesis considered applications of these grammars to hierarchical machine translation, where I showed how they can be used to model a wider variety of reorderings than synchronous context free grammars with no concomitant increase in parse complexity.