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Snigdha Chaturvedi

Homepage: https://sites.google.com/site/snigdhac/
email: snigdhac@gmail.com, snigdha@ucsc.edu
Phone: 301-803-8559

Interests Natural Language Processing, Computational Narratives, Computational Social Science, Machine
Learning, Data Science

Education PhD, Computer Science, 2011-2016


University of Maryland, College Park
Thesis: Structured Approaches to Exploring Inter-personal Relationships in Natural Language Text
Advisor: Dr. Hal Daumé III

BTech, Computer Science and Engineering 2005-2009


Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur
Thesis: Heart disease prediction from ECG signals
Advisor: Dr. Harish Karnick

Employment • Assistant Professor April’18 - present


History University of California, Santa Cruz
• Postdoctoral Researcher July’17 - March’18
University of Pennsylvania (Work location: UPenn; Employed by: UIUC)
Advisor: Dr. Dan Roth, Professor at UPenn and Adjunct professor at UIUC
• Postdoctoral Researcher July’16 - July’17
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Advisor: Dr. Dan Roth
• Graduate Research Assistant Spring’12 - Spring’16
University of Maryland, College Park
Advisor: Dr. Hal Daumé III
• Summer Intern, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center Summer’14
Supervisors: Dr. Dmitry Malioutov, Dr. Rick Lawrence
• Summer Intern, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center Summer’13
Supervisors: Dr. Vittorio Castelli, Dr. Radu Florian
• Blue Scholar, Information Management group, IBM Research India Aug’09 - Aug’11
Managers: Dr. LV Subramaniam, Dr. MK Mohania, Dr. R Krishnapuram
Project rated as ‘A-level Accomplishment’ within IBM, 2010

Academic Publications:
Activities 1. Z Zeng, S Chaturvedi, S Bhat, D Roth, ‘DiAd: Domain Adaptation for Learning at Scale’,
International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK), 2019
2. D Khashabi, S Chaturvedi, M Roth, S Upadhyay, D Roth, ‘Looking beyond the surface: A
challenge set for reading comprehension over multiple sentences’, Conference of the North
American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Tech-
nologies (NAACL), 2018
3. S Chaturvedi, S Srivastava, D Roth, ‘Where have I heard This Story Before?: Identifying
Narrative Similarity in Movie Summaries’, Conference of the North American Chapter of the
Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (NAACL), 2018
(short paper)
4. S Chaturvedi, H Peng, D Roth, ‘Story Comprehension for Predicting What Happens Next’,
Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP) 2017
5. H Peng, S Chaturvedi, D Roth, ‘A Joint Model for Semantic Sequences: Frames, Entities, Sen-
timents’, The SIGNLL Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning (CoNLL),
2017
6. Z Zeng, S Chaturvedi, S Bhat, ‘Learner Affect Through the Looking Glass: Characterization
and Detection of Confusion in Online Courses’, International Conference on Educational Data
Mining (EDM) 2017 (short paper)
7. S Chaturvedi, M Iyyer, H Daumé III, ‘Unsupervised Learning of Evolving Relationships Be-
tween Literary Characters’, AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), 2017
8. S Chaturvedi, ‘Structured Approaches to Exploring Interpersonal Relationships in Natural
Language Text’, PhD Dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park, 2016
9. M Iyyer, A Guha, S Chaturvedi, J Boyd-Graber, H Daumé III, ‘Feuding Families and For-
mer Friends: Unsupervised Learning for Dynamic Fictional Relationships’, Conference of the
North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language
Technologies (NAACL), 2016 (Best Paper Award)
10. S Chaturvedi, S Srivastava, H Daumé III and C Dyer, ‘Modeling Evolving Relationships Be-
tween Characters in Literary Novels’, AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), 2016
11. S Srivastava, S Chaturvedi, T Mitchell, ‘Inferring interpersonal relations in narrative text’,
AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), 2016
12. S Chaturvedi, D Goldwasser and H Daumé III, ‘Ask, and shall you receive?: Understand-
ing Desire Fulfillment in Natural Language Text’, AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence
(AAAI), 2016
13. K McKeown, H Daumé III, S Chaturvedi, J Paparrizos, K Thadani, P Barrio, O Biran, S Bothe,
M Collins, K Fleischmann, L Gravano, R Jha, B King, K McInerney, T Moon, D O’Seaghdha,
D Radev, C Templeton and S Teufel, ‘Predicting the impact of scientific concepts using full
text features’, In Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
(JASIST). Accepted July 10, 2015 (Nominated for the ISSI Paper of the Year Award)
14. S Chaturvedi, D Goldwasser and H Daumé III, ‘Predicting Instructor Intervention in MOOC
Forums’, Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), 2014
15. S Chaturvedi, V. Castelli, R Nallapati, H Raghavan and R Florian, ‘Joint Question Clustering
and Relevance Prediction for Open Domain Non-Factoid Question Answering’, International
Conference on World Wide Web Conference (WWW), 2014
16. S Chaturvedi, Z Ashktorab, C Dunne, R Zachariah & B Shneiderman, ‘Group-in-a-Box Meta-
Layouts for Topological Clusters and Attribute-based Groups: Space Efficient Visualizations
of Network Communities and Their Ties’, Computer Graphics Forum (CGF), Volume 33, Issue
8, December 2014. Published online (June 2, 2014)
17. S Chaturvedi, H Daumé III and T Moon, ‘Discriminatively Enhanced Topic Models’, IEEE
International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM), 2013
18. S Chaturvedi, KH Prasad, TA Faruquie, LV Subramaniam, R Krishnapuram, ‘Automating
Pattern Discovery for Rule Based Data Standardization Systems’, IEEE International Confer-
ence on Data Engineering (ICDE), 2013
19. S Chaturvedi, H Daumé III, T Moon and S Srivastava, ‘A Topical Graph Kernel for Link Pre-
diction in Labeled Graphs’, International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) Workshop
on Mining and Learning with Graphs, 2012
20. S Chaturvedi, TA Faruquie, LV Subramaniam and MK Mohania, ‘Estimating Accuracy of
Text Classifiers on Large Unlabeled Datasets’, ACM International Conference on Information
and Knowledge Management (CIKM), 2010
21. KH Prasad, S Chaturvedi, TA Faruquie, LV Subramaniam, MK Mohania, ‘Automated Se-
lection of Blocking Columns for Record Linkage’, IEEE International Conference on Service
Operations and Logistics, and Informatics, Suzhou, China, 2012
22. KH Prasad, S Chaturvedi, TA Faruquie, LV Subramaniam, MK Mohania, ’Managing Data
Quality by Identifying the Noisiest Data Samples’, IEEE International Conference on Service
Operations and Logistics, and Informatics, Suzhou, China, 2012
23. S Chaturvedi, TA Faruquie, S Joshi, H Karanam, M Mohania and LV Subramaniam, ‘Data
Cleansing Techniques for Large Enterprise Datasets’, Service Research & Innovation Institute
Global Conference (SRII), 2011
24. S Chaturvedi, TA Faruquie, LV Subramaniam, KH Prasad, G Venkatachaliah & S Padman-
abhan, ‘Choosing Optimal Training Data for Rule-based Data Cleansing Models’, Service
Research & Innovation Institute Global Conference (SRII), San Francisco, USA, 2011

Patents (with US Patent Office):


1. ‘Cleansing a database system to improve data quality’, S Chaturvedi, TA Faruquie, HP
Karanam, MK Mohania and LV Subramaniam, PAT NO: 9,104,709
2. ‘Automatically mining patterns for rule based data standardization systems’, S Chaturvedi,
TA Faruquie, HP Karanam, M Mendelssohn, MK Mohania and LV Subramaniam, PAT NO:
8,996,524
3. ‘Efficient development of a rule-based system using crowd-sourcing’, S Chaturvedi, TA Faruquie,
and LV Subramaniam, PAT NO: 8,949,204
4. ‘Systems and methods for efficient development of a rule-based system using crowd-sourcing’,
S Chaturvedi, TA Faruquie, and LV Subramaniam, PAT NO: 8,635,197
5. ‘Automatic selection of blocking column for de-duplication’, S Chaturvedi, TA Faruquie, HP
Karanam, M Mendelssohn, MK Mohania and LV Subramaniam, PAT NO: 8,560,506
6. ‘Automatic selection of blocking column for de-duplication’, S Chaturvedi, TA Faruquie, HP
Karanam, M Mendelssohn, MK Mohania and LV Subramaniam, PAT NO: 8,560,505

Published Disclosure :
1. ‘Effort Estimation for Data Cleansing Jobs’, S Chaturvedi, MK Mohania, TA Faruquie and
LV Subramaniam (Published in IP.com)

Teaching • Natural Language Processing UCSC’s COSMOS program


Experience Instructor, Summer 2019 (estimated enrollment: 25)
• CMPS 290K: Advanced Topics in Natural Language Processing UCSC
Instructor, Winter 2018 (enrollment: 13)
• CMPS 142: Machine Learning and Data Mining UCSC
Instructor, Fall 2018 (enrollment: 68)
• CMPS 142: Machine Learning and Data Mining UCSC
Instructor, Spring 2018 (enrollment: 58)
• CMPS 297A: Independent Study UCSC
Instructor, Spring 2018 and Fall 2018 (enrollment: 1)
• CMSC 131: Object Oriented Programming I UMD
Teaching Assistant, Fall 2011 (enrollment in my sections: 60)

Talks • Invited speaker, AAAI Symposia on story-enabled intelligence, March 25-27, 2019
• ‘Incorporating sentiments and entities in Text Understanding’, IBM-ILLINOIS Center for Cog-
nitive Computing Systems Research (C3SR), August 14, 2017
• ‘Structured Approaches to Natural Language Understanding’, UCSC, March 15, 2017
• ‘Incorporating Structure for Natural Language Understanding’, invited talk at Spoken Lan-
guage Systems group, MIT, Sep 22, 2015; ML Lunch, CMU, Nov 23, 2015; ML Seminar
IIT-Kanpur, Jan 5, 2016; UPenn, Feb 26, 2016
• ‘Predicting Instructor Intervention in MOOC Forums’, ACM Student Research Competition
at Grace Hopper Conference, October 9, 2014
• Intern research seminars at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, September 25, 2014 and
August 29, 2013
• ‘CaaTs: Cleansing as a Transient Service’ at Developer Works Live! on Emerging Technologies:
IBM Research Lab Exclusive, New Delhi, India, June 14, 2011
• ‘Research Advancements in the Data Cleansing Domain’ at the Statistical Machine Learning
and Application Student Seminar, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, November 1, 2010
• Conference paper presentations at NAACL 2018, EMNLP 2017, AAAI 2017, AAAI 2016,
WWW 2014, ICDM 2013, CIKM 2010, SRII 2011

Awards and • IBM PhD Fellowship awards, 2014-15 and 2015-16


Achievements • Best (Long) Paper Award, NAACL 2016
• First prize at ACM Student Research Competition held at Grace Hopper Conference, 2014
• Kulkarni Summer Research Fellowship, 2015 awarded by UMD (across all schools).
• Nomination for the ISSI Paper of the Year Award, 2017
• ‘Best poster award’ at Google DC PhD Summit, Washington DC, Feb 25, 2014
• Selected to attend ‘WPI Faculty Launch Program’, Worcester MA, Sep 24-25, 2015
• Selected to attend ‘Heidelberg Laureate Forum’, Heidelberg, Germany, Sep 18-23, 2016
• GHC scholarship for attending the Grace Hopper Conference, October 2013 and 2014
• Scholarship by the Anita Borg Institute for attending the Grace Hopper Conference, 2015
• Scholarship to attend Women in Machine Learning (WiML) Conference, Dec 2015
• ‘Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Award’ & ‘International Conference Support Award’, 2014
• Selected to attend Google Grad CS Forum, 2012

Undergrad and before:


• Google India, Women in Engineering award, 2008
• Selected by IBM Research, India as a Blue Scholar, 2009 (around 5 students all over India)
• ‘Binay Kumar Sinha’, 2009 award by IIT Kanpur for a B.Tech Project (across all departments)
that has industrial applicability and partially/completely solves a problem that affects the
common people
• ‘Bhagwani Devi Maheshwari Gold Medal’ by IIT Kanpur, awarded for academic excellence,
social awareness, leadership qualities and extra curricular involvement, 2009
• All India Rank 43 in Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) of the IIT’s in 2005, (200,000 candidates)
• ‘Academic Excellence Award’ by IIT Kanpur (2005-06) and ‘Shanti Devi and Onkar Maewal
Scholarship’ (2007) by Department of Computer Science & Engg, IIT Kanpur for distinctive
academic performance
• Annual scholarship by Central Board of Secondary Education under scholarship scheme for
Professional Courses, India, 2005
• ‘Dr Sangeeta Goel Memorial Award (2005)’ for the highest All India Rank in IIT-JEE and
‘Anamika Dwivedi Lilavati Award (2007-08)’ for the best academic performance by IIT Kanpur
among all girl students

Grants • New Faculty Research Grant, UCSC, $4000 (awarded)


• Commonsense Reasoning, DARPA (under review)
• AI for Mental Healthcare, NSF EAGER on AI and Society (to be submitted in Feb 2019)
Professional • Co-organizer, Workshop on Narrative Understanding, NAACL 2019
Activities & • Area chair, The SIGNLL Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning, CoNLL
Services 2019
• Panelist: Panel for Women in STEM, University of California, Santa Cruz, October 11, 2018
• Conceptualized and serving as a faculty mentor for ‘Women-in-AI’ group, CSE, UCSC
• Faculty Fellow: Crown College, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2018-present
• Member, Committee of Graduate Program (including admission committee), Computer Sci-
ence & Engineering department, UCSC, 2018-19
• Faculty Search Committee member, Computational Media department, UCSC, 2018-19
• Program Committee Member/Reviewer ACL 2018, CoNLL 2018, EMNLP 2018, NAACL 2018,
NIPS 2018, CODS-COMADS 2018, ACL 2017, EMNLP 2017, CoNLL 2017
• Invited reviewer (journal): Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, 2018

Graduate school:
• Organizing committee member, Mid-Atlantic Student Colloquium on Speech, Language and
Learning (MASC), 2013
• Co-chair (graduate wing), Maryland Center for Women in Computing at UMD
• Member, Computer Science Graduate Admission Committee, UMD, 2014-15, 2015-16
• Volunteer in GRID, UMD, 2012 (intra-UMD event for promoting student research)
• Volunteer in International Student Orientation, UMD, Spring 2012 and Fall 2012

Undergraduate school:
• Captain(2008-09) and Member (2005-09), IIT Kanpur Women Aquatics team: Women’s cham-
pionship in the Inter IIT Aquatics meet, 2008; Gold medal in 2008(at IIT Madras); silver in
2006(IIT Guwahati); and bronze in 2007(IIT Bombay)
• Awarded certificate of ‘Special Appreciation (2008)’ by Games & Sports Council, IIT Kanpur
• Assistant coordinator (2007-08) and Student Counselor (2006-08), Counseling Service, IIT
Kanpur

Advisor or • Advisor: Faeze Brahman, PhD current, UCSC. Thesis: undecided


Committee • Advisor: Milad Gholami, PhD current, UCSC. Thesis: undecided
Member of: • Advisor: Alex Rinaldi, PhD current, UCSC. Thesis: undecided
• Advisor: Chao Zhao, PhD current, UCSC. Thesis: undecided
• Also advising one Masters (Nikhil Varghese) and two Undergraduate students

• PhD Thesis Committee: Amita Misra, PhD 2018, UCSC.


• MS Thesis Committee: Sara Sholes, MS 2018, UCSC.
• Advancement Committee Member: Lucas N. Ferreira, PhD current, UCSC
• Advancement Committee Member: Varun Embar, PhD current, UCSC
• Advancement Committee Member: Lena Reed, PhD current, UCSC
• Advancement Committee Member: Ishani Islam, PhD current, UCSC