I am a research associate at the University of Edinburgh. I develop natural language processing and machine learning techniques to improve and enrich people’s access to information. Some applications I have focused on are automatic summarization, discourse parsing, and assessment of text quality.

Between January 2013 and Feb 2015, I worked as a Newton International Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Before starting here, I graduated with a PhD and Masters from the University of Pennsylvania. I received my undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Engineering from College of Engineering-Guindy, Anna University located at Chennai, India.

I was born in Trichy, a beautiful temple city in South India.

Recent work:
  • Conversation Trees: A Grammar Model for Topic Structure in Forums, Annie Louis and Shay B. Cohen, EMNLP 2015. [pdf], [corpus]

  • Which Step Do I Take First? Troubleshooting with Bayesian Models, Annie Louis and Mirella Lapata, TACL 2015. [pdf], [corpus]

  • I will serve as an Area Chair for NAACL 2016 and for ACL 2016. Workshop Chair for EMNLP 2016.

  • Co-organizer of a EMNLP 2015 workshop on computational semantics. See LSDSem.

  • Nominated for 'Best Research Abstract' at SIGAI Career Network Conference (SIGAI CNC) 2015.


alouis at inf dot ed dot ac dot uk

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