I'm currently involved in a variety of research projects.
- I work for Project Epic under the direction of Leysia Palen. My work involves analyzing Twitter data related to natural disasters. We're using state of the art language processing to help automatically identify relevant tweets and trends in Twitter behavior. We're currently focusing on hurricanes, collaborating closely with a research time at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, as well as other institutions.
- I also work for Martha Palmer on VerbNet. VerbNet is a lexical semantic resource based on the work of Beth Levin. It is a hierarchical ontology of verbs based on syntactic and semantic behavior. I work with a group at the University of Colorado to update the resource, as well as linking it to other lexical resources such as PropBank, FrameNet, and WordNet.
- My academic research is primarily focused on metaphor. I've written a preliminary examination on identifying instances of metaphorical verb usage using the selectional restrictions from VerbNet in a similar vein to Wilks' theory. I'm currently working on a synthesis paper, assessing the various theories of metaphor production, their computational strengths and weaknesses, and their possible implementation in various lexical resources.