I'm a second-year PhD student in the Computer Science Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill working with Prof. Mohit Bansal. My research is in Natural Language Processing and primarily focuses on natural language generation models for question answering and dialogue, with an emphasis on deep reasoning and knowledge-based inference. My work is supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
Here is my CV.
UNC Chapel Hill, 2017 - Present
PhD Computer Science, Advisor: Prof. Mohit Bansal
The Johns Hopkins University, 2012-2016
B.A. Computer Science, Cognitive Science
Graduated with Honors
Center for Language and Speech Processing, JHU (Spring 2017)
Research Assistant, Advisor: Prof. Benjamin Van Durme
Created sentence extraction pipeline and implementation for corpus-annotation and contibuted improvements to predicate extraction tool (PredPatt) by analyzing its application to foreign language.
NSF REU (Engineers for Exploration), UCSD (Summer 2016)
Student Researcher, Advisor: Prof. Ryan Kastner
Designed, implemented, and applied a supervised classification algorithm using Hidden Markov Models to classify Humpback whale vocalizations. Here is a blog post about the project.
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD (Summer 2015)
Technical Intern in Air & Missile Defense Sector
Developed wrapper GPS model compliant with Missile Defense Agency's supported research simulation software and developed PCI communication between components of Kill Vehicle Modular Open Architecture.
CogNeuro Research Laboratory, JHU (Spring 2015 - Fall 2016)
Research Assistant, Advisor: Prof. Brenda Rapp
Developed adaptive learning algorithm for improving efficiency of an asphasia treatment study for people with spelling impairments.
Automatic Classification of Humpback Whale Social Calls
[Also presented this work to researchers at San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research, Qualcomm Research, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and GoPro.]
Irina Tolkova* and Lisa Bauer*, Antonella Wilby, Ryan Kastner, Kerri D. Seger, Aaron M. Thode
Acoustical Society of America Conference, Boston, MA. June 24-29, 2017
Graduate Women in Computer Science(GWiCS)
President 2018-2019, Member 2017-2018
Undergraduate Research Mentor, Summer 2018
United Workers Association, Inc
Campaign Worker, Spring 2017
I canvassed, petitioned, and phone banked to support the Healthy Working Families Act for earned paid sick leave in the state of Maryland.
JHU Jail Tutorial
Tutor, Fall 2014- Fall 2016
I tutored incarcerated women at the Maryland Penitentiary in GED subjects including math and English.