About me

I’m a first year Ph.D. student at the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science at UC Irvine.

I earned an M.S. in computational linguistics at the University of Washington, working with Shane Steinert-Threlkeld at the CLMBR lab. Before that I earned a B.A. in philosophy at UC San Diego.

I’m interested in understanding communication and information processing, in individuals and communities, for both natural and artificial agents. I hope to draw on frameworks from linguistics, machine learning and philosophy to

  • address scientific questions about language and cognition
  • make progress towards safe artificial intelligence
  • assist knowledge workers (e.g., journalists, teachers, scholars)

To this end, some of the questions I’m interested in include:

  • What cognitive and cultural pressures shape human languages?
  • Can these pressures help us guide artificial agents towards optimal and safe communication?
  • How do the dynamics of information processing shape scientific inquiry?
  • Can we harness these facts to build technology that helps people do research efficiently?

Below is my CV.

Education

  • B.A. in Philosophy, University of California, San Diego, 2020
  • M.S. in Computational Linguistics, University of Washington, 2022
  • Ph.D in Logic and Philosophy of Science, University of California, Irvine, 2028 (expected)

Publications

Talks

  • Modals in natural language optimize the simplicity/informativeness trade-off
    • Experiments in Linguistic Meaning - May 18, 2022 (Philadelphia)
    • Semantics and Linguistic Theory - June 8, 2022 (Mexico City)

Works in Progress

  • Approximating rate-distortion functions in signaling games
  • The Artificial Language Toolkit (ALTK)
    • Software library for research in computational semantics (code).

Awards

  • North American Summer School for Logic, Language and Information NASSLLI Student Grant 2022
  • Accepted to Lisbon Machine Learning Summer School LxMLS 2021
  • Accepted to Carnegie Mellon University Summer School in Logic and Formal Epistemology LFE 2021
  • Best paper “Desire Semantics”, selected for UC San Diego undergraduate philosophy journal Intuitions 2020

Work Experience

  • Summer 2021: NLP Research Intern
    • Posh Technologies
    • Duties: machine learning research and dataset curation for conversational AI.