Alyssa Hwang

Alyssa Hwang

PhD Student

University of Pennsylvania

Welcome!

I am a first-year PhD student in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. I am particularly interested in the intersections of Natural Language Processing, Linguistics, and Psychology, especially expanding NLU resources for nonstandard English. I am supported by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

I earned my BS in Computer Science at Columbia University, where I conducted research and wrote an undergraduate thesis with Prof. Kathleen McKeown.

alyssahwang at seas dot upenn dot edu

Recent Publications

Towards Augmenting Lexical Resources for Slang and African American English
AMPERSAND: Argument Mining for PERSuAsive oNline Discussions
Analyzing the Semantic Types of Claims and Premises in an Online Persuasive Forum

Professional and Teaching Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Software Engineering Intern

Google

Jun 2020 – Aug 2020 Mountain View, California
Build hierarchical RNN + CRF model for dialogue act recognition using Tensorflow and BERT embeddings.
 
 
 
 
 

Teaching Assistant

COMS 4705 Natural Language Processing at Columbia University

Jan 2020 – May 2020 New York, New York
Grade homework assignments, host weekly office hours, and adapt course for online learning during COVID-19 pandemic (taught by Michael Collins).
 
 
 
 
 

Teaching Assistant

COMS 4705 Natural Language Processing at Columbia University

Sep 2019 – Dec 2019 New York, New York
Prepare homework assignments, grade exams and homework, manage participation credit, and host weekly office hours for class of 120 undergraduate and graduate students (taught by Kathleen McKeown).
 
 
 
 
 

Software Engineering Intern

Google

May 2019 – Aug 2019 Mountain View, California
Expand image results for events displayed on Search from one directly pulled from the markup to multiple queried from an external API.
 
 
 
 
 

Teaching Assistant

COMS 4705 Natural Language Processing at Columbia University

Jan 2019 – May 2019 New York, New York
Grade homework and exams, update skeleton code from Python2 to Python3, host weekly office hours for class of 154 undergraduate and graduate students.
 
 
 
 
 

Teaching Assistant

Intro to Java and Web Dev. in Python at the Columbia University Summer Immersion Program

Jun 2018 – Aug 2018 New York, New York
Design curriculum for introductory Java and Python for 20 high school students and teach “Git Better” workshop for advanced Git skills.