Thank you for your interest in getting in contact with me! My contact info is to the right, but note that I get a lot of email, and recently have not been able to reply to all of it. In order to ensure that you get a proper response please read below.
5409 Gates Hillman Center
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA, 15213, USA
- I have a question about your research/software
- I am at/accepted to CMU and want to work with you
- I am applying to CMU and want to work with you
- I want to visit you short term to do research
I have a question about your research/software
I am always super-happy to hear about people appreciating my work. If you have a technical question about a research paper, it is best to try to get in contact with all of the authors, so the most appropriate person can respond as quickly as possible.
If you have a question about a software toolkit that I developed, I encourage you to get in contact with the mailing list for the toolkit, or post an issue on GitHub if you've found a bug. This will maximize the number of eyes looking at your problem, which can improve the chances of a speedy response. If you don't know where to find the mailing list, telling me "I couldn't find the mailing list" in your email will remind me to make one.
I am at/accepted to CMU and want to work with you
Great! Every year I plan on taking one to a few students as advisees, and am usually open to supervising independent study projects if time permits. If you are already at CMU, feel free to email me and we can arrange a meeting. If you have been accepted to the program but are not at CMU yet, email me and we can have a meeting after you arrive.
I am applying to CMU and want to work with you
I'm happy to hear that! I am always looking to work with great and enthusiastic students in my research areas. Also, CMU is a great place to study about natural language processing, computational linguistics, and speech. The Language Technologies Institute (where I am affiliated) has a larger mass of people working on these areas than anywhere in the world, as far as I know, and everyone is doing really interesting stuff.
The way applications work in the LTI is that you first apply to the program, get accepted, and then in the first weeks after joining the school all students pair up with an advisor. Note that in interest of fairness, I can't give any advice on preparing your application or put in a good word for you, so regardless of whether you contact me in advance or not, this will not increase your chances of getting in to the program. Because of this, I'd encourage you to go ahead and apply for the program, and after you've gotten in, get in contact with me.
Of course, if you have any specific questions not covered above, feel free to get in contact with me, and put "[prospective-student]" at the beginning of the email title so I know that you already understand the stuff here.
I want to do a short-term research visit with you
Great! Because my main obligations are to support the actual students at CMU, I cannot accept all visitors due to monetary and time constraints, but in some cases we can work things out. Specifically, I hope that all visitors will at least satisfy the following conditions:
- Have funding for travel: I do not have extra money to fund incoming visitors at this point (if I do, I'll post something here), so you must be able to fund your own visit through a scholarship or other means.
- Have relevant research experience: Because it takes a long time to teach necessary research skills, at the moment I expect short-term visitors to have at least some relevant experience already. Hopefully you will at least be in a PhD program and have at least one paper at one of the venues in the field in which I publish (submitted at least).
If you satisfy the criteria, please feel free to get in contact (send your home page or CV and research papers, etc.) and we'll see if we can work something out! If I don't know you already put "[prospective-visitor]" at the beginning of your email title just to make sure I know you read the info.