I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Linguistics at UC Berkeley. Previously, I was an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington. Before that, I graduated with a Ph.D. from Harvard.
My research focuses on developing deep learning models for speech data. More specifically, I train models to learn representations of spoken words from raw audio outputs. I combine machine learning with behavioral experiments and statistical models to better understand how neural networks learn internal representations in speech and how humans learn to speak. I have worked and published on sound systems of various language families such as Indo-European, Caucasian, and Austronesian languages.
In a recent set of papers (here and here), I propose that language acquisition can be modeled with Generative Adversarial Networks and propose a technique for exploring the relationship between learned representations and latent space in deep convolutional networks.
I will be building a lab on speech and computation at Berkeley. Feel free to contact me if you’re interested in getting involved with the lab.
Department of Linguistics
1203 Dwinelle Hall #2650
Berkeley, CA 94720-2650