Current Students

Jamie Brandon

Jamie earned a BA in Mathematics and a BS in Physics at Adrian College in Michigan, but she found herself devoting more free time to her coding courses. Her senior year, she took her first linguistics course, and she knew she wanted to change her path. Computational Linguistics combines the analytical and creative. Jamie enjoys the challenges and rewards that naturally accompany the field.

Carolina Caprile

Carolina holds a BA in Literature and Linguistics from Universidad del Salvador (Buenos Aires, Argentina). Carolina has worked for 2.5 years as a Language Analyst in a tech company that uses semantic technology and now is pursuing a MS in Computational Linguistics at Brandeis University.

Lucino Chiafullo

Lucino earned his BA&Sc in Cognitive Science at McGill University with a focus in Linguistics and Computer Science.  He became fascinated with Phonetics and Morphology while studying at McGill, and hopes to combine these interests with his passion for Computer Science and Speech Therapy during his studies at Brandeis.

Sarah earned her BA in Italian and Spanish from Tufts University before going on to get her MA in Spanish and French to English Translation at the University of Geneva. While in Geneva, her focus was on translation technologies, which eventually drew her to the field of computational linguistics. Her current interests include NLP, corpus linguistics, and speech-to-text technology.

Shantina Jwu-Hsuan Hwang

Shantina earned her BA in Foreign Languages and Literature from National Tsing Hua University in 2015. She then worked as a Project Manager at a manufacturing company. Linguistics is always the subject that interests her the most so she is now pursuing a MS in Computational Linguistics at Brandeis University.

Marjan Kamyab

Marjan has a Master’s degree (concentrating in Applied Linguistics) from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran, and a Bachelor’s degree in Translation studies from Azad University in Shiraz, Iran. Marjan has a deep and longstanding interest in natural language processing and has taken several courses in this field at Montclair State University. She is currently a graduate student in Computational Linguistics at Brandeis University.

John Laurentiev

John earned his BS in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He worked in research administration for a few years at a hospital in Boston, but became fascinated with linguistics while learning Japanese in his free time. His technical background and new-found interest in linguistics led him to the decision to study computational linguistics at Brandeis.

Congzhu (Connie) Lin

Connie received her BA in economics with a minor in linguistics from UCLA where she also took several courses in computer sciences. She then decided to change her career path to pursue her interest in both linguistics and technology. Besides NLP, Connie is also interested in semantics and pragmatics.

Elena Álvarez Mellado

Elena is fascinated by linguistics, technology and the interaction between them. She studied Linguistics at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) and in Université Diderot Paris 7 (France) and since then she has been involved in different projects related to Computational Linguistics. She is also a language writer committed to popularising linguistics among the general public.

Molly Moran

Molly is a lifelong hobbyist poet, fascinated by both the structure and the chaos of natural language. She holds a BA in linguistics from Williams College, where she first developed interests in syntax, semantics, prosody, and their various interfaces. Molly is coming to Brandeis to refine her computational skillset, and ultimately aims to improve and expand upon assistive speech technologies.

Lily Katherine Kawehi Ng

Lily received her BA in Linguistics from UC Santa Cruz. While there, she discovered her love for syntax. After working on the Santa Cruz Ellipsis Project within the Linguistics Department at UCSC, she was inspired to pursue her degree in Computational Linguistics.

Irina Onoprienko

Irina got her BS in Linguistics at MIT, where she focused on language acquisition. After graduating, she took a job working on Speech Data at Google, which ignited her interest in computational linguistics and brought her to Brandeis. At the moment, she’s particularly interested text-to-speech and speech recognition, and hopes to play a part in shaping the future of speech technology.

Alexander Townsend Reese

Alex attended Indiana University where he received his BS in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. While there, he also attended some courses in Linguistics and fell in love with it. He is here at Brandeis to pursue his interests in both fields through the MS program in Computational Linguistics.

Samantha Richards
Samantha Richards

Samantha did her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied psychology, anthropology, and linguistics. She spent the past two years before coming to Brandeis working in psychiatric research, where she became interested in developing computational technologies for educational and research settings. A lifelong lover of languages, she is particularly interested in applying the tools of both linguistics and computer science to second language learning.

Hayley Ross

Hayley received her Master’s in Mathematics from Oxford University in 2015. After graduating, she worked for a boutique software development company in the UK, but found herself drawn towards the areas of natural language processing in the hope of making software more accessible to casual users. On the side, she retains a secret love of formal logic from her mathematics degree.

Kaylen Sanders

Kaylen received her BA in Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh, with minors in Computer Science and Nonfiction Writing. While generally fascinated by the intersection of language and technology, her current interest lies in computational semantics and how we can increase technological sensitivity to contextual meaning.

Kristen Sheets
Kristen Sheets

Kristen received her BA in Linguistics from UC Santa Cruz. After graduating, she spent several years at Google, working on their Localization team. Recently, she has been working as an analyst and engineer at a data startup specializing in location signal insights. A desire to return to the world of linguistics has brought her to the Computational Linguistics program at Brandeis.

Keren Sun

Keren earned her BA in French Language & Literature at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, where she discovered her interest in linguistics and programming. Before graduating, she did a summer internship in a linguistics lab at Simon Fraser University. Working as a research assistant, she got inspired to pursue a degree in Computational Linguistics to combine her knowledge in linguistics and skills in computer science.

Jane Taschman

Jane earned her BA from Brandeis University in 2014 with majors in Linguistics and Mathematics.  She worked in advertising for a few years and decided to return to Brandeis to pursue her continued passion for linguistics and computer science, with particular interests in NLP, machine translation and sentiment analysis. In her free time, Jane can be found listening to music and/or crocheting and knitting.

David Rubio Vallejo

David earned his PhD in Theoretical Linguistics from the University of Delaware, where he focused on the interaction between modal expressions, tense, and aspect. Although fascinated by NLP in general, David is particularly interested in discourse modeling, as well as conditional and counterfactual reasoning in artificial systems.

Danielle Wilson

Danielle got her BA in Linguistics from Pitzer College in 2015 with a minor in Mathematics and then spent the 2015-2016 school year teaching English in Germany with a Fulbright Fellowship.  She discovered Computer Science late in undergrad, so she came to the CL program at Brandeis to build a foundation in Computer Science and dive deeper into the intersection of Computer Science and Linguistics.

Bingyang Ye

Bingyang received a BA in English and French from Nanjing Normal University (Nanjing, China). He has a passion for languages and linguistics. When he was a freshman, he also took several Computer Science courses, and found them very interesting. So he attend the CL program at Brandeis University and hopes to pursue a career that combines languages and technology.

Jin Zhao

Jin received her BA in English from Sichuan University and MS in  Education from University of Pennsylvania. As an ESL and CSL teacher, she is very eager to help fulfill the potential of computational linguistics in language education. Her love of challenges and meeting people from diverse background brought her to the MS in Computational Linguistics Program at Brandeis.