I am a Ph.D. student in Computational linguistics at the University of Washington in Seattle. My research
interest is in building a computatational-analytical grammar of the Thai language, and my adviser is
Prof. Emily Bender. I am the author of agree, a concurrent parser/generator for the DELPH-IN joint reference formalism on the .NET platform.|
A grammar is a model of a natural language which maps structure (syntax) to meaning (semantics). The computational-analytical grammars I work with are described by structured sets of constraints which are subject to graph unification. These rule-based models are analytical because they consist of precisely authored systems of simultaneous constraints, and they are computational because, after taking care that the models remain tractable, they can be experimentally deployed to test and refine linguistic hypotheses.
In 1997, I launched thai-language.com, an English-language educational resource for the Thai language which has become popular. Since then, the site has expanded to include message forums, a 56,000 word supervised-entry lexicon, reference pages, lessons, and more. I continue to develop new content and features for the site, assisted by a number of volunteers worldwide.
In the summer of 2009, as a contract developer at Microsoft Research, I completed integration tasks for enabling Thai language translation in the Microsoft Bing Translator. My paper describing this work was published at the Workshop on South and Southeast Asian Natural Language Processing at COLING 2010.
I hold a B.S.Econ from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and M.Sci. in Computational Linguistics from the University of Washington.
I am also a jazz pianist. After receiving a B.Mus. from Cornish College of the Arts in 2000, I worked professionaly as the leader of small combos, performing on over 400 nights at the Alexis Hotel/Painted Table Restaurant and Sorrento Hotel/Fireside Room in Seattle. I've studied music in Brazil and Cuba.
At the top of this page is a photograph I took at the moment in 1996 when all of Thailand paused to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the coronation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Women Learning Thai