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( My most to-date CV is available as pdf here.)

Personal Statement

I try to make the world a better place by improving myself though study, discipline, and having fun.

Academic Experience

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Southern California.
  • M.S. in Computational Linguistics, University of Southern California.
  • B.A. in Linguistics, minor in Natural Sciences, University of Southern California.
  • Diploma Regis High School, Eau Claire, WI.
  • Additional coursework at: Huadong Shifan Daxue (East China Normal University) in Shanghai, University of Minnesota (Minneapolis/St.Paul), and University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire.

Relevant Work Experience

  • Research Assistant, SAIL Lab, University of Southern California Signal and Image Processing Institute (2002-present).
  • Speech Recognition Audio Engineer, Alelo Tactical Language Training, Marina Del Rey, CA (2009-2010).
  • Summer Researcher, AT&T Shannon Laboratory, Florham Park, NJ (Summer 2008).
  • Programmer, C++ Library for Audio and Music (CLAM) Open Source Project (Google Summer of Code 2007).
  • Intern, USC Institute for Creative Technologies, Marina Del Rey, CA (Summer 2002 and 2004).
  • English Teacher, Shanghai China (Summer 2001).
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, SAIL Lab, University of Southern California Signal and Image Processing Institute (2000-2002).

Professional Societies

  • IEEE : Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • ISCA: International Speech Communication Association.
  • Milibo : The Trusted Talent Network.
  • SIGDIAL : Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue.

Languages

  • Human Languages : English (native), Spanish (conversational fluency), Mandarin Chinese (intermediate), Farsi, Indonesian, Dari, Pashto, Iraqi Arabic, French (limited work and/or travel contact).
  • Artificial Languages : (in order of experience) Perl5, C/C++, Javascript, Bash, Python, TCL, first order logic, Java, PHP, Lisp/Scheme, ActionScript.

Volunteering

  • FAMLI LA / OLPC : Teaching computer skills and the One Laptop Per Child XO to middle school students through the Foundation for Arts, Mentoring, Leadership, and Innovation (FAMLI).
  • Teaching high school engineering projects and SAT preparation: a SAIL lab volunteering project led by "Jimmy" James Gibson.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary: Promote boating education and safety. Marina Del Rey Flotilla 12-07.


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