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 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 post an issue on GitHub. This will maximize the number of eyes looking at your problem, which can improve the chances of a speedy response.
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 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 materially 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.
The most common question I get is "will you be taking students?" and at the moment the answer for Fall 2023 admissions (application due December 2022) is "maybe one, with a focus on the areas of machine learning or interpretability for NLP."
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 am at/accepted to CMU and want to work with you
Great! The great majority of these students are from the LTI PhD program, but I also sometimes work with PhD students from other departments as well. If you are not in the PhD program but would like to do a research project together, I'd encourage you to first enroll in one of the classes I teach (such as Advanced NLP or Multilingual NLP), which is probably the easiest way of doing so.
I want to do a research visit/internship with you
I get a lot of email requesting visits from really great and interesting researchers, and I really appreciate your interest. Unfortunately, however, due to my personal time constraints and also the limited number of seats I can allocate for visitors in my lab, I won't be able to take any additional visitors in 2022. I get a lot of email requesting short-term or long-term internships (particularly over the summer), so as much as I would like to, I can't respond to all of them personally.