We're excited to bring the next iteration of Emora to life, putting in place new ideas and strategies that build on top of our efforts that led us to win last year’s Alexa Prize.
We are a diverse group of graduate and undergraduate students from Emory University who are interested in dialogue systems and natural language processing. We are excited to bring the next iteration of Emora to life, putting in place new ideas and strategies that build on top of our efforts that led us to win last year’s Alexa Prize. Our vision for Emora is to break free from the scripted and stiff nature of talking to socialbots, and enable collaborative and compelling interactions to take place.
Sarah F. - Team leader
Sarah is a third-year PhD student in Computer Science in the Natural Language Processing Lab at Emory University. This is her second year participating as Team Lead in the Alexa Prize. Her research interests are in natural language processing, especially for dialogue management in conversational systems.
James is a third year PhD student working with Professor Jinho Choi at Emory University's Natural Language Processing Lab. This is his second year participating in the Alexa Prize. He is particularly interested in dialogue research, with an emphasis on dialogue management and chat-oriented dialogue.
As a third-year undergraduate student at Emory, I’m studying Applied Mathematics/Statistics and Psychology. I’m greatly interested in how people generate thoughts and make conversations, which brought me to the Emora team. I view myself as an amateur of diverse fields including data science, psychology, graphic design, and music. In my spare time, I usually plan a future trip, watch latest movies, bake a crepe cake, go to karaoke with my friends, or play the ukulele. My favorite quote is “stars can’t shine without darkness”.
Han is a third year PhD student, working on parsing with Prof. Jinho Choi.
Mack is a junior at Emory University majoring in Computer Science (BS) and English (BA). He is from Houston, Texas and enjoys literature, programming, and music.
Daniil is an Undergraduate Computer Science student currently based in Atlanta. Having worked on a research paper on imagine classification of bacterial bio films, he is now focusing on NLP.
Jinho Choi - Faculty advisor
Jinho Choi is an assistant professor of Computer Science, Quantitative Theory and Methods, and Linguistics at Emory University. He obtained MSE in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania supervised by Mitch Marcus, PhD in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from the University of Colorado Boulder supervised by Martha Palmer, and postdoctoral at the University of Massachusetts Amherst supervised by Andrew McCallum. His research is focused on Machine Comprehension and Dialogue Management with the overarching goal of building innovative models for deep contextual understanding in dialogue that subsequently enables machines to conduct engaging and meaningful conversations with humans.