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Dr. Varada Kolhatkar

Office: RCB 9208

Dr. Varada Kolhatkar was born and raised in Pune, India, where she completed her undergraduate degree in computer science. Dr. Kolhatkar pursued her Master of Science degree at the University of Minnesota Duluth under the supervision of Dr.Ted Pedersen, completing her MSc thesis An Extended Analysis of a Method of All Words Sense Disambiguation in 2009. Her doctoral work with Dr. Graeme Hirst at the University of Toronto cumulated in her PhD dissertation Resolving Shell Nouns in 2015. Dr. Kolhatkar recently worked at the Canadian technology firm Privacy Analytics Inc. on issues surrounding anonymization of unstructured data. 

Dr. Kolhatkar came to SFU as a post-doctoral fellow in September of 2016 with a keen interest in furthering her understanding of linguistics. She will be working with Dr. Maite Taboada on sentiment analysis and opinion mining.

Dr. Katharina Ehret

https://sites.google.com/site/katlehret/
Office: RCB 9208

Katharina's research focuses on usage-based variationist linguistics and includes its intersections with information-theory, cross-language typology, second language acquisition research, and phonology. Her PhD thesis (University of Freiburg, Germany) explores an algorithmic, information-theoretic measure of language complexity  that she applied to English varieties and beyond. Katharina is now working in the Discourse Processing Lab where she will analyse the complexity (and its variation) in online news comments. She will also work on a project that will marry corpus-based quantitative methodologies to discourse analysis by investigating the relationship between register, language complexity and features of opinionated writing. She is at SFU thanks to a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Dr. Fatemeh Torabi Asr

https://ftasr.github.io/
Office: RCB 8113

Fatemeh received her Master's degree in software engineering from Shiraz University (Iran) and her PhD in computer science with an interdisciplinary thesis on discourse and information theory from Saarland University (Germany). She's interested in computational and psycholinguistics and has just completed a postdoc in the psychology department at Indiana University. Her new research at SFU will be focused on deception detection and fake news.

Dr. Claire Moore-Cantwell

http://www.clairemoorecantwell.org/
Office: RCB 8113
Phonological Processing Lab: RCB 7204

Claire is a phonologist with expertise in morphological and lexical variation, exceptions, computational modeling and both behavioural and neurological research methods. Her dissertation (UMass, 2016) manages to be about all of these things simultaneously, and also English stress. Before coming to SFU she held a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Connecticut, and she is now working in the Phonological Processing Lab on our child L2 SSHRC project -- as well as all her other projects.

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