Julie Medero

I am an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Harvey Mudd College.

Current Courses

In Fall 2017, I am co-teaching CS70 (Data Structures and Program Development) with Prof. Beth Trushkowsky.

Office Hours

For Fall 2017, my office hours are:

In addition, I have an open-door policy, so if you see that I'm around, feel free to stop by.

Past Courses

Research

Kinetic Typography

The kinetic typography team is exploring ways to apply machine learning and natural language processing technologies to automatically create visualizations of text for language learners. The students who are working in this area publish updates on a project blog.

Automatic Text Simplification

My primary research interest is in applications of NLP and machine learning to literacy education. In particular, I'm interested in how we can use signal processing and machine learning to understand which words and sentences are difficult for readers. Then I use linguistic features to learn how to automatically reduce the difficulty of a text using machine learning techniques. My students who are working in this area publish updates on a project blog.

Active Transportation

My other current project is exploring ways that we can apply computing to encourage more school-aged children to walk and bike to school. My students who are working in this area also have a project blog that outlines their work in walking school bus routing and low-cost air quality sensors.

Education

Data

From 2003 to 2007, I worked as a programmer for the Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC). I worked on the following data sets that are available through the LDC:

Software

While at the LDC, I worked on the ACE Annotation Tool for annotating entities, relations and events in English, Chinese and Arabic texts.

Publications

"Automatic Characterization of Text Difficulty," Ph.D. Thesis, University of Washington, August 2014, Julie Medero. pdf

"Atypical Prosodic Structure as an Indicator of Reading Level and Text Difficulty," Proc. NAACL HLT, June 2013, Julie Medero, Mari Ostendorf. pdf

"Identifying Targets for Syntactic Simplification," Proc. SLaTE Workshop, September 2011, Julie Medero, Mari Ostendorf. pdf

"Analysis of Vocabulary Difficulty Using Wiktionary", Proc. SLaTE Workshop, September 2009, Julie Medero, Mari Ostendorf. pdf

"Classifying factored genres with part-of-speech histograms", Proc. NAACL HLT, pp 173-176, Sergey Feldman, Marius Marin, Julie Medero, Mari Ostendorf. pdf

"Annotation Tool Development for Large-Scale Corpus Creation Projects at the Linguistic Data Consortium", LREC 2008: Sixth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, 2008, Kazuaki Maeda, Haejoong Lee, Shawn Medero, Julie Medero, Robert Parker, Stephanie Strassel.pdf

"An Efficient Approach for Gold-Standard Annotation: Decision Points for Complex Tasks", LREC 2006: Fifth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, 2006, Julie Medero, Kazuaki Maeda, Stephanie Strassel, Christopher Walker .pdf

"A New Phase in Annotation Tool Development at the Linguistic Data Consortium: The Evolution of the Annotation Graph Toolkit", LREC 2006: Fifth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, 2006, Kazuaki Maeda, Haejoong Lee, Julie Medero, Stephanie Strassel. pdf

"A Modular Software Architecture for Heterogeneous Robot Tasks", AAAI Mobile Robot Competition 2002: 18-23, Julie Corder, Oliver Hsu, Andrew Stout, Bruce A. Maxwell. pdf