ASAD B. SAYEED

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SUMMARY

I am a computer science PhD student at the University of Maryland affiliated with the Laboratory for Computational Linguistics and Information Processing (CLIP). My experience runs the gamut from information retrieval to syntactic theory to sentiment analysis, and I have teaching experience as a discussion/lab section TA.

I expect to finish my dissertation this summer. I am looking to start new employment in the fall, either at academic institutions or at private or public research facilities (including industry) that offer the opportunity to publish at major conferences and in journals. I am either a language-aware computer scientist or a computation-aware linguist depending on your perspective.


EDUCATION

University of Maryland College Park, Maryland
Doctor of Philosophy (in progress) Started September 2004

Advisor: Prof. Amy Weinberg

Achieved candidacy March 2010.

Current thesis title: "A distributional and syntactic approach to fine-grained opinion mining."


University of Ottawa Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Master of Computer Science 2003 January to 2005 August

Thesis: Developing a Minimalist Parser for Free Word Order Languages
Advisor: Prof. Stan Szpakowicz


Carleton University Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Bachelor of Computer Science, Highest Honours 1998 September to 2002 December

Honours Project: Parsing Techniques for Free Word Order Languages as Exemplified by Latin. Supervised by Prof. Stan Szpakowicz.


PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Asad Sayeed, Bryan Rusk, Martin Petrov, Hieu Nguyen, Timothy Meyer, and Amy Weinberg. Crowdsourcing syntactic relatedness judgements for opinion mining in the study of information technology adoption. To appear at the ACL 2011 workshop on Language Technology for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, and Humanities (LaTeCH 2011), Portland, USA. (9 pages)

Asad Sayeed, Hieu Nguyen, Timothy Meyer, and Amy Weinberg. ``Expresses-an-opinion-about'': using corpus statistics in an information extraction approach to opinion mining. International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2010), Beijing, China. (poster volume pp.1095-1103, 41% acceptance rate)

Asad Sayeed, Timothy Meyer, Hieu Nguyen, Olivia Buzek, and Amy Weinberg. Crowdsourcing the evaluation of a domain-adapted named-entity recognition system. Annual meeting of the North American chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL-HLT 2010), Los Angeles, USA. (pp.345-348, 35% acceptance rate)

Chia-Jung Tsui, Ping Wang, Kenneth Fleischmann, Asad Sayeed, and Amy Weinberg. Building an IT taxonomy with co-occurrence analysis, hierarchical clustering, and multidimensional scaling. iConference 2010, Urbana-Champaign, USA. (pp.247-256)

Chia-Jung Tsui, Ping Wang, Kenneth Fleischmann, Douglas Oard, and Asad Sayeed. Exploring the relationships among ICTs: a scalable computational approach using KL-divergence and Hierarchical Clustering. HICSS-43 (2010). (10 pages)

Chia-Jung Tsui, Ping Wang, Kenneth Fleischmann, Douglas Oard, and Asad Sayeed. Understanding IT innovations by computational analysis of discourse. International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2009), Phoenix, USA. (3 pages)

Asad Sayeed, Soumitra Sarkar, Yu Deng, Rafah Hosn, Ruchi Mahindru, and Nithya Rajamani. Characteristics of document similarity measures for compliance analysis. ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2009), Hong Kong. (pp. 1207-1216, 13% acceptance rate)

Asad Sayeed, Tamer Elsayed, Nikesh Garera, David Alexander, Tan Xu, Douglas Oard, David Yarowsky, and Christine Piatko. Arabic cross-document coreference detection. Annual meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2009), Singapore. (pp.357-360, 26% acceptance rate)

James Mayfield, David Alexander, Bonnie Dorr, Jason Eisner, Tamer Elsayed, Tim Finin, Clay Fink, Marjorie Freedman, Nikesh Garera, Paul McNamee, Saif Mohammad, Douglas Oard, Christine Piatko, Asad Sayeed, Zareen Syed, Ralph Weischedel, Tan Xu, and David Yarowsky. Cross-document coreference resolution: a key technology for learning by reading. AAAI 2009 Spring Symposium on Learning by Reading and Learning to Read, Stanford, California. (pp.65-70)

Tan Xu, Douglas W. Oard, Tamer Elsayed, and Asad Sayeed. Knowledge representation from information extraction. Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2008), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Asad Sayeed. Minimalist parsing of subjects displaced from embedded clauses in a free word order language. Annual meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2005), Ann Arbor, USA. (student session pp.97-102, 37% acceptance rate)

Asad Sayeed and Stan Szpakowicz. Estimating suboptimal grammaticality from a small Latin corpus. Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing (RANLP 2005), Borovets, Bulgaria. (7 pages, 14% acceptance rate)

Asad Sayeed and Stan Szpakowicz. Developing a minimalist parser for free word order languages with discontinuous constituency. In José Luis Vicedo, Patricio Martínez-Barco, Rafael Muñoz, and Maximiliano Saiz, editors, Advances in Natural Language Processing, 4th international conference (EsTAL). Lecture Notes in Computer Science 3230. Springer-Verlag, 2004. (pp. 115-126)


WORKING PAPERS

Asad Sayeed and Amy Weinberg. Complementizer-stranding by phase.. (59 pages)


WORK EXPERIENCE

University of Maryland College Park, Maryland
Research Assistantship with Prof. Doug Oard, Prof. Ping Wang, and Prof. Ken Fleischmann 2008 September to present

The University of Maryland's Computational Linguistics and Information Processing Laboratory participates along with the College of Library and Information Studies in the PopIT Project. This project develops techniques to use text mining and sentiment analysis over the IP trade press to answer sociological questions about the propagation of technologies and attitudes towards them.


IBM T. J. Watson Research Center Hawthorne, New York
Internship with Dr. Rafah Hosn and Dr. Soumitra Sarkar 2008 June to 2008 August

I worked with IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center department for Services Research, most specifically the Engagement Information Leverage project. This project focused on advanced techniques to mine IBM's internal business documents to improve IBM's profitability.

University of Maryland College Park, Maryland
Research Assistantship with Prof. Doug Oard and Prof. Amy Weinberg 2007 September to present

The University of Maryland's Computational Linguistics and Information Processing Laboratory is a partner with Johns Hopkins University and other institutions in the Human Language Technology Center of Excellence. I am involved in their project on multi-document named-entity linking.


IBM T. J. Watson Research Center Yorktown Heights, New York
Internship with Dr. Young-Suk Lee, Dr. Yaser al-Onaizan, and Dr. Salim Roukos 2007 July to 2007 August

IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center has a large research team involved in work on leading-edge Statistical Machine Translation techniques.


Espial Group Inc. Ottawa, Ontario
Co-op student on Micro Edition Team 2001 May to 2001 August

The Espial Group develops API suites for developing consumer applications for embedded systems in Java.


Object Technology International Inc. Ottawa, Ontario
Co-op student on User Interface Team 2000 May to 2000 December

OTI, now part of IBM Ottawa Labs, was an IBM-owned firm that creates object-oriented software development environments, including VisualAge for Java and Eclipse. I worked on the team that was just initiating development of the Eclipse environment.


Object Technology International Inc. Ottawa, Ontario
Co-op student on VisualAge for Java Product Team 1999 May to 1999 August


RECENT SERVICE ACTIVITIES

2009-2010 - elected member of UMD Computer Science Department Council.

2009-2009 - elected member of UMD Computer Science Department education committee.

March 2008 - organized hospitality for SIGIR 2008 program committee meeting at UMD iSchool.

Summer 2007 - ran graduate discussion group on formal grammars and mathematical linguistics


SKILLS

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