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Naomi Feldman
1401 Marie Mount Hall
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-5800
nhf (at) umd (dot) edu
*** I'm on sabbatical at MIT for the 2017-2018 academic year. ***

I am deeply disturbed by reports of harassment in our field. Any aspiring computational psycholinguists who are affected by this -- and are looking for collaborators with computational psycholinguistics expertise -- should feel free to get in touch.

I'm an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics and Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland with a focus in computational psycholinguistics. My research uses methods from statistics, machine learning, and automatic speech recognition to formalize questions about how people learn and represent the structure of their language. I use computational models to identify strategies that would allow people to process language effectively, and I use behavioral experiments to determine which of these strategies people actually use. I have primarily applied these methods to studying speech representations, investigating how people learn about the sounds of their language robustly from limited data and how that knowledge affects their subsequent perception of sounds. I have also looked at the problem of statistical learning more generally, asking how language learners can identify and rely on the aspects of their input that are most useful for learning.

I'm affiliated with the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing Lab, the Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, and the Infant and Child Studies Consortium. I'm an active member of the university's interdisciplinary Language Science community.

I can advise students through the graduate programs in linguistics, NACS, and computer science. If you're a prospective student interested in working with me, please apply to whichever program you're most interested in and mention me as a potential advisor in your application. Computer science applicants should be aware that simply being admitted to the graduate program in computer science does not guarantee that you can work with a particular advisor; see Philip Resnik's more detailed note about this here.

I'm in a web comic! I play the role of "some girl" at Brown University.