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Alexander Yates
Assistant Professor
Center for Data Analytics and Biomedical Informatics
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
College of Science and Technology
Temple University
Contact Information:
Office: Wachman Hall 303A
Phone: 215-204-8869
Fax: 215-204-5082
Email: temple email address
Mailing Address:
324 Wachman Hall
Temple University
1805 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122


I am interested in all aspects of artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing, and computer vision. Currently, my lab's research focuses on the question of how to best represent the meaning of words and phrases in language-processing systems, and on how to extract knowledge from text for use by automated agents.

Some recent publications:

Avirup Sil and Alexander Yates. Re-ranking for Joint Named-Entity Recognition and Linking. Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM), 2013.

Nominated for Best Paper Award: Qingqing Cai and Alexander Yates. Large-scale Semantic Parsing via Schema Matching and Lexicon Extension. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), 2013.

Fei Huang, Arun Ahuja, Doug Downey, Yi Yang, Yuhong Guo, and Alexander Yates. Learning Representations for Weakly Supervised Natural Language Processing Tasks. Computational Linguistics (to appear), 2013.

Qingqing Cai and Alexander Yates. Semantic Parsing Freebase: Towards Open-domain Semantic Parsing. Proceedings of the Second Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics (*SEM), 2013.

Yi Yang, Alexander Yates, and Doug Downey. Overcoming the Memory Bottleneck in Distributed Training of Latent Variable Models of Text. Proceedings of the Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies(NAACL-HLT), 2013.

Min Xiao, Yuhong Guo, and Alexander Yates. Semi-supervised Representation Learning for Domain Adaptation using Dynamic Dependency Networks. Proceedings of the International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING), 2012.

Fei Huang and Alexander Yates. Biased Representation Learning for Domain Adaptation. Proceedings of the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), 2012.

Avirup Sil, Ernest Cronin, Penghai Nie, Yinfei Yang, Ana-Maria Popescu, and Alexander Yates. Linking Named Entities to Any Database. Proceedings of the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), 2012.

Avirup Sil, Angela Shelton, Diane Jass Ketelhut, and Alexander Yates. Automatic Grading of Scientific Inquiry. The 7th Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications (BEA 7), 2012.

(more on my research ...)


I usually teach introductory programming courses in Java, as well as graduate courses in text mining and data management.