office: Hackerman 225 (inside 226)
email: obuzek at csjhuedu

Olivia Buzek

Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins University since fall 2011


I am currently a first-year PhD student at the Center for Language and Speech Processing at Johns Hopkins University. Currently my research is with Ben Van Durme funded by the Human Language Technology Center of Excellence. I am investigating location prediction as part of a team working on authorship attribution analytics.

I spent the summer of 2011, and will be spending the summer of 2012, at the HLTCOE, as a part of the SCALE workshop.

Before coming to the CLSP, I worked in the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing lab at the University of Maryland, College Park with Philip Resnik and Ben Bederson. My work there was on crowdsourcing linguistic annotation tasks on Amazon's Mechanical Turk, as a part of the monolingual translation projects MonoTrans and ParaTrans.

I spent the summer of 2010 at the JHU CLSP, at the annual summer workshop. I was part of the statistical machine translation team, where I worked on improving machine translation via smoothing by the addition of a backoff grammar.



Using Targeted Paraphrasing and Monolingual Crowdsourcing to Improve Translation
P. Resnik, O. Buzek, Y. Kronrod, C. Hu, A.J. Quinn, B.B. Bederson. ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology.
(in press)
The Value of Monolingual Crowdsourcing in a Real-World Translation Scenario: Simulation using Haitian Creole Emergency SMS Messages
C. Hu, P. Resnik, Y. Kronrod, V. Eidelman, O. Buzek, B.B. Bederson. WMT 2011.
Using Monolingual Human Computation to Improve Language Translation via Targeted Paraphrase
P. Resnik, C. Hu, O. Buzek, B.B. Bederson. The 2nd Human Computation Workshop (HCOMP 2010).
Position Paper: Improving Translation via Targeted Paraphrasing
Y. Kronrod, P. Resnik, O. Buzek, C. Hu, A. Quinn and B.B. Bederson. Proceedings of the Ninth Conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA 2010).
Improving Translation via Targeted Paraphrasing
P. Resnik, O. Buzek, C. Hu, Y. Kronrod, A. Quinn and B.B. Bederson. Proceedings of Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2010).
Models for Synchronous Grammar Induction
P. Blunsom, C. Callison-Burch, T. Cohn, C. Dyer, J. Graehl, A. Lopez, J. Botha, V. Eidelman, T. Nguyen, Z. Wang, J. Weese, O. Buzek, and D. Chen. Johns Hopkins University CLSP Summer Workshop Final Report. (JHU CLSP WS-2010).
Error Driven Paraphrase Annotation using Mechanical Turk
O. Buzek, P. Resnik, and B.B. Bederson. Proceedings of the NAACL HLT 2010 Workshop on Creating Speech and Language Data with Amazon's Mechanical Turk. (NAACL-HLT workshop 2010).
Crowdsourcing the evaluation of a domain-adapted named entity recognition system
A.B. Sayeed, T.J. Meyer, H.C. Nguyen, O. Buzek and A. Weinberg. Human Language Technologies: The 2010 Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics. (NAACL-HLT 2010).


600.315/415: Databases (@JHU) - TA
600.109 [Intersession 2012]: C++ Crash Course (@JHU) - Instructor
600.226 [Fall2011]: Data Structures (@JHU) - TA