Mike Speriosu



Fifth year PhD student
The University of Texas at Austin
Linguistics Department
My email address is my last name at utexas dot edu.

PhD advisor: Jason Baldridge

Resume: [pdf]

Office: Calhoun (CAL) 521

Research Interests
  • Computational linguistics / Natural language processing
  • Toponym resolution (a part of georeferencing)
  • Sentiment analysis
  • The syntax-phonology interface (no longer actively working on this)

  • Education
  • M.A. Linguistics, The University of Texas at Austin 2011
  • B.S. Computer Science, Stanford University 2008
  • B.A. Linguistics, Stanford University 2008

  • Academic Employment
  • Teaching assistant for Language and Computers with Jason Baldridge (Fall 2012)
  • Research assistant for Jason Baldridge: development of TextGrounder (spatial grounding for natural language texts) as part of TeXIT (August 2009 - Present)
  • Research intern at Drane Associates (Austin, TX): shallow and deep methods for automated textual analysis (February 2009 - August 2009)
  • Teaching assistant for Language and Computers with Jason Baldridge (Spring 2009)
  • Teaching assistant for English as a World Language with Ian Hancock (Fall 2008)
  • Research assistant for Tom Wasow: automatically collected and annotated it-cleft data from the Penn Treebank corpora (Summer 2008)
  • Research assistant for Arto Anttila: analyzed prosodic effects on the English dative alternation via automatic annotation and statistical analysis of the Switchboard corpus (Fall 2006 - Spring 2008)
  • Research intern at JustSystems Corporation (Tokyo, Japan): information retrieval, language modeling, the Semantic Web (Summer 2006)
  • Tutor and small-class teacher of math, computer science, and standardized test preparation at Insight Education (Cupertino, CA), Brighter Future Learning Center (Cupertino, CA), and privately (2004 - 2007)

  • Publications, Posters, and Presentations
  • Michael Speriosu and Jason Baldridge. Text-Driven Toponym Resolution using Indirect Supervision. In Proceedings of ACL 2013, 2013. [pdf] [code]
  • Stephen Roller, Michael Speriosu, Sarat Rallapalli, Benjamin Wing, and Jason Baldridge. Supervised Text-based Geolocation Using Language Models on an Adaptive Grid. In Proceedings of EMNLP-CoNLL 2012, pages 1500-1510, 2012. [pdf] [code]
  • Masters Thesis: Michael Speriosu. Semisupervised sentiment analysis of tweets based on noisy emoticon labels. The University of Texas at Austin. [link]
  • Michael Speriosu, Nikita Sudan, Sid Upadhyay, and Jason Baldridge. Twitter Polarity Classification with Label Propagation over Lexical Links and the Follower Graph. In Proceedings of the EMNLP 2011 Workshop on Unsupervised Learning in NLP, pages 53-63, 2011. [pdf] [code]
  • Michael Speriosu, Travis Brown, Taesun Moon, Jason Baldridge, and Katrin Erk. Connecting language and geography with region-topic models. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Computational Models of Spatial Language Interpretation at Spatial Cognition 2010, pages 33-40, 2010. [pdf] [code]
  • Arto Anttila, Matthew Adams, and Michael Speriosu. The role of prosody in the English dative alternation. Language and Cognitive Processes. 2010. [link]
  • Michael Speriosu. A Phonological Analysis of the Dative Alternation in Spoken English. Poster. LSA Summer Meeting at The Ohio State University. July 11, 2008.
  • Arto Anttila, Matthew Adams, and Michael Speriosu. The role of prosody in constituent ordering. Presentation. Experimental and Theoretical Advances in Prosody. Cornell University. April 11, 2008. [abstract pdf]

  • Manuscripts
  • Michael Speriosu. A Phonological Analysis of the Dative Alternation in Spoken English. Linguistics Undergraduate Research Paper. Stanford University. December 6, 2007. [pdf]
  • Michael Speriosu. Prosodically Analyzing the English Dative Alternation. Lab report. Stanford University. August 31, 2007. [pdf]
  • Francisco Adarve, Helen Kwong, and Mike Speriosu. Topic Segmentation of Meetings Using Lexical Chains. CS224N Final Project Report. Stanford University. June 2007. [pdf]
  • Michael Speriosu and Tetsuya Tashiro. Comparison of Okapi BM25 and Language Modeling Algorithms for NTCIR-6. Manuscript. JustSystems Corporation. September 14, 2006. [pdf]