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Naomi Feldman
1401 Marie Mount Hall
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-5800
nhf (at) umd (dot) edu
I'm an assistant 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 sound category representations, investigating how people learn sound categories robustly from limited data and how those categories affect their subsequent perception of sounds.

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.

There are lots of things going on at Maryland that are related to computational psycholinguistics. Here's a sampling:
Mayfest 2012: The Role of Computational Models in Linguistic Theory
NECPhon 2012: Northeast Computational Phonology Workshop
LING 848: Bayesian Nonparametrics (co-taught with Jordan Boyd-Graber and Hal Daumé III)
LING 848: Linguistic Prediction, a.k.a. "Bayes in the brain" (co-taught with Hal Daumé III and Ellen Lau)

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