Mandy Korpusik

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Loyola Marymount University

office: Doolan Hall 201B


I just started as an Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount University! My ASLP journal article on asking followup clarification questions was just published in August, and my Interspeech paper on semantic tagging with BERT will be published in September. If you're interested in trying out the spoken diet tracking system I built during my PhD, feel free to download Coco Nutritionist from the Apple Store. Please let me know if you have any feedback!

About me

I graduated with my PhD from MIT in June, 2019 and I am starting as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Loyola Marymount University this Fall! My primary research interest is natural language processing (NLP), especially spoken language understanding and dialogue systems. For my PhD, I designed novel convolutional neural network models that perform semantic tagging and mapping of natural language meal descriptions to semantically similar USDA food database entries. I also demonstrated that asking followup clarification questions with deep reinforcement learning boosts food recall performance by narrowing down the search space. I showed that these neural convolutional models generalize to other tasks beyond nutrition, including semantic tagging of user queries in flight and movie booking domains, as well as dialogue state tracking for restaurant booking conversations. I am interested in developing conversational agents that use recurrent neural network models to converse naturally with humans, and reinforcement learning to adapt online to users in order to personalize each interaction.


Here's my CV. [pdf]




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Last updated: 8/31/2019