Brooke Cowan

Post-Doctoral Associate

MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
32 Vassar Street, 32-G480
Cambridge, MA 02139

I finished at MIT in June 2009.


I am a post-doctoral associate at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory with a half-time teaching, half-time research appointment. I am currently teaching 6.01, Introduction to EECS 1 with Leslie Kaelbling, Tomas Lozano-Perez, Denny Freeman, Antonio Torralba, Joel Dawson, and Berthold Horn, and others.

In June 2008, I finished my PhD thesis under the supervision of Michael Collins. My doctoral thesis research was the area of in statistical natural language processing, in particular machine translation and parsing. In January 2004, I finished my master's thesis on natural language generation with Stephanie Seneff of the Spoken Language Systems Group.

Before I started graduate school, I spent a year teaching Spanish at the Keys School before deciding to become a credentialed teacher through UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Education. I then spent two years teaching in a Spanish immersion program at Hatch Elementary School in Half Moon Bay, CA.

I graduated with a B.A. in American Studies from Stanford University.



Brooke Cowan, 2008. A Tree-to-Tree Model for Statistical Machine Translation. PhD Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (You can also check out the slides from my thesis defense.)

Philipp Koehn, Nicola Bertoldi, Ondrej Bojar, Chris Callison-Burch, Alexandra Constantin, Brooke Cowan, Chris Dyer, Marcello Federico, Evan Herbst, Hieu Hoang, Christine Moran, Wade Shen, and Richard Zens, 2007. Open Source Toolkit for Statistical Machine Translation: Factored Translation Models and Confusion Network Decoding. CLSP Summer Workshop Final Report WS-2006, Johns Hopkins University. (You can also see the ACL-2007 demo paper on the Moses toolkit for a short description of the software.)

Brooke Cowan, Ivona Kučerová, and Michael Collins, 2006. A Discriminative Model for Tree-to-Tree Translation. In Proceedings of EMNLP-2006.

Brooke Cowan and Michael Collins, 2005. Morphology and Reranking for the Statistical Parsing of Spanish. In Proceedings of EMNLP-2005.

Brooke Cowan, 2004. PLUTO: A Preprocessor for Multilingual Spoken Language Generation. Master's Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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Last updated: February 2011