Mandy Korpusik

Department of Computer Science
Loyola Marymount University

office: Doolan Hall 201B


I completed my second year as an Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount University (LMU)! An SLT 2021 paper with my LMU students Maya Epps and Juan Uribe, on a new dataset we collected for exercise logging, was recently accepted! In addition, an MIT patent for mapping natural language input to database entries via convolutional neural networks, where I'm an inventor, was recently published. 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 now an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Loyola Marymount University! 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. I am interested in developing conversational agents for health that give personalized recommendations.


Here's my CV. [pdf]







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Last updated: 2021-05-03