I am a principal researcher in the Natural Language Processing group at Microsoft Research.

My interests, in no particular order, include Web mining, social networking, query log analysis, web ranking, mass collaboration, online advertising, and online communities. I tend to work within the fields of machine learning and data mining. Most recently, I have been working on natural language processing (e.g., machine reading and semantic parsing). See our Machine Comprehension Test (MCTest), a freely-available set of 660 fictional stories and reading comprehension questions, intended to act as a benchmark for measuring how well a machine understands a short passage of text.

I graduated with a Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Washington in 2004. My thesis was on learning and inference in collective knowledge bases, a topic I am still quite interested in. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the California Institute of Technology (better known as Caltech) in 1997.