Dr. Corina Roxana Girju

Dr. Corina Girju

Contact Information

University of Illinois
Dept. of Linguistics, MC-168
707 South Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
USA

Office: 4016B Foreign Languages Bldg.
Director, BS in CS-LING, Associate Professor
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Biography

Roxana Girju is associate professor of Linguistics, Computer Science affiliate, and part-time faculty member in the Organizational Intelligence and Computational Social Science and the Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-Being Groups at the Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology. She is also the director of the Computer Science & Linguistics joint major. Dr. Girju earned a B.Sc. in Computer Science from "Politehnica" University of Bucharest (1995) and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas (2002). 

Research Interests

  • Natural Language Processing / Computational Linguistics; Computational Semantics and Pragmatics; Affective Computing, Behavior Analytics; Dialog systems; Social media

Research Description

Dr. Girju's research focuses on both theoretical and computational models of automatic text understanding with particular emphasis on semantics and pragmatics-oriented models for textual reasoning. Her expertise and interests are in representing, annotating and analyzing semantic and pragmatic (language use and perception/human behavior) information in textual data. Dr. Girju's most recent research projects include psycholinguistics, behavioral analytics and affective computing (aka emotions) approaches to health care, dialog systems, and social media. Her projects have covered a number of European languages as well as standard and varieties of Arabic.

Dr. Girju is also interested in computational models for the acquisition and processing of causal knowledge, an indispensable part of human/machine reasoning. Her approach is based on computational and psycholinguistics techniques in finding flexible representations of causal information that allow abstraction across various contexts. She is also working at the interface between verbal and non-verbal communication in developing novel human language technologies.

Distinctions / Awards

  • "Best of ACII" and "Best Student Paper" awards at the International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII 2017); Best Paper Runner Up Award, IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing (ICSC 2017); Engineering Council Outstanding Advising Award, College of Engineering, UIUC (2015); Celebration of Excellence Award, Computer Science Department, UIUC (2015); University of Illinois Office of the Chancellor - special nomination for the Defense Science Study Group (DSSG), Institute for Defense Analysis, 2011; 1st place, Semantic Evaluations (SemEval) task on Classification of Semantic Relations, software system competition (2007); UIUC list of teachers ranked as excellent (most years since 2007).

Selected Publications

Book Contributions

Cho, Jason, Tony Gao, and Roxana Girju Identifying Medications that Patients Stopped Taking in Online Health Forums The 11th International Conference on Semantic Computing (IEEE ICSC) Identifying Medications that Patients Stopped Taking in Online Health Forums 2017.
Riaz, Mehwish, and Roxana Girju In-depth Exploitation of Noun and Verb Semantics to Identify Causation in Verb-Noun Pairs. The 15th Annual Conference of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDial) In-depth Exploitation of Noun and Verb Semantics to Identify Causation in Verb-Noun Pairs. 2014.
Al-Sabbagh, Rania, Roxana Girju, and Jana Diesner Unsupervised Learning of Arabic Modal Multiword Expressions Proceedings of the 10th Workshop on Multiword Expressions at the 14th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics Unsupervised Learning of Arabic Modal Multiword Expressions Association for Computational Linguistics 2014.
Al-Sabbagh, Rania, Jana Diesner, and Roxana Girju Using the Semantics-Syntax Interface for Reliable Arabic Modality Annotation Proceedings of the 6th International Joint Conference of Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP 2013), Using the Semantics-Syntax Interface for Reliable Arabic Modality Annotation Association for Computational Linguistics 2013.
Al-Sabbagh, Rania YADAC: Yet Another Dialectal Arabic Corpus Proceedings of the 8th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2012) YADAC: Yet Another Dialectal Arabic Corpus European Language Resources Association (ELRA) 2012.
Paul, Michael, Cheng Zhai, and Roxana Girju Summarizing Contrastive Viewpoints In Opinionated Text Proceedings of the Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2010) Conference Summarizing Contrastive Viewpoints In Opinionated Text Association for Computational Linguistics 2010.
Paul, Michael, and Roxana Girju A Two-Dimensional Topic-Aspect Model for Discovering Multi-Faceted Topics Proceedings of the 24th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-2010) A Two-Dimensional Topic-Aspect Model for Discovering Multi-Faceted Topics 2010.
Paul, Michael Cross-cultural Analysis of Blogs and Forums with Mixed-collection Topic Models Proceedings of the Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2009) Conference Cross-cultural Analysis of Blogs and Forums with Mixed-collection Topic Models Association for Computational Linguistics 2009.

Journal Articles

Girju, Roxana, and Michael Paul Modeling Reciprocity in Social Interactions with Probabilistic Latent Space Models Natural Language Engineering 17 1 2011, p. 36.
Girju, Roxana, Preslav Nakov, Vivi Nastase, Stan Szpakowicz, Peter Turney, and Deniz Yuret Classification of Semantic Relations between Nominals Journal on Language Resources and Evaluation (JLRE) 43 2 2009.