JORDAN KODNER

PhD CANDIDATE IN COMPUTATIONAL LINGUISTICS
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

email: jkodner at-sign sas upenn edu (contact for full CV)

I am a PhD candidate (entered 2015) in the University of Pennsylvania Department of Linguistics advised by Charles Yang and Mitch Marcus. My primary research revolves around computational approaches to child language acquisition. In particular,

My academic side interests include formal language theory, Indo-European historical linguistics, Latin, general NLP especially subword phenomena, paleontology and cladistics, Roman history and culture, Shona, Singaporean English/Singlish, software engineering, and writing systems.

I received a master's degree from the Department of Computer and Information Science in 2018. From 2013 through 2015, I was an Associate Scientist in the Speech, Language, and Multimedia group at Raytheon BBN Technologies.

JOURNAL ARTICLES

CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP PROCEEDINGS

Note: Proceedings published in the ACL anthologies (ACL, ComputEL, EMNLP, SCiL, etc.) are archival.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

2019

2016

Contact for DARPA LORELEI presentation materials

FUNDING AND FELLOWSHIPS

2017-2021
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship
2016-2017
DARPA LORELEI (summers; PI: Mitch Marcus)
2015-2017
Benjamin Franklin Fellowship

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Teaching Assistantships

2017
LING 230 Sound Structure of Language (instructor: Rolf Noyer)
2016
LING 001 Introduction to Linguistics (instructor: Mark Liberman) (sample slides)
2012-2013
CIS 110 Introduction to Computer Programming (instructor: Benedict Brown)

Volunteering

2018-
Coding volunteer section head TA at Hamilton Middle School (Moelis Access Science)
2016-
5th/8th/11th grade tutor (West Philadelphia Tutoring Project)
2016-2018
Coding volunteer at Comegys Middle School (Moelis Access Science)
2014-2015
Middle school tutor at Cambridge Housing Authority (Tutoring Plus)

Mentoring

In summer 2017, I advised junior Deniz Beser on his project "Part of Speech Tagging for Low-Resource Languages." He won first place in the CIS department's Undergraduate Summer UnPoster Competition.

Since fall 2017, I have been working with undergraduate Jasmine Lee on a project seeking to relate observed causitive errors in Korean chiid speech to their linguistic input via the Tolerance Principle.

DEPARTMENT SERVICE

Linguistics

2017-2018
Penn Working Papers in Linguistics (PWPL) Selected Papers from NWAV 46 Co-Editor
2016-2017
PLC41 Finance Committee Chairperson and Postermaker
2016, 2017
Prospective Student Liaison
2015-2016
PLC40 Finance Committee Member and Postermaker

CIS

2016-2017
Computational Linguistics and Lunch (CLunch) Organizer
2016
MASC-SLL Volunteer

There is one other person who shares my name. He is a photojournalist.

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