I am on leave for the Academic Year of 2020-2021, serving as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation.

Research Interests

Natural language processing, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and human computer interaction.

Recent Publications

Meiqi Guo, Rebecca Hwa, Yu-Ru Lin and Wen-Ting Chung. 2020. Inflating Topic Relevance with Ideology: A Case Study of Political Ideology Bias in Social Topic Detection Models. To appear in The Proceedings of The 28th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING-2020).

Omid Kashefi and Rebecca Hwa. 2020. Quantifying the Evaluation of Heuristic Methods for Textual Data Augmentation. To appear in The 6th Workshop on Noisy User-generated Text (W-NUT).

Mingda Zhang, Keren Ye, Rebecca Hwa, Adriana Kovashka. 2020. Story Completion with Explicit Modeling of Commonsense Knowledge. Presented at Minds vs. Machines: How far are we from the common sense of a toddler?, CVPR Workshop.

Muheng Yan, Yu-Ru Lin, Rebecca Hwa, Ali Mert Ertugrul, Meiqi Guo, and Wen-Ting Chung. 2020. MimicProp: Learning to Incorporate Lexicon Knowledge into Distributed Word Representation for Social Media Analysis. In the Proceedings of the Fourteenth International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM-2020).


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Office Hours

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