Zahra Rahimi

PhD Student, University of Pittsburgh

About me

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I'm a fifth year Ph.D. student at Intelligent Systems Program and a graduate research assistant under supervision of Dr. Diane Litman. My research is in collaboration with Learning Research and development Center (LRDC). My research interests are in the area of natural language processing, particularly in discourse and dialogue, spoken language systems, and tutoring systems. My current research is about developing and evaluating team-level acoustic-prosodic entrainment measures, and investigating relationships between team entrainment and team dynamics. I am also interested in application of natural language processing in education and specifically in tutoring systems. I am involved in a research project which is about using natural language processing for assessing students' writing ability at scale.

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In my spare time, I enjoy playing music, listening to music, reading books, and watching movies. I play a Persian musical instrument called setar. I am also interested in cultural and social activities. I help the Persian Panthers, Iranian Cultural Association of the University of Pittsburgh, in helding cultural and social events to promote an understanding of Iranian culture and identity

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Research Interest

My research interests are in the area of natural language processing, particularly in discourse and dialogue, spoken language systems, and tutoring systems. My current research is on entrainment in cooperative multi-party dialogues. My goal is to develop and evaluate team-level acoustic-prosodic (and lexical) entrainment measures that extend existing dyad measures, and investigate relationships between team entrainment and team dynamics. I am also interested in application of natural language processing in education and specifically in tutoring systems. I am involved in a research project which is about using natural language processing for assessing students' writing ability at scale. My focus in this research project is on assessing the quality of content and organization of it in a source-based writing task with the ability of localizing the pieces of evidence in students’ writings.

Publications

  • D. Litman, S. Paletz, Z. Rahimi, S. Allegretti, C. Rice, "The Teams Corpus and Entrainment in Multi-Party Spoken Dialogues.", Proceedings of the 2016 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), Austin, 2016.[link]
  • Z. Rahimi, D. Litman, "Automatically Extracting Topical Components for a Response-to-Text Writing Assessment.", Proceedings of the 11th Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications (BEA), San Diego, 2016.[link]
  • Z. Rahimi, D. Litman, E. Wang, R. Correnti, "Incorporating coherence of topics as a criterion in automatic response-to-text assessment of the organization of writing.", Proceedings of the Tenth Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications (BEA), Denver, 2015.[link]
  • Z. Rahimi, D. Litman, R. Correnti, L. C. Matsumura, E. Wang, Z. Kisa, "Automatic Scoring of an Analytical Response-To-Text Assessment.", Proceedings of 12th international conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS), Hawaii, 2014.[link]
  • Z. Rahimi , H. B. Hashemi "Turn-Taking Behavior in Human Tutoring Corpus," The Proceedings of 16th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED), Memphis, TN, 2013. [link]
  • Z. Rahimi , A. Shakery "Topic Based Creation of a Persian-English Comparable Corpus," The Proceedings of Seventh Asian Information Retrieval Societies (AIRS), Dubai, 2011. [link]
  • Z. Rahimi, A. Shakery "Creating a Wikipedia-Based Persian-English Word Association Dictionary," The Proceedings of Fifth International Symposium on Telecommunications (IST), 2010. link

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Education

  • Ph.D student, Sept. 2012 - 2017 (Expected)
    • Intelligent Systems Program,
    • University of Pittsburgh,
    • [M.S. Thesis] Automatic Scoring of an Analytical Response-To-Text Assessment, 2015. Under Supervision of Dr. Diane Litman
    • GPA: 3.94
  • Master of Science in Software Engineering, Aug. 2012
    • University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran,
    • [M.S. Thesis] Using Web for Persian-English Cross Language Information Retrieval, Under Supervision of Dr. Azadeh Shakery
  • B.Sc. in Software Engineering, Aug. 2009
    • University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran,
    • [B.S. Thesis] Persian Plagiarism Detection System, Under Supervision of Dr. Azadeh Shakery

Selected Courses

  • University of Pittsburgh
    • Advanced Topics in Natural Language Processing
    • Machine Learning
    • Natural Language Processing
    • Design and Analysis OF Algorithms
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    • Statistical Spoken Dialogue Systems
  • Summer School
    • Machine Learning Summer School (MLSS2014)
    • Learn-Lab Summer School (2013)
  • University of Tehran
    • Data Mining
    • Intelligent Information Retrieval
    • Advanced Software Engineering
    • Advanced Algorithms

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Contact

Phone: (412) 624 5757

Email: zar10 [at] pitt.edu

Address

210 S. Bouquet St.,
5108 Sennott Square
Pittsburgh, PA
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