Hi, I’m Somin!

I am a masters student at the College of Information & Computer Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Presently, I am also a member of the HCI-VIS Lab supervised by Prof. Narges Mahyar.

My research interests lie broadly in understanding and communicating vast amounts of complex data encoded in text. Towards that end, I combine methods from natural language processing and information extraction to enable effective data analysis and communication. I am especially interested in data present in the vast biomedical literature and in the digital civics domain.

My favorite pastimes are eating & debating. I also like to read & travel quite a bit (whenever I get the chance). I am also a (mediocre) runner!

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  • Work on building a community sourcing system for town hall meetings with Narges Mahyar got accepted to ACM CSCW 2020.
  • Joint work with Byron Wallace in biomedical NLP accepted to AKBC 2020.
  • I’ll be interning in sunny California remotely at Amazon during Summer 2020!
  • Joined the HCI VIS Lab working at the conjunction of digital civics & NLP!
  • I’ll start my masters in CS at UMass Amherst in Fall 2019!