The Speech and Language Technologies Laboratory is a group of dynamic researchers who are interested in mixing aspects of machine learning with speech and language processing. This document provides information for students who would like to join the lab -- both applying students and students already at OSU.A bit about our lab: my students and I have covered a variety of speech and language topics, with a focus on statistical modeling, including:
I apologize that I usually cannot give personalized responses to students who contact me about joining the lab, particularly those students applying to Ohio State who have not matriculated. You may feel free to contact me, as I will be glad know that you are interested, but you are likely to receive a form letter in response.
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On the application process: complete application files are reviewed by a department-level committee before they are passed to the research areas; I only see files that have made it through the department-level committee. There is a place on the form to indicate that you have contacted me, which will help with routing. However, the strongest case you can make is by making a strong, focused statement of purpose; this is read by multiple faculty members as we make recommendations for admission and funding. The admissions process takes several months. Research areas don't see folders until well into the new year (late January/early February).
On funding: the department uses three sources of funding to help graduate students. Not all students are admitted with funding, unfortunately: we just don't have enough resources for everyone. Strong students are placed in a competition for university-level fellowship funding, which usually covers the first year. The department also makes some offers with Teaching Assistant (TA funding), but these resources vary from year to year. Note that professors (like me) don't have the authority to make fellowship or TA offers. Professors do often have Research Assistantship positions (RA); these positions are often funded by using external research grants. However, I do not usually offer funding to incoming students; see the next section for details.
Congratulations! We're glad to have you here.
As mentioned above, I rarely fund first year students in their first term at OSU. This is in part because the external funds available for RAships varies over time and I need to fund student currently in the lab first, and because I like to get to know students and their abilities before putting them into the main line of research. Students also have quite a large coursework committment in their first year; managing that first term can be a challenge for some. It's also important for the student to know that they match my advising style.
The typical path for grad students to get to know me is to take one of the project-based courses and do well in that:
Can you give me an independent study project? My first response to this question will be to ask if you've taken one of the courses above.
Students who want to learn more about the area but get closed out of classes (CSE 730, for example, has been quite popular) might want to enroll for my section of CSE 888.04 (under quarters, meets Friday @ 9:30) or CSE 8194 (under semesters). Students enrolling for credit will be expected to be active participants and contribute to the presentation of papers in the literature.