Introduction

Amanda Stent is a NLP architect at Bloomberg LP. Previously, she was a director of research and principal research scientist at Yahoo Labs, a principal member of technical staff at AT&T Labs - Research, and an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Stony Brook University. Her research interests center on natural language processing and its applications, in particular topics related to text analytics, discourse, dialog and natural language generation. She holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Rochester. She is co-editor of the book Natural Language Generation in Interactive Systems (Cambridge University Press), has authored over 90 papers on natural language processing and is co-inventor on over twenty patents and patent applications. She is president emeritus of the ACL/ISCA Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialog, treasurer of the ACL Special Interest Group on Natural Language Generation and one of the rotating editors of the journal Dialogue & Discourse. She is also a board member of CRA-W, where she co-edits the newsletter.

Brief CV

Research Interests

Text analytics, dialog, natural language generation, computational theories of discourse.

Education

University of Rochester, NY PhD, computer science 1996-2001
Houghton College, NY BA, mathematics and music 1992-1996

Professional Experience

Bloomberg LP, NY NLP architect 2016-present
Yahoo! Labs, NY Principal Research Scientist 2013-2016
AT&T Labs - Research, NJ Principal Member Technical Staff 2007-2013
Computer Science Dept., Stony Brook University, NY


(secondary appt. in Psychology)
Associate Professor

Assistant Professor
2008-2009

2002-2008
AT&T Labs - Research, NJ Consultant/Post-doctoral Researcher 2001-2002
Eastman Kodak, NY Intern 2000
SRI International Intern 1998
University of Rochester, NY Research Assistant 1996-2001

Selected Publications

  • Stent, A., Dowding, J., Gawron, J.-M., Bratt, E. O. & Moore, R. (1999). The CommandTalk spoken dialogue system. In Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).
  • Allen, J., Ferguson, G. & Stent, A. (2001). An Architecture for More Realistic Conversational Systems. In Proceedings of the Intelligent User Interfaces Conference (IUI).
  • Johnston, M., Bangalore, S., Vasireddy, G., Stent, A., Ehlen, P., Walker, M. et al. (2002). MATCH: An architecture for multimodal dialogue systems. In Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).
  • Stent, A. (2002). A conversation acts model for generating spoken dialogue contributions. Computer Speech and Language special issue on Spoken Language Generation, 16(3-4), 313-352.
  • Walker, M., Stent, A., Mairesse, F. & Prasad, R. (2007). Individual and domain adaptation in sentence planning for dialogue. Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, 30, 413-456.
  • Stent, A., Huffman, M. & Brennan, S. (2008). Adapting speaking after evidence of misrecognition: Local and global hyperarticulation. Speech Communication, 50(3), 163-178.
  • Stoyanchev, S. & Stent, A. (2012). Concept type prediction and responsive adaptation in a dialogue system. Dialogue & Discourse, 3(1).
  • Lee, S. & Stent, A. (2016). Task lineages: Dialog state tracking for flexible interaction. In Proceedings of SIGDIAL. (best paper award winner)
  • Li, J. J., Thadani, K. & Stent, A. (2016). The role of discourse units in near-extractive summarization. In Proceedings of SIGDIAL. (best paper award nominee)
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