CCLS's Apoorv Agarwal awarded an IBM PhD fellowship

Apoorv Agarwal, a PhD student in the Computer Science department who is working with Owen Rambow at the Center for Computational Learning Systems, has been awarded an IBM PhD Fellowship for 2013-2014.  The award follows a highly competitive worldwide selection process.  Apoorv's research at Columbia concentrates on extracting social networks from written documents, by identifying the "social events" which make up our social relations.  For detecting social events, Apoorv uses advanced natural language processing methods including syntactic and semantic parsing, and machine learning approaches based on tree kernels.  While an intern at IBM's Watson group in the past, Apoorv worked on improving the Watson system and on porting it to the medical domain. 

Congratulations Apoorv!