Mailing address:  
322 Coordinated Sciences Laboratory
1308 West Main Street
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL 61801.
Phone: +1 217 244 6187
          Email: spbha t2 at illinois dot edu (remove spaces)

I'm a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  I received my Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where I worked with Richard Sproat. 

My research interests lie in the areas of computational linguistics, natural language processing, and human-computer interaction. 

Developing algorithms to process creative linguistic processes constitutes the core of my computational linguistic interests. Along these lines, I am currently exploring the semantico-pragmatic interface of languages and studying how figurative language use (e.g., idiomaticity and metaphor) can be detected and interpreted automatically. A second topic that I am actively pursuing is that of unsupervised morphology induction to bring computation to low-resource languages. 

In the area of human-computer interaction, my focus is on personalization of learning systems. Here my current work is centered around understanding learner behavior in online course platforms. This helps us understand factors that influence effective learning in distance/online scenarios and use that information towards improving the learning interface.

Until recently, I was actively involved in processing non-native English 

language working on developing taggers and parsers for

processing noisy text, such as that of non-native English speakers. This 

is important for developing tools to automatically evaluate various 

aspects of spoken language proficiency of non-native speakers.