Speakers’ Bio 2016

Chrysanne Di Marco

Chrysanne Di Marco has been a member of the Artificial Intelligence Group in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo since graduating from the University of Toronto in 1990. She was cross-appointed to the English department in December 2009. Her research interests include: computational linguistics, computational rhetoric and argumentation, serious games, games for health, computational narrative, formal knowledge representation, and artificial intelligence.

Her research interests focus on the representation and use of knowledge about pragmatics in Natural Language Processing applications. “Pragmatics” refers to subtle aspects of language, including style, rhetoric, and argumentation, which yet can significantly influence reasoning and meaning of a text.

Areas of application include the automated analysis of argumentation structure in scientific writing and persuasiveness in social media and other texts. Another area of focus is the representation of knowledge about rhetoric and cognitive rhetoric in formal computational ontologies, using Semantic Web languages such as OWL. A developing area of interest is the computational representation of health rhetoric and narrative in gamified health applications.

Marie Dubremetz

Marie Dubremetz is a PhD candidate in Computational Linguistics at Uppsala University, Sweden. Her interests are mainly in subjects that combine Computational Linguistics with her classics background. She works on detecting and ranking rhetorical figures. Her research is directly applied to antimetabole detection in English texts. 

Randy Allen Harris

Randy Allen Harris is Professor of Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Communication Design in the Department of English Language and Literature, University of Waterloo. His books include The Linguistic Wars (Oxford), Rhetoric and Incommensurability (Parlor), and Voice Interaction Design (Elsevier). He is the Director of the RhetFig Computational Rhetoric Project.

Daniel Hromada

Daniel Hromada holds a Bc in Human Sciences (Prague, in Czech) and Linguistics (Nice, in French), and a Master’s in Cognitive Sciences (Paris,in French). He is currently completing a double PhD in Cognitive Psychology (Paris, in French) and Cybernetics (Bratislava, in Slovak). He is a Founder, First Senator and Consul of the Slovak Social Network, kyberia.sk (which won the 2013 Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention in the category “Digital Communities”), Co-founder of 1st Slovak Hackerspace ProgressBar. He is also an IT Administrator of Medienhaus of Berlin University of the Arts and CEO of the start-up wizzion.com Unternehmergesellschaft, and Sysop of  sk16.eu.

Daniel is a husband and a happy father, GNU/GPL enthusiast and PERL geek, who speaks Slovak, Czech, English, French, German, Russian, Mongolian and little bit of Sanskrit. His principal domains of scientific interest include Computational Philology, Developmental Psycholinguistics and Evolutionary Computation.

Ashley Kelly

Ashley Rose Kelly’s research examines how science communication is changing with new—especially networked—technologies and also with different communities becoming involved in scientific research and policy-making. She is especially concerned with public participation in scientific research (citizen science); expertise and ethos in grassroots scientific research; expertise and expert networks; biohacking and hacker participation in scientific research; and, across these domains, rhetorical style and figuration. She is an editor of the forthcoming book Emerging Genres in New Media Environments (Palgrave Macmillan) and has published numerous articles, book chapters, and other academic papers.

John Lawrence

John Lawrence has been a member of the Centre for Argument Technology at the University of Dundee since 2009. Originally working on the Dialectical Argumentation Machines project, John developed a range of widely used tools for argument analysis, visualisation, and storage. In 2013 he began a PhD in the area of argument mining, the automatic extraction of argumentative structure from natural language text, and has presented papers on the topic at the ACL Argument Mining workshops in Baltimore and Denver. John is currently working on the EPSRC-funded Argument Mining project, where he is combining his practical experience of argument analysis and visualisation, with argumentation theoretical and computational linguistic methods to explore new techniques for automatically extracting reasoning from unrestricted text.

Jelena Mitrović

Jelena  Mitrović is a Computational Linguist, working on enhancing and enriching the resources and tools for Natural Language Processing – semantic networks, electronic dictionaries, domain ontologies and ontology-based tools. As a part of her Ph.D. thesis, she has worked on the automatic enhancement of Serbian WordNet with new semantic relations based on the rhetorical figure, Simile. Her most recent research focuses on Automatic Detection of Irony in Twitter.

Cliff O’Reilly

Cliff O’Reilly studied Neuroscience as an undergraduate in London and subsequently moved into an IT career. After 10 years as an IT professional, he took a Technical Taught Master’s Degree for which the dissertation domain was the automated detection of rhetorical forms using ontological engineering. In 2013 he took a second Master’s degree, this one research-based, in the domain of Computational Linguistics, combining theories from Cognitive Science and Pragmatics with Machine Learning algorithms. His current research, which is the basis of a PhD proposal, focuses on Embodiment theory in an intelligent agent domain, utilizing ontological and machine learning technologies.

Chris Reed

Chris Reed is the Director of the Centre for Argument Technology and has worked in the fertile area lying between argumentation and AI for twenty years. He continues to strive to bring the two communities together through activities such as the CMNA workshop series (that has alternated between IJCAI and ECAI since 2001), the ArgMAS workshop series at AAMAS meetings since 2003, the COMMA conference series biennially since 2006, and various other journal special issues and ad hoc events. He is active in the fields of both AI and philosophy of argument, has published over 120 refereed papers, and is editor of the journal Argument and Computation. He has also been active in commercialisation of research through a spin out company of which he was an executive director until 2010, and a startup for which he served as CTO during 2014-15.

Michael Ullyot

Michael Ullyot is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Calgary, specializing in early modern literature and digital humanities. He has published articles on anecdotes, abridgements, and Edmund Spenser. His current projects include a monograph on the rhetoric of exemplarity, and a computer program that detects rhetorical figures of repetition and variation in literary texts. 

Ying Yuan

Ying Yuan is an Associate Professor in the School of Foreign Language at Soochow University, China. She holds a PhD in Rhetoric and PgD in Linguistics and Literature. She is interested in Comparative Study of Chinese and Western Rhetorics, Rhetorical Criticism, and Interdisciplinary Study of Rhetoric and Other Social Sciences.