Speakers’ Bios 2014

Brad Bowden

Recently finished second year of Computer Science studies at the University of Waterloo and earned a Coop placement with Professor Harris to help migrate his database of rhetorical figures and build a fresh website.

Sunny Choi

My name is Sunny Choi and I am a research assistant for Professor Randy Harris. I am currently in 5B, last term of Mathematics and Business Administration Double Degree program, majoring in Finance and with a minor in Computer Science. I will be graduating and working at BMO Capitals, Fixed Income department, starting from September 2014.

Chrysanne Di Marco

Chrysanne Di Marco has been working since 1990 on computational stylistics and rhetoric, representing and applying aspects of language pragmatics in Natural Language systems. Prof. Di Marco headed the HealthDoc Project (1994-2012) which developed Natural Language Generation systems to automatically produce personalized health education materials geared to an individual patient’s personal characteristics and medical condition. HealthDoc is considered landmark work in the field of Natural Language Generation, resulting in two patents and being the basis for two spin-off companies, one of which resulted in technology transfer. Prof. Di Marco is now extending her interests in health informatics to serious games for health and narrative therapy in natural language systems.

Randy Allen Harris

Randy Harris is a Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, at the University of Waterloo, with interests in figuration, linguistics, the cognitive and computational implications of rhetoric, and rhetoric of science.

Omar Nafees

Omar Nafees is a Ph.D. student in the Artificial Intelligence Group (Chrysanne Dimarco) of the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. He is researching and developing Natural Language Processing software tools that can benefit research in the Humanities and specifically the research of Historical and Sacred texts in the English language.

Michael Ullyot

Michael Ullyot is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Calgary, specializing in early modern literature and the digital humanities. He has published articles on anecdotes, abridgements, and Edmund Spenser. His current projects include a monograph on the rhetoric of exemplarity, and an algorithm (“The Zeugmatic”) to detect rhetorical figures in early modern English texts. He is also an Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts.