Lee Becker

I am currently the lead data scientist/computational linguist at Hapara leading up their efforts in applying natural language processing and machine learning to educational and literacy analytics. Prior to joining Hapara, I worked as a research scientist for Avaya Labs, where I  investigated applications of text processing for social media analysis and automating contact center interactions.

Before returning to industry, I completed a joint PhD in Computer Science and Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado Boulder with a focus on natural language processing. My thesis centered on developing richer representations of dialogue to enable improved automation and characterization of interactions such as those found in intelligent tutoring systems. While there, I also carried out research in educational data mining, question generation, and relation extraction for clinical texts.

I am also an active developer for the open source project ClearTK – a framework for developing statistical natural language processing (NLP) components in Java.