"The more I think about language, the more it amazes me that people ever understand each other at all." - Kurt Gödel

Publications

* indicates students who I advise (see CV or Students for details)



Flavio Di Palo* and Natalie Parde. Enriching Neural Models with Targeted Features for Dementia Detection. To appear in Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Student Research Workshop (ACL SRW 2019). Florence, Italy, July 28-August 2, 2019. Link

Natalie Parde and Rodney D. Nielsen. AI Meets Austen: Towards Human-Robot Discussions of Literary Metaphor. To appear in Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED 2019). Chicago, Illinois, June 25-29, 2019. Link

Yatri Modi* and Natalie Parde. The Steep Road to Happily Ever After: An Analysis of Current Visual Storytelling Models. In Proceedings of the NAACL 2019 Workshop on Shortcomings in Vision and Language (SiVL 2019). Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 6, 2019. Link

Shahla Farzana* and Natalie Parde. Virtual-Interviewer: A Conversational Agent Designed to Facilitate Cognitive Health Screening in Older Adults. To appear in Proceedings of the IEEE-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics: Extended Abstracts (BHI 2019). Chicago, Illinois, May 19-22, 2019. Link

Natalie Parde and Rodney D. Nielsen. User Perceptions of a Conversational Robot Interface. In the Proceedings of the CHI 2019 Workshop on Mapping Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives for Understanding Speech Interface Interactions (SpeechCHI 2019). Glasgow, United Kingdom, May 5, 2019. Link

Natalie Parde and Rodney D. Nielsen. Automatically Generating Questions about Novel Metaphors in Literature. In the Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG 2018). Tilburg, The Netherlands, November 5-8, 2018. Link

Natalie Parde and Rodney D. Nielsen. Reading with Robots: Promoting Cognitive Exercise in Elderly Populations through Embodied Conversational Dialogue. In the Proceedings of the 2018 Connections in Smart Health Workshop. Arlington, Virginia, September 24-26, 2018.

Natalie Parde and Rodney D. Nielsen. Detecting Sarcasm is Extremely Easy ;-). In the Proceedings of the NAACL 2018 Workshop on Computational Semantics Beyond Events and Roles (SemBEaR 2018). New Orleans, Louisiana, June 5, 2018. Link

Natalie Parde and Rodney D. Nielsen. A Corpus of Metaphor Novelty Scores for Syntactically-Related Word Pairs. In the Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2018). Miyazaki, Japan, May 7-12, 2018. Link

Natalie Parde and Rodney D. Nielsen. Exploring the Terrain of Metaphor Novelty: A Regression-based Approach for Automatically Scoring Metaphors. In the Proceedings of the Thirty-Second AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2018). New Orleans, Louisiana, February 2-7, 2018. Link

Natalie Parde. Reading with Robots: Towards a Human-Robot Book Discussion System for Elderly Adults. In the Proceedings of the Thirty-Second AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2018) Doctoral Consortium. New Orleans, Lousiana, February 2-7, 2018. Link

Natalie Parde and Rodney D. Nielsen. Finding Patterns in Noisy Crowds: Regression-based Annotation Aggregation for Crowdsourced Data. In the Proceedings of the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2017). Copenhagen, Denmark, September 7-11, 2017. Link

Nabila Salma, Bin Mai, Kamesh Namuduri, Rasel Mamun, Yassir Hashem, Hassan Takabi, Natalie Parde, and Rodney Nielsen. Using EEG Signal to Analyze IS Decision Making Cognitive Processes. To appear in Information Systems and Neuroscience, Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation. Link
↪ Winner of the Dr. Hermann Zemlicka Award for Most Visionary Paper at Gmunden Retreat on NeuroIS 2017.

Masoud Narouei, Hamed Khanpour, Hassan Takabi, Rodney Nielsen and Natalie Parde. Towards a Top-down Policy Engineering Framework for Attribute-based Access Control. In Proceedings of the 22nd ACM Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies. Indianapolis, Indiana, June 21-23, 2017. Link

Natalie Parde and Rodney D. Nielsen. #SarcasmDetection is soooo general! Towards a Domain-Independent Approach for Detecting Sarcasm. In Proceedings of the 30th International FLAIRS Conference (FLAIRS 2017). Marco Island, Florida, May 22-24, 2017. Link

Natalie Parde, Adam Hair, Michalis Papakostas, Konstantinos Tsiakas, Maria Dagioglou, Vangelis Karkaletsis, and Rodney D. Nielsen. Grounding the Meaning of Words through Vision and Interactive Gameplay. In Proceedings of the 2015 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2015), Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 25-31, 2015. Link

Michalis Papakostas, Konstantinos Tsiakas, Natalie Parde, Vangelis Karkaletsis, and Fillia Makedon. An Interactive Framework for Learning User-Object Associations through Human-Robot Interaction. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA 2015), Corfu, Greece, July 1-3, 2015. Link

Natalie Parde, Michalis Papakostas, Konstantinos Tsiakas, and Rodney D. Nielsen. "Is It Rectangular?" Using I Spy as an Interactive, Game-Based Approach to Multimodal Robot Learning. In Proceedings of the AAAI-15 Conference on Artificial Intelligence Student Program, Austin, Texas, January 25-30, 2015. Link

Natalie Parde, Michalis Papakostas, Konstantinos Tsiakas, Maria Dagioglou, Vangelis Karkaletsis, and Rodney D. Nielsen. I Spy: An Interactive Game-Based Approach to Multimodal Robot Learning. In Proceedings of the AAAI-15 Workshop on Knowledge, Skill, and Behavior Transfer in Autonomous Robots, Austin, Texas, January 25, 2015. Link

Natalie Parde and Rodney D. Nielsen. Design Challenges and Recommendations for Multi-Agent Learning Systems Featuring Teachable Agents. In Proceedings of the 2nd Annual GIFT Users Symposium (GIFTSym2). Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 12-13, 2014. Link

Gayatri Mehta, Krunal K. Patel, Natalie Parde, and Nancy S. Pollard. "Data-driven mapping using local patterns." IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems 32.11 (2013): 1668-1681. Link

Gayatri Mehta, Xiaozhong Luo, Natalie Parde, Krunal Patel, Brandon Rodgers and Anil Kumar Sistla. UNTANGLED - An interactive mapping game for engineering education. In Proceedings of 2013 IEEE International Conference on Microelectronic Systems Education (MSE 2013), Austin, TX, 2013. Link

Gayatri Mehta, Carson Crawford, Xiaozhong Luo, Natalie Parde, Krunal Patel, Brandon Rodgers, Anil Sistla, Anil Yadav, and Marc Reisner. (2013). "UNTANGLED – A game environment for discovery of creative mapping strategies." ACM Transactions on Reconfigurable Technology and Systems 6.3 (2013): 1-26. Link

Anil Sistla, Natalie Parde, Krunal Patel, and Gayatri Mehta. Cross-architectural study of custom reconfigurable devices using crowdsourcing. In Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE 27th International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing Workshops and PhD Forum (IPDPSW 2013), Boston, Massachusetts, May 20-24, 2013. Link

Invited Talks

Natalie Parde. An Introduction to the Deliciously Simple (#sarcasm) World of Computational Figurative Language Processing. Invited presentation at the UIC Cognitive Psychology Brown Bag Series. Chicago, Illinois, April 3, 2019.

Natalie Parde. Writing a Successful Proposal --- How I Did It. Invited presentation at the 2018 UNT Graduate Research Grant Assistance Workshop. Denton, Texas, August 22-24, 2018.

Other Presentations

Yatri Modi and Natalie Parde. Visual Storytelling: Errors and Improvements. Presentation at the 2019 Midwest Speech and Language Days (MSLD 2019). Chicago, Illinois, May 3, 2019.

Natalie Parde and Rodney D. Nielsen. Reading with Robots: Towards an Intelligent Reading Companion that Promotes Cognitive Exercise in Older Adults. Poster at the 2017 Dallas Aging and Cognition Conference. Dallas, Texas, January 29-30, 2017.

Rodney D. Nielsen and Natalie Parde. Perceptive Emotive Spoken-Dialogue Companion Robots. Presentation at the 2016 IEEE MetroCon Conference. Arlington, Texas, October 26, 2016.

Natalie Parde and Rodney D. Nielsen. Getting to the Heart of Metaphors: Dependency-based Detection of Metaphoric Juxtapositions. Poster at the 2016 CRA-Women Graduate Cohort Workshop. San Diego, California, April 15-16, 2016.

Natalie Parde and Rodney D. Nielsen. An Exploration in Teaching Robots through “I Spy” Gameplay. Poster at the 2015 CRA-Women Graduate Cohort Workshop. San Francisco, California, April 10-11, 2015.

Natalie Parde and Rodney D. Nielsen. (2014). Improving Cognition in the Elderly via Dialogue-Based Games with Teachable Robot Agents. Poster at the 2014 CRA-Women Graduate Cohort Workshop. Santa Clara, California, April 11-12, 2014.