Mark A. Finlayson

I am an Assistant Professor at FIU's School of Computing and Information Sciences.

Email: markaf@fiu.edu
Phone: +1 (305) 348-7988
Fax: +1 (305) 348-3549
Mail: 11200 S.W. 8th Street
ECS Building Room 362
Miami, FL 33199

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Research Interests

I study the science of narrative, including understanding the relationship between narrative, cognition, and culture, developing new methods and techniques for investigating questions related to language and narrative, and endowing machines with the ability to understand and use narratives for a variety of applications. Key problems I have addressed so far include: extracting high-level narrative structure from sets of stories [3]; automating natural language processing [2,5]; building comprehensive tools for corpus annotation [4,7]; and collecting richly annotated corpora of stories [1,6]. My research intersects computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, cognitive science [8], and the digital humanities.

Brief Bio

I recieved my Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT in 2012 under the supervision of Professor Patrick H. Winston. Following that, I was a Research Scientist in the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory for 2 ½ years. I received my S.M. in 2001 from MIT, and the B.S. in 1998 from the University of Michigan, both in Electrical Engineering. I am co-founder and general chair of the Computational Models of Narrative Workshop series, and lead guest editor of the forthcoming Literary and Linguistic Computing special issue on Computational Models of Narrative.

Selected Papers

[1] Finlayson, M.A., Halverson, J.R., & Corman, S.R. (2014) The N2 Corpus: A Semantically-Annotated Collection of Islamist Extremist Stories, in Proceedings of the 9th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2014), Reykjavik, Iceland. 896–902.

[2] Finlayson, M.A. (2014) Java Libraries for Accessing the Princeton Wordnet: Comparison and Evaluation, in Proceedings of the 7th International Global Wordnet Conference (GWC 2014), Tartu, Estonia. 78–85. (code)

[3] Finlayson, M.A. (2011) Learning Narrative Structure from Annotated Folktales, Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

[4] Finlayson, M.A. (2011) The Story Workbench: An Extensible Semi-Automatic Text Annotation Tool, in Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Intelligent Narrative Technologies (INT4), Stanford, CA. 21–24.

[5] Finlayson, M.A. & Kulkarni, N. (2011) Detecting Multi-Word Expressions Improves Word Sense Disambiguation, in Proceedings of the 8th Workshop on Multiword Expressions (MWE 2011), Portland, OR. 20–24. (code)

[6] Hervás, R. & Finlayson, M.A. (2010) The Prevalence of Descriptive Referring Expressions in News and Narrative, in Proceedings of the 48th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2010), Uppsala, Sweden. 49–54.

[7] Finlayson, M.A. (2008) Collecting Semantics in the Wild: The Story Workbench, in Proceedings of the AAAI Fall Symposium on Naturally Inspired Artificial Intelligence, Arlington, VA (published as Technical Report FS-08-06, Papers from the AAAI Fall Symposium, AAAI Press, Menlo Park, CA). 46–53.

[8] Finlayson, M.A. &Winston, P.H. (2006) Analogical Retrieval via Intermediate Features: The Goldilocks Hypothesis. MIT CSAIL Technical Report No. MIT-CSAIL-TR-2006-071. hdl:721.1/34635

Key Software & Corpora

Finlayson, M. A., Halverson, J. R., & Corman, S. R. (2014) The Narrative Networks Corpus: A Semantically Annotated Collection of Islamist Extremist Stories (N2 Corpus). MIT CSAIL Work Product. hdl:1721.1/57507

Finlayson, M.A. (2013) The Story Workbench: A General Purpose Text Annotation Tool.

Finlayson, M.A. (2013) JWI: The MIT Java Interface to Wordnet. (Downloaded more than 15,000 times.)

Finlayson, M.A. & Kulkarni, N. (2011) jMWE: A Java Library for Detecting Multi-Word Expressions.

Finlayson, M.A. & Hervás, R. (2010) UCM/MIT Indications, Referring Expressions, and Co-Reference Corpus (UMIREC corpus). MIT CSAIL Work Product. hdl:1721.1/57507 (annotation guide)

Courses

Spring 2015: CIS-6930: Advanced Special Topics: Natural Language Processing


All Citable Works

1. Main Conferences

Finlayson, M. A., Halverson, J. R., & Corman, S. R. (2014) The N2 Corpus: A Semantically Annotated Collection of Islamist Extremist Stories. In Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2014), Reykjavik, Iceland. 896–902.

Hervás, R., & Finlayson, M. A. (2010) The Prevalence of Descriptive Referring Expressions in News and Narrative. In Proceedings of the 48th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2010), Uppsala, Sweden. 49–54.

Finlayson, M. A., & Winston, P. H. (2005) Intermediate Features and Informational-level Constraint on Analogical Retrieval. In Proceedings of the 27th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2005), Stresa, Italy. 666–671.

2. Minor Conferences, Workshops, & Symposia

Finlayson, M. A. (2014) Java Libraries for Accessing the Princeton Wordnet: Comparison and Evaluation. In Proceedings of the 7th International Global WordNet Conference (GWC 2014), Tartu, Estonia. 78–85.

Asgari, E., Ghassemi, M., & Finlayson, M. A. (2013) Confirming the themes and interpretive unity of Ghazal poetry using topic models. In Proceedings of the NIPS Workshop on Topic Models: Computation, Application, and Evaluation, Lake Tahoe, NV. Submission 18.

Finlayson, M. A. (2012) Sets of Signals, Information Flow, and Folktales. In Proceedings of the Turing Centenary Conference and 8th Conference on Computability in Europe (CiE 2012), (Published as "How the World Computes", Lecture Notes in Computer Science [LNCS] No. 7318, Springer-Verlag, Berlin / Heidelberg), Cambridge, UK. 228–236. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-30870-3_23

Finlayson, M. A. (2011) Corpus Annotation in Service of Intelligent Narrative Technologies. In Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Intelligent Narrative Technologies (INT4), Stanford, CA. 17–20.

Finlayson, M. A. (2011) The Story Workbench: An Extensible Semi-Automatic Text Annotation Tool. In Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Intelligent Narrative Technologies (INT4), Stanford, CA. 21–24.

Finlayson, M. A., & Kulkarni, N. (2011) Detecting Multi-Word Expressions improves Word Sense Disambiguation. In Proceedings of the 8th Workshop on Multiword Expressions: from Parsing and Generation to the Real World (MWE 2011), Portland, OR. 20–24. (code)

Kulkarni, N., & Finlayson, M. A. (2011) jMWE: A Java Toolkit for Detecting Multi-Word Expressions. In Proceedings of the 8th Workshop on Multiword Expressions: from Parsing and Generation to the Real World (MWE 2011), Portland, OR. 122–124. (code)

Finlayson, M. A. (2010) Learning Narrative Morphologies from Annotated Folktales. In Proceedings of the 1st Automated Motif Discovery in Cultural Heritage and Scientific Communication Texts Workshop (AMICUS), Vienna, Austria. 99–102.

Finlayson, M. A. (2009) Deriving Narrative Morphologies via Analogical Story Merging. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Analogy (published as “New Frontiers in Analogy Research”, New Bulgarian University Press), Sofia, Bulgaria. 127–136.

Finlayson, M. A. (2008) Collecting Semantics in the Wild: The Story Workbench. In Proceedings of the AAAI Fall Symposium on Naturally Inspired Artificial Intelligence (Published as Technical Report FS-08-06, Papers from the AAAI Fall Symposium, AAAI Press, Menlo Park, CA), Arlington, VA. 46–53.

3. Software & Corpora

Finlayson, M. A., Halverson, J. R., & Corman, S. R. (2014) The Narrative Networks Corpus: A Semantically Annotated Collection of Islamist Extremist Stories (N2 Corpus). MIT CSAIL Work Product. hdl:1721.1/57507

Finlayson, M. A. (2013) jVerbnet: A Java Library for Interfacing with Verbnet.

Finlayson, M. A. (2013) JWI: The MIT Java Interface to Wordnet.

Finlayson, M. A. (2013) The Story Workbench: A General Purpose Text Annotation Tool.

Finlayson, M. A. (2011). jSemcor: A Java Library for Interfacing with Semcor.

Finlayson, M. A., & Kulkarni, N. (2011) jMWE: A Java Library for Detecting Multi-Word Expressions.

Finlayson, M.A. & Hervás, R. (2010) UCM/MIT Indications, Referring Expressions, and Co-Reference Corpus (UMIREC corpus). MIT CSAIL Work Product. hdl:1721.1/57507 (annotation guide)

4. Other Works

Finlayson, M. A. (2013) Book Review: Computational Modeling of Narrative, by Inderjeet Mani. Natural Language Engineering, 20<(02), 289–292. doi:10.1017/S135132491300017X

Finlayson, M. A. (2012) Learning Narrative Structure from Annotated Folktales. Doctoral Dissertation. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. hdl:1721.1/71284

Finlayson, M. A. (2011) Reports of the AAAI 2010 Fall Symposia: Computational Models of Narrative. AI Magazine, 32(1), 96–97. doi:10.1609/aimag.v32i1.2338

Finlayson, M. A., & Hervás, R. (2010) Annotation Guide for the UCM/MIT Indications, Referential Expressions, and Coreference Corpus (UMIREC Corpus). MIT CSAIL Technical Report No. MIT-CSAIL-TR-2010-025. hdl:1721.1/54765

Richards, W., Finlayson, M. A., & Winston, P. H. (2009) Advancing Computational Models of Narrative. MIT CSAIL Technical Report No. MIT-CSAIL-TR-2009-063. hdl:1721.1/50232

Finlayson, M. A., & Winston, P. H. (2006) Analogical Retrieval via Intermediate Features: The Goldilocks Hypothesis. MIT CSAIL Technical Report No. MIT-CSAIL-TR-2006-071:. hdl:1721.1/34635

Finlayson, M. A. (2001) Development of a Scintillating Reference Grid for Spatial-Phase-Locked Electron-Beam Lithography. Master of Science Dissertation. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. hdl:1721.1/16793

Hastings, J. T., Zhang, F., Finlayson, M. A., Goodberlet, J. G., & Smith, H. I. (2000) Two-dimensional spatial-phase-locked electron-beam lithography via sparse sampling. Journal of Vaccum Science and Technology B, 18(6), 3268–3271.

5. Meetings Organized

Finlayson, M. A., Meister, J. C., & Bruneau, E. G. (Eds.) (2014) Proceedings of the 5th Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative (CMN’14), Quebec City, Canada. Published as Open Access Series in Informatics [OASIcs] Vol. 41. Saarbrücken/Wadern, Germany: Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik GmbH, Dagstuhl Publishing. doi:10.4230/OASIcs.CMN.2014.i. (website)

Finlayson, M. A., Fisseni, B., Löwe, B., & Meister, J. C. (Eds.) (2013) Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative (CMN’13), Hamburg, Germany. Published as Open Access Series in Informatics [OASIcs] Vol. 32. Saarbrücken/Wadern, Germany: Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik GmbH, Dagstuhl Publishing. doi:10.4230/OASIcs.CMN.2013.i (website)

Finlayson, M. A., Gervás, P., Yuret, D., & Bex, F.(Eds.) (2012) Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative (CMN’12), Istanbul, Turkey. In Workshops of the 8th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2012). (website)

Finlayson, M. A., Gervás, P., Mueller, E., Narayanan, S., & Winston, P. H. (Eds.) (2010) Proceedings of the 2nd Computational Models of Narrative (CMN’10), Arlington, VA. Published as Technical Report FS-10-04, papers from the Fall Symposium. Menlo Park, CA: AAAI Press. (website)

Finlayson, M. A., Richards, W., & Winston, P. H. (2010) Computational Models of Narrative: Review of the Workshop. AI Magazine, 31(2), 97–100. doi:10.1609/aimag.v31i2.2295

6. Citable Abstracts

Sack, G.A., Finlayson, M.A., Gervás, P. (2014) Computational Models of Narrative: Using Artificial Intelligence to Operationalize Russian Formalist and French Structuralist Theories, Digital Humanities 2014 (DH), Lausanne, Switzerland.

Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H. (2011) Narrative is a Key Cognitive Competency, in Proceedings of the 2nd Annual International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (BICA 2011), Arlington, VA.

Kraemer, J., Finlayson, M.A. Ichinco, D. & Gibson, E. (2008) Advances in Discourse: Theory and Annotation, in Proceedings of the Conference on Processing Text-technological Resources (PTTR), Bielefeld, Germany.

Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H. (2007) The Rapid Story Annotation Workbench, in the MIT CSAIL Research Abstracts for 2007.

Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H. (2007) Reasoning by Imagining: The Neo-Bridge System, in the MIT CSAIL Research Abstracts for 2007.

Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H. (2005) Intermediate Features Improve Incremental Analogical Mapping, in Proceedings of the 27th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2005), Stresa, Italy. 2477.

Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H. (2005) Computational Principles of Human Analogical Reasoning, in the MIT CSAIL Research Abstracts for 2005.

Finlayson, M.A. & Winston, P.H. (2004) A Model of Analogical Retrieval using Intermediate Features, in Proceedings of the 26th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2004), Chicago, IL. 1557.

Winston, P.H. & Finlayson, M.A. (2004) Computational Politics, in the MIT CSAIL Research Abstracts for 2004. 783–784.


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