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Mark A. Finlayson

Assistant Professor

Dr. Finlayson received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2012 from MIT, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2001 also from MIT, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1998 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. From 2012-2014 was a Research Scientist in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). His research focuses on representing, extracting, and using higher-order semantic patterns in natural language, especially focusing on narrative. His work intersects artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and cognitive science. Dr. Finlayson was a recipient an NSF CAREER award in 2018, was named an FIU Top Scholar for teaching for the 2017-2018 academic year, and received an SCIS Excellence in Service award in 2016. His research has been funded by NSF, NIH, ONR, DARPA, and DHS.

Research and Educational Interests

Artificial Intelligence
Natural Language Processing
Computational Linguistics
Cognitive Science
Digital Humanities

Background Education

2012, Ph.D., Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2001, M.S., Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1998, B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan

Professional Activities

General Chair of the Computational Models of Narrative Workshop Series

Selected Publications
  • Finlayson, M. A. (2016) “Inferring Propp’s Functions from Semantically-Annotated Text,” Journal of American Folklore, Special Issue on Computational Folkloristics, 129(511), pp. 53–75.
  • Finlayson, M. A. (2015) “ProppLearner: Deeply Annotating a Corpus of Russian Folktales to Enable the Machine Learning of a Russian Formalist Theory,” Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 2015.
  • Finlayson, M. A., Halverson, J. R., and 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), pp. 896–902.
  • 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), pp. 78–85.
  • Finlayson, M. A. and Corman, S. R., (2013) “The Military Interest in Narrative,” Sprache und Datenverarbeitung (International Journal for Language Data Processing), 37(1)–(2), pp. 173–191.
  • Finlayson, M. A. (2012) “Learning Narrative Structure from Annotated Folktales,” Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Finlayson, M. A. and 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), (June), pp. 20–24.
  • Hervás, R. and 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), 2010, (July), pp. 49–54.