Contact Information

Email:    shomir -at-
Mailing Address:   Shomir Wilson
School of Informatics
University of Edinburgh
10 Crichton Street
Edinburgh EH8 9AB
United Kingdom

Who I Am

I am currently a NSF International Research Fellow affiliated with the University of Edinburgh's School of Informatics and Carnegie Mellon University's Language Technologies Institute. My hosts at these two universities are Jon Oberlander and Alan Black, respectively.

My research spans the areas of natural language processing, cybersecurity (specifically usable privacy and security), and artificial intelligence. Read more about my interests here.

I received my Ph.D. (2011) and M.S. (2008) from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, where I worked on several projects in artificial intelligence and natural langugae processing with the ALMECOM Lab. My supervisor there was Donald Perlis.

I received my undergraduate education at Virginia Tech, where in 2005 I graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science, a B.S. in Mathematics, and a B.A. in Philosophy.

Curriculum Vitae

Have a look here.


2014-05-09: I gave a talk today for the NLIP Seminar Series at the University of Cambridge. Here are my slides. My recent work at the University of Edinburgh is described in the second half of the presentation.

2014-05-01: My short paper submission to ACL in Baltimore was accepted. The dataset it describes is here.

2013-11-04: Here's a belated link to a press release on the usable privacy policies project that I'm involved with. Also, here's the project website.

2013-10-28: The overview of my research is now up to date.

2013-08-05: I recently arrived at the University of Edinburgh to begin the first part of my NSF International Research Fellowship. It's been great meeting several new colleagues, and I look forward to working here for the next twelve months. Also, in coming months I will be attending Ubicomp in Zurich and IJCNLP in Nagoya to present papers at both.

2013-04-30: I recently gave a talk for the CL+NLP Lunch at Carnegie Mellon. You can take a look at my slides.

2012-11-18: I've updated the overview of my research.

2012-07-02: I've created a stub page to host the metalanguage corpus described in my recent ACL paper.

2012-03-16: My paper "The Creation of a Corpus of English Metalanguage" has been accepted for oral presentation at ACL this July in Jeju, South Korea. I will attend to present it.

2012-02-24: A profile of some of my Ph.D. research is up on

2012-02-12: I've been adding content to the EAPSI page over the past few months, and it is now complete.

2011-10-23: Prompted by my move to Carnegie Mellon last month, I've assembled this long-overdue renovation of my website. I'll add more content in the coming months.