Maria Ryskina she/her

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Maria is standing in front of a window on a cloudy day, smiling at the camera and folding her arms. She is wearing a pink shirt and a blue blazer.

I am a PhD candidate at the Language Technologies Institute of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. I am fortunate to be advised by Matt Gormley, Eduard Hovy, and Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick.

My research takes an interdisciplinary approach to natural language processing, bringing together machine learning (latent variable models, finite-state models, unsupervised learning) and computational linguistics (morphology, linguistic typology, language change, psycholinguistics). I aim both to uncover new linguistic knowledge using computational methods and to leverage this knowledge to improve NLP applications.

I recieved my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and Skoltech. I worked on my master’s thesis at MIT InfoLab. In 2020, I interned at DiDi Labs with Kevin Knight.

I also research the economic impact of AI as a part of the National Technology Strategy “moonshot” at CMU. I am a member of BergLab and LLab. Outside of work, I help out at Queer in AI and sing with the D♭ Singers.


Jul 8, 2022 An article by Hetvi Jethwani about our work at Queer in AI came out in XRDS: Crossroads, The ACM Magazine for Students! Read it on the ACM website.
Jul 8, 2022 I am co-organizing the Queer in AI workshop at NAACL 2022! Check out our event schedule and join us this weekend in Seattle and online!
Mar 25, 2022 I presented my work on modeling non-standard language at LCC lab @ University of Toronto. Slides are available here.
Feb 25, 2022 I gave a talk about my thesis work on non-standard language at EvLab @ MIT BCS. Slides are available here.
Feb 21, 2022 I gave a talk about my work on non-standard language at the CLunch seminar @ University of Pennsylvania. You can find the slides here.

selected publications

  1. BlackboxNLP
    Learning Mathematical Properties of Integers
    Maria Ryskina and Kevin Knight
    In Proceedings of the Fourth BlackboxNLP Workshop on Analyzing and Interpreting Neural Networks for NLP 2021
  2. ACL
    Phonetic and Visual Priors for Decipherment of Informal Romanization
    In Proceedings of the 58th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics 2020
  3. SCiL
    Where New Words Are Born: Distributional Semantic Analysis of Neologisms and Their Semantic Neighborhoods
    In Proceedings of the Society for Computation in Linguistics 2020
  4. ACL
    Automatic Compositor Attribution in the First Folio of Shakespeare
    In Proceedings of the 55th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics 2017