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Research interests

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My research brings together natural language processing (NLP), privacy, and artificial intelligence.

I am interested in solving problems to enable computers to do meaningful work with large volumes of natural language text. My lab develops new methods for NLP and applies them to a variety of domains, including privacy, online social networks, web science, and digital libraries. I am particularly interested in breaking down technology's "walls of text", i.e., situations where a human user or decision-maker is expected to consume a large quantity of text to take action while lacking sufficient resources (time, expertise) to properly understand what they have been given. I have applied this paradigm to privacy policies, scholarly manuscripts, documents from the world wide web, and historical texts, and I am always interested in new domains to work with.

Personal profile

I am an Assistant Professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State, where I lead the Human Language Technologies Lab. I am also a Faculty Affiliate of Penn State's Institute for CyberScience and a member of the Social Data Analytics graduate faculty.

From 2016 until 2018 I was an Assistant Professor in the EECS Department at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to that I was a postdoc and a lecturer in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science and an NSF International Research Fellow in the University of Edinburgh's School of Informatics. I received my PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland in 2011.

Education/Academic qualification

Computer Science, PhD, University of Maryland

Computer Science, M.S., University of Maryland

Computer Science, B.S., Virginia Tech

Mathematics, B.S, Virginia Tech

Philosophy, B.A., Virginia Tech

Researcher Defined Keywords

  • natural language processing
  • computational linguistics
  • privacy
  • artificial intelligence

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Research Output 2007 2019

Privacy-enhancing artificial intelligence and language technologies (PAL 2019): Preface to the proceedings

Wilson, S., Ghanavati, S., Ghazinour, K. & Sadeh, N., Jan 1 2019, In : CEUR Workshop Proceedings. 2335

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Artificial intelligence
1 Citation (Scopus)

Vaccine:: Obfuscating Access Pattern Against File-Injection Attacks

Liu, H., Wang, B., Niu, N., Wilson, S. & Wei, X., Jun 1 2019, 2019 IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security, CNS 2019. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., p. 109-117 9 p. 8802803. (2019 IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security, CNS 2019).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Vaccines
Cryptography
Servers
Injection
Query
2 Citations (Scopus)

Analyzing privacy policies at scale: From crowdsourcing to automated annotations

Wilson, S., Schaub, F., Liu, F., Sathyendra, K. M., Smullen, D., Zimmeck, S., Ramanath, R., Story, P., Liu, F., Sadeh, N. & Smith, N. A., Dec 1 2018, In : ACM Transactions on the Web. 13, 1, 1.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Internet
Websites
Labeling
Interfaces (computer)
Learning systems
6 Citations (Scopus)

PrivOnto: A semantic framework for the analysis of privacy policies

Oltramari, A., Piraviperumal, D., Schaub, F., Wilson, S., Cherivirala, S., Norton, T. B., Russell, N. C., Story, P., Reidenberg, J. & Sadeh, N., Jan 1 2018, In : Semantic Web. 9, 2, p. 185-203 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Semantics
Application programs
Ontology
Learning systems
Websites
14 Citations (Scopus)

PrivOnto: A semantic framework for the analysis of privacy policies

Oltramari, A., Piraviperumal, D., Schaub, F., Wilson, S., Cherivirala, S., Norton, T. B., Russell, N. C., Story, P., Reidenberg, J. & Sadeh, N., 2018, In : Semantic Web. 9, 2, p. 185-203 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Semantics
Application programs
Ontology
Learning systems
Websites