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Trevor Fountain, somewhat desaturated

Trevor Fountain is a cognitive science and informatics researcher who recently finished his PhD at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics, where he worked a member of ICCS and studied models of natural language categorization under Mirella Lapata.

He did his undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin, in the Computer Science Department. He graduated as one of the first classes of Turing Scholars, and did his honour’s thesis work with the UT Computational Linguistics Lab as part of the Shalmaneser semantic role-labelling project.

If you’re looking for a trained research post-doc, a competent software developer, or both, he can be bought.

Publications

  • Fountain, T. (2012). Modelling the Acquisition of Natural Language Categories. Ph. D. Thesis. The University of Edinburgh [PDF]
  • Fountain, T. & Lapata, M. (2012). Taxonomy Induction Using Hierarchical Random Graphs. Proceedings of the Conference on Human Language Technology and North American chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (HLT-NAACL 2012) Montreal, Canada [PDF]
  • Fountain, T. & Lapata, M. (2011). Incremental Models of Natural Language Category Acquisition. L. Carlson, C. Hölscher, & T. Shipley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. [PDF]
  • Fountain, T. & Lapata, M. (2010). Meaning Representation in Natural Language Categories. In S. Ohlsson & R. Catrambone (Eds.), Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. [PDF]

Presentations

  • Fountain, T. & Lapata, M. (2012, June). Taxonomy Induction Using Hierarchical Random Graphs. Talk presented at the 2012 Human Language Technology Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Montréal, Canada. [PDF] (slides)
  • Fountain, T. & Lapata, M. (2011, July). Incremental Models of Natural Language Category Acquisition. Talk presented at the 33nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Boston, MA [PDF] (slides)
  • Fountain, T. (2011, May). Incremental Models of Natural Language Category Acquisition. Poster presented at the SICSA PhD Conference 2011. Edinburgh, Scotland [PDF] (poster)
  • Fountain, T (2011, May). Incremental and Nonparametric: Modeling Category Acquisition. Talk presented at the 2011 Linguistics & English Language Postgraduate Conference. Edinburgh, Scotland. [PDF] (slides)
  • Fountain, T. & Lapata, M. (2010, August). Meaning Representation in Natural Language Categories. Poster presented at the 32 Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Portland, OR [PDF] (poster)
  • Fountain, T. (2010, June). Meaning Representation in Natural Language Categories. Talk presented at the SICSA PhD Conference 2010. Edinburgh, Scotland [PDF] (slides)
  • Fountain, T. (2009, October). Natural Language Categorization. Poster presented at the 19th Language at Edinburgh Lunch. Edinburgh, Scotland [PDF] (poster)

Teaching

In Fall 2010 he served as a tutor for INF 2A, Processing Natural and Formal Languages.

In Fall 2009 and 2010 he served as both a tutor and a lab demonstrator for Computer Programming 1, a course in C programming for non-informatics students.

In Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 he worked as a staff member of INFBase, a student help-desk supporting non-honors Informatics courses.

Code

Like most programmer-folk, he has built up a small catalogue of useful tools over the years. He’s even made most of them publicly available, in the hope that others may find them useful — in particular, people seem to make use of: