Hello~

My name is Yuni Susanti, and I am currently a first second (oh no!) year PhD student at the Computational Linguistics/ Natural Language Processing group (自然言語処理研究室), Computer Science Department, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, under the supervision of Prof. Takenobu Tokunaga.

IMG_6079My interest in the field of CL/ NLP can be traced back to about 5 years ago, when I started working on my undergraduate thesis, which was about Automatic Text Summarisation. I got my bachelor degree from Informatics Department, University of Sebelas Maret, Indonesia. That was when I found a book titled “Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things: What Categories Reveal About Minds”, which, contrary to its unusual title, is a book about cognitive linguistic written by George Lakoff. According to Wikipedia, the book’s title was inspired by the noun class system of the Dyirbal language, in which the “feminine” category includes nouns for women, water, fire, violence, and certain animals. I have been always a bit feminist myself, so I liked that title.

I wanted to pursue a higher degree; and if possible, abroad, so I applied to International Graduate Program in Titech, and successfully secured Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship. I started my PhD right after I got my master degree from Titech in autumn 2015, with a master’s thesis focusing on automatic generation of English vocabulary questions. My current research still focuses on automatic question generation for English learning, extending on controlling the difficulty of the machine-generated questions.

Prior to undertaking master’s study, I spent almost 2 years working on a startup web development company Duxeos, with some friends from my undergraduate study.

Contact me: susanti.y.aa [at] titech.ac.jp or littleflow3r [at] gmail.com

Publications:

  • Yuni Susanti, Hitoshi Nishikawa, Tokunaga Takenobu and Obari Hiroyuki, Item Difficulty Analysis of English Vocabulary Questions, Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU 2016), pages 267-274, 2016. May [pdf]
  • Yuni Susanti, Ryu Iida and Takenobu Tokunaga, Automatic generation of English vocabulary tests, Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU 2015), pages 77-87, 2015. May. [pdf]
  • Yuni Susanti, Ryu Iida and Takenobu Tokunaga, Collecting pairs of word senses and their context sentences for generating English vocabulary tests, Work-in-Progress Poster (WIPP) Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE 2014), pages 52-54, 2014. Dec. [pdf]

Let’s get a bit personal and talk about hobbies. I normally spend 30% of my whole day reading book (fiction-I don’t usually read non-fiction), 20% for doodling, 20% for writing (you might find lots of creepy love poems or short-stories in this blog), and the rest 30% for others (yes, yes, doing research is one of them :p ). When I was in Indonesia I spent 50% of my day playing with my cats but now we are on long-distance relationship :’) And oh, I do like cooking recently.

Lastly, here is a memento from me you can bring back home. A beautiful quote from Desiderius Erasmus, a renaissance humanist:

Ignis mare mulier, tria mala / Fire, sea, and woman, here be evils three

Told you. I have always been a bit feminist myself.🙂 bye, xoxo