My name is Yuni Susanti, and I am currently a first second third 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. I did internship as a NLP Researcher in IBM Research for six months in 2017-2018.

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

Publications: check my Google scholar.

Let’s get a bit personal and talk about hobbies. I normally spend 50% of my whole day for book and movies, 20% for drawing, 10% for writing (you might find lots of creepy love poems or short-stories in this blog), and the rest for others (yes, yes, doing research is one of them. yes yes, thinking about future husband 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