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Dr. Small's main area of research in the field of Artificial Intelligence is Computational Linguistics. This stemmed from her research work at SUNY Albany where Dr. Small was the lead research scientist and third phase co-PI of the HITIQA project funded under the federal government's AQUAINT program. The AQUAINT program (2001-2008) was a federally funded highly competitive program whose goal was to develop Advanced Question Answering tools for Intelligence Analysts. She has made significant advances in the field of Question Answering, specifically analytical question answering (AQA). Dr. Small was previous CEO of Language Analytical Corporation (2007-2010), where she focused on CL work on various federal contracts as well as National Science Foundation, Small business Innovation Research grants. She has recently designed a new robotics program for the Department of Computer Science. Dr. Small's work has been funded by IARPA and the NSF. She has numerous book chapters, conference papers and journal articles.
Publications & Research Projects

Degree Program University
Ph.D. University at Albany, SUNY
M.S. Computer Science The State University of New York at Albany
B.S. Computer Science Siena College

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

She has implement a flipped classroom teaching style with students listening to lectures and reading from the textbook for homework assignments. This frees all of the class time to be interactive programming time with all students working on the laptops to finish challenging programming exercises.

What I Love About Siena

The freedom to explore new teaching styles is one of the things Dr. Small most enjoys about Siena College. Being able to bring this new type of fully interactive classroom and exciting research opportunities to the superior students at Siena is at the foundation of Dr. Small's teaching philosophy.

My Favorite Courses to Teach

Dr. Small currently teaches Introduction to Programming utilizing the java programming language.

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2011 - Now Innovation Lead The Stack Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Siena College
2010 - Now Assistant Professor Siena College Computer Science Department
2010 - Now Director Siena College Institute of Artificial Intelligence
2007 - 2010 CEO LAANCOR
2002 - 2011 Senior Research Scientist The State University of NY at Albany; ILS

Current Research

Dr. Small recently was recently awarded a prestigious Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) grant from the National Science Foundation. Titled "REU Site: Undergraduate Research on Artificial Intelligence and Text Analysis," this grant for $359,923 will provide a unique opportunity for undergraduates to develop research expertise in the field of Artificial Intelligence under the guidance of the Siena College Institute for Artificial Intelligence (SCIAI). Students from across the nation will apply to participate in this ten-week program as REU Scholars. A total of ten students will be accepted, two from Siena and eight from other colleges. Additionally, five Siena students will be employed as research peers. The program will repeat for three summers.
The National Science Foundation REU grant is typically awarded to large research institutions and highly selective liberal arts colleges. Of the 70 existing REU programs under the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science & Engineering, only three take place at undergraduate institutions. As such, this grant acknowledges the high level of excellence of Siena’s undergraduate research programs. More information about the program can be found at www.siena.edu/reu.

Articles & Book Reviews

  • Review of Information Extraction Technologies and Applications
    The Journal of Neural Computing and Applications
    2013
  • HITIQA: High-quality intelligence through interactive question answering.
    Journal of Natural Language Engineering: Special Issue on Interactive Question Answering
    2008
  • A model for quantitative evaluation of an end-to-end question answering system
    Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology
    2007
  • A model for quantitative evaluation of an end-to-end question-answering system
    Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
    2007
  • Using Interview Data to Identify Evaluation Criteria for Interactive, Analytical Question-Answering Systems
    Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
    2007
  • Automated judgment of document qualities
    Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology
    2006
  • Four Easy Ways to a Faster FFT
    Journal Math. Model. Algorithms
    2002

Books & Book Chapters

  • Advances in Open-Domain Question Answering
    Springer
    2006
  • New Directions in Question Answering, AAAI/MIT Press
    AAAI/MIT Press
    2004

Presentations

  • Siena's Information Retrieval Assistant;
    2014
    Proceedings of TREC, Giathersburg, Maryland
  • Siena's Twitter Information Retrieval System: The 2014 Microblog Track
    2014
    Proceedings of TREC, Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Revealing Contentious Concepts Across Social Groups
    2012
    In Proceedings of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, Istanbul, Turkey
  • SAWUS: Siena's Automatic Wikipedia Update System
    2012
    The Twenty-First Annual Text Retrieval Conference Proceedings, Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Siena's Twitter Information Retrieval System: The 2012 Microblog Track
    2012
    The Twenty-First Annual Text Retrieval Conference Proceedings, Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • The Siena College Medical Information Retrieval System (MIRS)
    2012
    The Twenty-First Annual Text Retrieval Conference Proceedings, Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • 10 Weeks to TREC: STIRS, Siena's Twitter Informational Retrieval System
    2011
    The Twentieth Text Retrieval Conference Proceedings, Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Acting your age online: Identifying user age from avatar chat, appearance, and behavior
    2011
    Scholar-to-scholar presentation at the 97th annual conference of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Gamer culture versus the culture of the game: An analysis of player behavior and gamer identity in Second Life
    2011
    12th annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), Seattle, Oregon
  • Identifying social conformists in a virtual world
    2011
    12th annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), Seattle, Oregon
  • Multi-Modal Annotation of Quest Games in Second Life
    2011
    Proceedings of The 49th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, Portland, Oregon
  • (Tacitly) Collaborative Question Answering Utilizing Web Trails
    2010
    Proceedings of The International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, Valetta, Malta
  • HITIQA: A Question Answering Analytical Tool
    2005
    Proceedings of International Conf. On Intelligence Analysis, McLean, Virginia
  • ILQUA--An IE-driven question answering system
    2005
    Proceedings of TREC, Washington D.C., United States of America
  • Designing a Realistic Evaluation of an End-to-end Interactive Question Answering System
    2004
    Proceedings of LREC Conference, Lisbon, Portugal
  • HITIQA: A Data Driven Approach to Interactive Analytical Question Answering
    2004
    Proceedings of Human Language Technology Conference, Boston, Massachusetts
  • HITIQA: Scenario Based Question Answering
    2004
    Proceedings of Human Language Technology workshop, Boston, Massachusetts
  • HITIQA: Towards Analytical Question Answering
    2004
    Proceedings of The 20th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Geneva, Switzerland
  • HITIQA: A Data Driven Approach to Interactive Question Answering: A Preliminary Report
    2003
    Proceedings of AAAI Spring Symposium on Advances in Question Answering, Stanford, California
  • HITIQA: An Interactive Question Answering System, A Preliminary Report
    2003
    Proceedings of ACL '03, Workshop on QA, Sapporo, Japan
  • Identification of effective predictive variables for document qualities
    2003
    Proceedings of 2003 Annual Meeting of American Society for Information Science and Technology, Medford, New Jersey
  • Multimodal Interactive Question Answering
    2003
    Proceedings of PACLING '03, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Three easy steps to a faster FFT (no, we don't need a plan)
    2001
    Proceedings of 2001 International Symposium on Performance Evaluation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems, Orlando, Florida
  • Three easy steps to a faster FFT (the story continues ..)
    2001
    Proceedings of the International Conference on Imaging Science, Systems, and Technology, Las Vegas, Nevada