Steve Wilson

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Edinburgh

Steve ϵ (SMASH LabEdinburgh NLP) ⊂ ILCCSchool of InformaticsCSEUniversity of Edinburgh

I research how we can develop and use AI and machine learning tools to learn things about people based on what they write in various settings. I've used computational methods to study how language use is related to things like personal values, everyday activities, optimism, mental health, cultural background, and population. While most of my work can be categorized as using Natural Language Processing tools to solve Computational Social Science or Computational Linguistics problems, I'm also interested in ethical implications of AI/NLP technology and AI education.

I received my PhD from the University of Michigan where I was a member of the LIT Lab. Go Blue!

News

September 2, 2019

New Position

Research Associate (Postdoc)

With the University of Edinburgh Natural Language Processing Group.

July 4, 2019

To appear at SocInfo 2019...

"Measuring Personal Values in Cross-Cultural User-Generated Content"

Yiting Shen*, Steven R. Wilson* and Rada Mihalcea.
*Equal Contributions

June 28, 2019

Teaching materials from my DS3 tutorial are now available here

Tutorial Title: "Fundamentals of Text Analysis for User Generated Content"

Hosted by École Polytechnique and the DATAIA Institute.

May 14, 2019

To appear at ACL 2019...

"Predicting Human Activities from User-Generated Content"

Steven R. Wilson and Rada Mihalcea.

April 10, 2019

To appear at *SEM 2019...

"Multi-Label Transfer Learning for Multi-Relational Semantic Similarity"

Li Zhang, Steven R. Wilson, and Rada Mihalcea.

Publications

"Measuring Personal Values in Cross-Cultural User-Generated Content."

Shen, Y.*,Wilson, S.R.* & Mihalcea, R. SocInfo 2019.

[pdf coming soon]

*equal contributions

"Predicting Human Activities in User-Generated Content."

Wilson, S.R. & Mihalcea, R. ACL 2019.

[pdf] [code]

"Multi-Label Transfer Learning for Multi-Relational Semantic Similarity"

Zhang, L., Wilson, S.R. & Mihalcea, R. *SEM 2019.

[pdf]

"Building and Validating Hierarchical Lexicons with a Case Study on Personal Values"

Wilson, S.R., Shen, Y. & Mihalcea, R. SocInfo 2018.

[pdf] [code] [lexicon]

"Text-based Detection and Understanding of Changes in Mental Health"

Li, Y., Mihalcea, R., & Wilson, S.R. SocInfo 2018.

[pdf]

"Entity and Event Extraction from Scratch Using Minimal Training Data"

Wendlandt, L., Wilson, S.R., Ignat, O., et al TAC 2018, Task 1.

[pdf]

"Sequential Network Transfer: Adapting Sentence Embeddings to Human Actitives and Beyond"

Zhang, L., Wilson, S.R. & Mihalcea, R. arXiv e-print.

[pdf]

"Measuring Semantic Relations between Human Activities"

Wilson, S.R. & Mihalcea, R. IJCNLP 2017.

[pdf] [data]

"Stateology: State-Level Interactive Charting of Language, Feelings, and Values."

Pappas, K., Wilson, S.R. & Mihalcea, R. arXiv e-print.

[pdf]

"Cruciform: Solving Crosswords with Natural Language Processing"

Radev, D., Zhang, R., Wilson, S.R. et al. arXiv e-print.

[pdf]

"Disentangling Topic Models: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Personal Values through Words"

Wilson, S.R., Mihalcea, R., Boyd, R.L. & Pennebaker, J.W. NLP+CSS @ EMNLP 2016.

[pdf]

"Finding Optimistic and Pessimistic Users on Twitter"

Ruan, X., Wilson, S.R. & Mihalcea, R. ACL 2016.

[pdf] [data]

"Cultural Influences on the Measurement of Personal Values through Words"

Wilson, S.R., Mihalcea, R., Boyd, R.L. & Pennebaker, J.W. AAAI SSS 2016.

[pdf]

"Values in Words: Using Language to Evaluate and Understand Personal Values"

Boyd, R.*, Wilson, S.R.*, Pennebaker, J.W. et al. ICWSM 2015.

[pdf]

*equal contributions

Education

2013 - 2019

PhD, Computer Science & Engineering

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Dissertation: Natural Language Processing for Personal Values and Human Activities.

2013 - 2015

MS, Computer Science & Engineering

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Depth area: Intelligent Systems.

2009 - 2013

BS (w/ Highest Honors), Computer Science / Systems

Taylor University, Upland, Indiana, USA

Concentration: Intelligent Systems | Minor: Psychology.

Places Visited

Maps created with amcharts.com. Drive-through only and flight layovers not counted : )

Contact

Address
10 Crichton St, Room 3.29
Edinburgh, UK
Email
steven.wilson [at] ed [d0t] ac [dot] uk