Lara J. Martin, PhD

Computing Innovation Fellow postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania

How to say Lara: /'lɑɹ.ə/

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I teach computers how to tell stories (also known as automated story generation).
More generally, I do Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence with a focus on natural language. I look at how humans communicate and design/create artificially intelligent agents to leverage that.
Professionally interested in cognition and computational creativity; personally interested in AI equity and science communication.
My pronouns are she/they.

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  • LJ Martin. Neurosymbolic Automated Story Generation, Thesis, Georgia Institute of Technology. (pdf)






  • LJ Martin, B Harrison, and MO Riedl. Improvisational Computational Storytelling in Open Worlds, Ninth International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS 2016) / INT 9, Los Angeles, CA. (pdf)


  • LJ Martin, A Wilkinson, SS Miryala, V Robison, and AW Black. Utterance Classification in Speech-to-Speech Translation for Zero-Resource Languages in the Hospital Administration Domain, 2015 IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop (ASRU 2015), Scottsdale, AZ. (pdf)


  • L Martin, M Stone, F Metze, and J Mostow. A Methodology for Using Crowdsourced Data to Measure Uncertainty in Natural Speech. 2014 IEEE Spoken Language Technology Workshop (SLT 2014), South Lake Tahoe, NV. (pdf)
  • S Moon, S Potdar, and L Martin. Identifying Student Leaders from MOOC Discussion Forums through Language Influence. EMNLP 2014 Workshop on Analysis of Large Scale Social Interaction in MOOCs, Doha, Qatar. (official proceedings)
  • S Cosentino, S Burger, L Martin, F Metze, T Kishi, K Hashimoto, S Sessa, M Zecca, and A Takanishi. A multisensory non-invasive system for laughter analysis. 36th Annual International IEEE EMBS Conference, Chicago, IL. (pdf)
  • N Wolfe, VV Vemuri, LJ Martin, F Metze, and AW Black. Applause: A Learning Tool for Low-Resource Languages. Designing Speech and Language Interactions Workshop (CHI 2014), Toronto, Canada. (pdf)
  • S Yu, L Jiang, Z Mao, X Chang, X Du, C Gan, Z Lan, Z Xu, X Li, Y Cai, A Kumar, Y Miao, L Martin, N Wolfe, S Xu, H Li, M Lin, Z Ma, Y Yang, D Meng, S Shan, PD Sahin, S Burger, F Metze, R Singh, B Raj, T Mitamura, R Stern, and A Hauptmann. Informedia@ TRECVID 2014 MED and MER. TrecVID 2014, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL. (pdf)

Brief Bio

My research interests include:
  • computational creativity,
  • interactive narrative and narrative generation & understanding,
  • prosody & emotion (affective computing),
  • dialog & conversational agents,
  • and cognitive systems.

I am currently a CIFellow at the University of Pennsylvania, working with Dr. Chris Callison-Burch.

I earned my PhD in Human-Centered Computing in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. I worked with Dr. Mark Riedl in the Entertainment Intelligence Lab, doing automated story generation.

In 2018, I received a Tech to Teaching certificate, and that summer I was instructor of record for Intro to Cognitive Science.

I have an Masters in Language Technologies from LTI at Carnegie Mellon University in their School of Computer Science. I received my BS in Computer Science and Linguistics from Rutgers University — New Brunswick.

In the past, I have had summer research opportunities at Amazon in their Alexa Smart Home Machine Learning team and at the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies (USC ICT) with the Virtual Patient Project.

One of my non-research passions is in educating children about computer science and technology — especially getting young girls interested, and I try to find as many local outreach opportunities as I can.

I enjoy playing computer games and board games, petting dogs, hiking, SCUBA diving, playing piano and accordion, collecting accents, and doing random craft projects. And I'm married to Dr. David Kent, the best person.

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