1 Dr. Will Styler IPA: [wië "stailä] Department of Linguistics University of Colorado at Boulder 295 UCB Boulder, CO, Legal name: William F. Styler IV will (at) savethevowels.org Homepage: Current Position Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan, Department of Linguistics Education B.A. Linguistics, University of Colorado at Boulder, Winter Awarded through a Concurrent BA/MA Program Honors: Graduated with Distinction M.A. Linguistics, University of Colorado at Boulder, Winter Awarded through a Concurrent BA/MA Program M.A. Thesis Title: Establishing the nature of context in speaker vowel space normalization M.A. Thesis successfully defended in April 2008 Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Colorado at Boulder, Doctoral Thesis Title: On the Acoustical and Perceptual Features of Vowel Nasality Doctoral Thesis successfully defended on March 18th, 2015 Research Interests In Acoustic and Articulatory Phonetics: Speech perception with an emphasis on complexity, variability, and its role in our perception; machine learning in phonetics and perception; perceptual normalization across speakers and in coarticulatory/co-production contexts; the acoustics, perception and production of nasality in vowels; the interface of Usage-based phonology and phonetics. In Natural Language Processing: Processing language and idioms in medicine and medical records; event extraction and temporal reasoning; annotation and representation of temporal semantics; the role of inference and domain knowledge in natural language processing.
2 Dr. Will Styler 2 Publications William F. Styler IV, Steven Bethard, Sean Finan, Martha Palmer, Sameer Pradhan, Piet C De Groen, Brad Erickson, Timothy Miller, Chen Lin, Guergana K Savova, James Pustejovsky. Temporal annotation in the clinical domain. Transactions of the Association of Computational Linguistics, Volume 2, R. Ikuta, W.F. Styler IV, M. Hamang, T. O Gorman, and M. Palmer. Challenges of adding causation to richer event descriptions. In Proceedings of the 2014 ACL EVENT Workshop. Association for Computational Linguistics, June W. Chen and W. Styler. Anafora: A web-based general purpose annotation tool. In the Proceedings of the NAACL HLT 2013 Demonstration Session, pages 14-19, June Daniel Albright, Arrick Lanfranchi, Anwen Fredriksen, Will Styler, Colin Warner, Jena DeCheong Hwang, Jinho Choi, Dmitriy Dligach, Rodney Nielsen, James Martin, Wayne Ward, and Guergana Savova (2012). Towards comprehensive syntactic and semantic annotations of the clinical narrative. In Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Rebecca Scarborough, Will Styler, Georgia Zellou (2011). Nasal Coarticulation in Lexical Perception: The Role of Neighborhood-Conditioned Variation. In the proceedings of The 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Guergana Savova, Steven Bethard, Will Styler, James H. Martin, Martha Palmer, James Masanz, and Wayne Ward (2009). Towards temporal relation discovery from the clinical narrative. In American Medical Informatics Association Presentations and Posters Will Styler and Rebecca Scarborough (2014). Surveying the Nasal Peak: A1 and P0 in nasal and nasalized vowels. A poster presented at the Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Indianapolis, Indiana (October 26th-29th, 2014) Will Styler, Rebecca Scarborough, Georgia Zellou (2011). Use of stimulus mixing to synthesize a continuum of nasality in natural speech. A poster presented at the 162nd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in San Diego, California (October 31st-November 4th, 2011) Non-Refereed Publications Will Styler. Using Praat for Linguistic Research Published and maintained at praat/, July Will Styler (2011). The EnronSent Corpus. Technical Report , University of Colorado at Boulder Institute of Cognitive Science, Boulder, CO. Honors and Awards Received the University of Colorado Graduate School s Graduate Student Teaching Excellence award, based on student evaluations, recommendations, and observation in the classroom. Received Departmental Fellowship for full tuition and fees for first year of Ph.D work, 2008 Graduated with Distinction for BA degree, indicating a 3.75 or greater overall GPA, 2008 Named National Residence Hall Honorary September 2006 CU Student of the Month, 2006
3 Dr. Will Styler 3 Research Experience University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Linguistics Research Assistant to Dr. Rebecca Scarborough, Spring 2008-Spring Assisting Dr. Scarborough with phonetic data collection and analysis, along with the design of new computational methods of data analysis and measurement. Particular emphasis on the development of new tools for accurately and quickly analyzing formant and spectral measures in large corpora of data, as well as the computational manipulation of nasality. Working with primarily with Praat, Python, SPSS, PsyScope X, PsychoPy and R. University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Cognitive Science Research Assistant and Annotation Supervisor for Dr. Martha Palmer, Spring 2008-Fall Assisting and directing various computer language processing and corpus annotation projects. Main projects include the development of a schema for the coding and annotation of temporal relations within medical records (the THYME project) and in the general domain (RED for the DEFT project) and the implementation of the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) to mark the information desired in clinical questions (MiPACQ). This position involved training and supervising a team of 10+ annotators as they progressed through a series of annotation tasks using Protege, Knowtator, Jubilee, and other tools, and also led to a role in the development of Anafora, a lightweight annotation tool to replace Protege/Knowtator. This annotation and schema development work has since given rise to two published papers and several accepted grants. This involved collaboration with the Mayo Clinic and Harvard Children s Medical Clinic. Teaching Experience Lead Graduate Teacher for the University of Colorado Department of Linguistics Departmental Lead for the development of Graduate Teaching, Academic year Coordinating departmental graduate teaching, consulting for graduate teachers, and conducting video consultations for new and returning graduate teachers. Also organized and lead the Linguistics Department Teaching intensives for Fall and Spring Originally hired for , but asked to reprise in Through the University of Colorado Graduate Teacher Program (http://gtp.colorado.edu/). Workshop Instructor, LSA Linguistic Institute 2011 Workshop Instructor - Using Praat for Linguistic Research, July 10th and 16th, 2011 Teaching a 4 hour intensive seminar about using the Praat Phonetics Software package for linguistic measurement, sound modification, and Praat scripting. The workshop was repeated twice during the institute (due to high demand), and once again in the Fall of Graduate Instructor-of-Record, University of Colorado at Boulder LING Graduate Linguistic Phonetics, Fall 2011 Planned and taught a graduate-level course focused on a variety of topics in articulatory, acoustic and laboratory phonetics, for a class of 26 incoming graduate students. Tasked with the preparation of two weekly 1.5 hour lectures and a weekly lab session, and all of the homeworks, labs, tests and other materials necessary for the class to function. LING Language Sound Systems, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012
4 Dr. Will Styler 4 Planned and taught a survey of acoustic and articulatory phonetics and phonology to a class of undergraduates. Tasked with preparing and presenting two weekly lectures as well as creating materials for 1 weekly lab, and all of the homework, tests, and other materials necessary for the class to function. LING Languages of the World, Fall 2014 Planned and taught an introductory course in linguistics, focused on examining many of the languages and language families in the world with an eye towards typology, patterns, and understanding the link between how languages accomplish communication and how Language in general works. Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Colorado at Boulder LING Language Sound Systems, Spring 2013 Presented an overview of acoustic and articulatory phonetics and phonology to a class of undergraduates. Tasked with running two weekly lab sessions, teaching undergraduates to use Praat and other phonetic software, as well as all non-exam course grading. Chair and Coordinator, 2007 CU Stampede First Year Leadership Camp 2007 CU Stampede First Year Leadership Camp, August 19th-20th 2007 Coordinating, planning, teaching and advising at an intensive orientation/conference for a group of 50 incoming Freshmen. Workshop Instructor, University of Colorado Graduate Teacher Program Expect the Unexpected!, March 11th, August 22nd, and October 7th 2013 An interactive workshop for the general campus audience focused on preparing college-level teachers for a variety of unexpected, uncomfortable, and unpleasant situations that can come up in the course of conducting a class, with the goal of helping teachers manage chaos with confidence. Repeated three times to meet demand. Writing Readably and Reading Writably, January 9th, 2014 A one-hour course for graduate students about writing in an academic setting, as well as purposeful research, all with a focus on writing papers that somebody might, someday, actually want to read. LaTeX for Linguists, November 17th 2012, October 22nd 2013 A 2.5 hour intensive course on the use of the LaTeX typesetting engine for linguistics-related writing and teaching material generation, with special emphasis on bibliography, exam creation, and the proper use of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) characters. Repeated by popular demand. Putting the LOL in Classroom Learning, January 21st 2014, September 22nd 2014 A one hour workshop focused on the skillful application of humor in lectures, exams, and assignments, with emphasis on where to draw the line between funny and offensive. Active Harmer Response, September 16th 2013 A one hour workshop, coordinated with the University of Colorado Police discussing how student instructors should handle active harm situations (such as bomb threats, active shooters), with an emphasis on both ensuring one s personal safety and on the teacher s role in promoting student safety. Student Leadership Mentor, CU Stampede First Year Leadership Camp CU Stampede First Year Leadership Camp, Training a group of 5-10 first year students to get involved on campus and make an effective transition into the new environment at CU during a small training camp at the start of Fall Semester.
5 Dr. Will Styler 5 Invited Program Presenter, CU Stampede First Year Leadership Camp CU Stampede First Year Leadership Camp, Program: Language is magic, a presentation on the beauty, magic, and joy to be found in languages of the world, with emphasis on the improbable nature of human communication. ( ) Program: Your Writing System is lying to you, an accessible introduction to articulatory phonetics and phonology using examples from English speech, framed as an exploration of the role of passion in leadership. ( ) Program: The View from the other side of the Desk, a seminar on the lessons for students in a University setting which come from thinking like the instructor. ( ) Non-Academic Publications Speech is an Elaborate Cover for Widespread Telepathy. Speculative Grammarian, Vol. CLXX, No. 4, August 2014 (http://specgram.com/clxx.4/09.styler.telepathy.html) In the Shadows of Hemera. Jupiter Science Fiction Magazine, Issue 26, Isonoe, October 2009 Human languages English, Native Speaker Spanish, Fluent Russian, Intermediate French, Beginning, Intermediate fluency in reading Lakota, Notions Computing languages Praat Script, Advanced LaTeX, Advanced HTML/CSS, Advanced R, Intermediate Python/PsychoPy, Intermediate Bash shell, Intermediate Professional Memberships Linguistic Society of America, April 2007-Present Acoustical Society of America, December 2007-Present Last updated: March 21, 2015
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