Alona Fyshe is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC, Canada, and is a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar.  Alona’s PhD is from the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University where she was advised by Tom Mitchell.  Alona studies semantics (language meaning) and semantic composition (building more complex meaning by combining words), both in the brain and by using large text datasets.  Alona grew up in Edmonton, AB, Canada, and has a nearly nuclear family consisting of a husband, daughter, dog and cat.  Aside from keeping animals and children alive, Alona’s hobbies include knitting, painting and generally making things out of other things.






Nicole on a good hair day

Nicole Rafidi is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in the joint Machine Learning and Neural Computation program at Carnegie Mellon University, where she develops algorithms for analyzing brain data so we can better understand how humans process language. She is advised from by Tom Mitchell. Originally a valley girl from Los Angeles, she fled the sunshine for Princeton University, where she earned a BSE in Electrical Engineering. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, swimming and running. Nicole also has an extremely cute dog.








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