Melissa Roemmele

The Institute for Creative Technologies
University of Southern California
12015 Waterfront Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90094
roemmele @ ict . usc . edu

I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science at University of Southern California, expecting to graduate in 2017. I work as a research assistant in the Narrative Group led by my advisor Andrew Gordon at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, where we pursue artificial intelligence for applications related to storytelling. My thesis research explores machine learning approaches to automatically generating text-based stories. Before coming to USC, I completed a Master's degree in Computational Linguistics at Indiana University. As an undergraduate I studied Psychology and Linguistics at Miami University, where I was also part of the Diving team.

View my CV/Resume.

Projects/Code

I put together a brief tutorial of how to use Keras to build a simple RNN language model that can be used to generate sentences. You can view it as an IPython notebook on Github.

Publications

  • Roemmele, M., Gordon, A., and Swanson, R. (2017) Evaluating Story Generation Systems Using Automated Linguistic Analyses. Workshop on Machine Learning for Creativity, at the 23rd SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD 2017), Halifax, Canada. pdf
  • Roemmele, M., Mardo, P., and Gordon, A. (2017) Natural-language Interactive Narratives in Imaginal Exposure Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology Workshop (CLPsych), at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2017), Vancouver, Canada. pdf
  • Roemmele, M., Kobayashi, S., Inoue, N., and Gordon, A. (2017) An RNN-based Binary Classifier for the Story Cloze Test. Linking Models of Lexical, Sentential and Discourse-level Semantics Workshop (LSDSem), at the 2017 European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL 2017), Valencia, Spain. pdf
  • (Blog post) Roemmele, M. and Heilman, M. (2016) Interpreting and Visualizing Neural Networks for Text Processing. Civis Analytics, Chicago, IL. html
  • Roemmele, M., Morgens, S., Gordon, A., and Morency, L. (2016) Recognizing Human Actions in the Motion Trajectories of Shapes. 2016 International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI 2016), Sonoma, CA. pdf
  • Roemmele, M. (2016) Writing Stories with Help from Recurrent Neural Networks. Doctoral Corsortium at the Thirtieth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-16), Phoenix, Arizona. pdf
  • Roemmele, M. and Gordon, A. (2015) Creative Help: A Story Writing Assistant. Eighth International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS-2015), Copenhagen, Danmark. pdf
  • Maslan, N., Roemmele, M., and Gordon, A. (2015) One Hundred Challenge Problems for Logical Formalizations of Commonsense Psychology. Twelfth International Symposium on Logical Formalizations of Commonsense Reasoning (Commonsense-2015), Stanford University, CA. pdf
  • Maslan, N., Roemmele, M., and Gordon, A. (2015) An Integrated Evaluation of Perception, Interpretation, and Narration. Beyond the Turing Test Workshop, at the 29th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-15), Austin, TX. pdf
  • Gordon, A. and Roemmele, M. (2014) An Authoring Tool for Movies in the Style of Heider and Simmel. Seventh International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS-2014), Singapore. pdf
  • Roemmele, M., Archer-McClellan, H., and Gordon, A. (2014) Triangle Charades: A Data-Collection Game for Recognizing Actions in Motion Trajectories. 2014 International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI 2014), Haifa, Israel. pdf
  • Wienberg, C., Roemmele, M., and Gordon, A. (2013) Content-Based Similarity Measures of Weblog Authors. The 4th Annual ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci'13), Paris, France. pdf
  • Gordon, A., Kozareva, Z., and Roemmele, M. (2012) SemEval-2012 Task 7: Choice of Plausible Alternatives: An Evaluation of Commonsense Causal Reasoning. 6th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation (SemEval 2012), at the 2012 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (NAACL-HLT 2012), Montreal, Canada. pdf
  • Roemmele, M., Bejan, C., and Gordon, A. (2011) Choice of Plausible Alternatives: An Evaluation of Commonsense Causal Reasoning. Tenth International Symposium on Logical Formalizations of Commonsense Reasoning (Commonsense-2011), Stanford University, CA. pdf