I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Information and Department of Linguistics (Joint Appointment), and Computer Science (Associate Member), at The University of British Columbia. My research is in deep learning and natural language processing. My research program focuses on deep representation learning and natural language socio-pragmatics, with a goal to build `social’ machines for improved human health, safer social networking, and reduced information overload. I am a member of the Center for Artificial Intelligence Decision making and Action and Institute for Computing, Information, and Cognitive Systems. I direct the UBC NLP lab (website coming soon).