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a. Team

The Distributed Little Red Hen Lab is a group of cooperative researchers who contribute resources, skills, and time to provide something to the working of the Red Hen Lab that other members of the cooperative will find useful.  The participants in the Red Hen Lab are sometimes called "red hens." New tools for the Red Hen Lab arise as red hens create them.

Alphabetical by Last Name

  • Soumitra Agarwal, Undergraduate student at Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (Mathematics and Computing). Working on multi-modal gesture recognition and unsupervised classification of different instances of Blended Classic Joint Attention, with Dr. Mark Turner and Dr. Francis Steen.
  • Daniel Alcaraz. PhD student at Lancaster University. My PhD thesis focuses on the analysis of time conceptualisation through multimodal data. I am working alongside Javier Valenzuela and Cristóbal Pagán on time-related co-speech gestures in Red Hen by building up a large database of gesture information. I am an external collaborator in the Séneca Foundation of the Regional Government of Murcia, Spain and since 2016 my research is supported by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. 
  • Maíra Avelar. Associate Professor of Linguistics at State University of Southwest Bahia (UESB- Brazil). Coordinates the Cognition and Language Studies Lab (LeCogLing- CNPq) and conducts researches on multimodal communication, especially on Metaphor and Gesture Studies.
  • Austin Bennett.  Researcher and Database Developer.
  • Alexander Bergs, Full Professor and Chair of English Language and Linguistics at Osnabrück University, Construction Grammar, Cognition and Poetics, Cognitive Linguistics. 
  • Mehul Bhatt. Professor of Human-Centered Cognitive Assistance (HCC Lab), University of Bremen, Germany | Director of the DesignSpace Group.
  • Julia Bianco. Undergraduate cognitive science student at Case Western Reserve University during 2014-2015 academic year, working on hedging in stand-up comedy. Using Red Hen data
  • Lisa Braun. Master's student at Osnabrück University (Language in Europe). Working on a paper on the functions of gestures with regard to spoken language.
  • Peter Broadwell. Manages NewsScape at the Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Marie-Louise Brunner, research assistant and lecturer in English linguistics, Saarland University, Germany. Member of the research team compiling CASE, the Corpus of Academic Spoken English, consisting of informal Skype conversations between international students using English as a Lingua Franca (other team members: Stefan Diemer and Selina Schmidt). PhD project on pragmatic strategies in international Skype conversations. Research interests: discourse analysis, pragmatics, corpus linguistics, language and identity, intercultural communication, intercomprehension, use of online media and corpora as well as intercultural and multilingual approaches in the EFL classroom. The CASE team will be integrating their corpus data as part of Red Hen, also providing an annotation taxonomy for paralinguistic and non-verbal features. They are currently testing anonymization methods for visual data that preserve features such as gestures and gaze.
  • Kai Chan. Lead developer for the NewsScape and Edge search engines, Social Science Computing, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Lindy Comstock. UCLA graduate student in Applied Linguistics. Russian, Polish and Ukrainian media discourse. 
  • Steven Cramer.  Cognitive Science undergraduate at Case.  "Trojan Horse Learning" in broadcast ads.
  • Ashley Dainas. An undergraduate student at Case during Spring 2013 who completed her capstone research using OCR from Red Hen. Projects: (1) The Grammar of Text Boxes on the broadcast news. (2) Using R in Red Hen. (3) The grammar of "because" as a preposition in English.
  • Debayan Das, Undergraduate Computer Science student (with Honours in Visual Information Technology) at International Institute of Information Technology - Hyderabad (IIIT-H). Working on identifying instances of Blended Classic Joint Attention (in news videos) with Turner and Steen. 
  • Stefan Diemer, associate professor of English Linguistics, Saarland University, Germany. Head of the research team compiling CASE, the Corpus of Academic Spoken English, consisting of informal Skype conversations between international students using English as a Lingua Franca (other team members: Marie-Louise Brunner and Selina Schmidt). Research interests: language and the Web, English as a Lingua Franca, the use of online media and corpora in the EFL classroom, intercomprehension, language and identity, food discourse. The CASE team will be integrating their corpus data as part of Red Hen, also providing an annotation taxonomy for paralinguistic and non-verbal features. They are currently testing anonymization methods for visual data that preserve features such as gestures and gaze.
  • Line Cecilie Engh, postdoc. fellow at The Norwegian Institute in Rome. Medieval studies, intellectual history. My work emphasizes rhetoric, metaphor, and figurative language, and draws on perspectives of cognitive science, social identity, gender, performativity, and intertextuality. 
  • Carlos Fernandez. Developer of the CCExtractor tool, lead with Francis Steen on a Google Summer of Code 2014 project with three student developers in Belgium, India, and Russia.
  • Lilian Ferrari. Full professor in the Linguistics Department  at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil;  director of the Laboratory of Cognitive Linguistics (LINC-UFRJ). Research interests:  mental spaces , conceptual integration, viewpoint, subjectivity/intersubjectivity, metaphor,  deixis, and multimodal constructions. 
  • William FitzGerald.
  • José Fonseca. Professor of Computer Sciences (mainly in databases and security fields) at the Department of Computer Science Engineering of the Polytechnic Higher Education Institute of Guarda, Portugal.
  • Todd Grappone. Associate University Librarian, in charge of the NewsScape Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Gustavo Paiva Guedes. Professor of Computer Science in Federal Center of Technological Education of Rio de Janeiro (CEFET/RJ), Brazil; Research interests: Affective Computing, Sentiment Analysis and Text Mining.
  • Shruti Gullapuram, Graduate student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Developer of the visual recognition pipeline for the NewsScape dataset during Google Summer of Code 2016.
  • Nicholaus Haubrich.  A senior at Shaker Heights High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, during 2013 who completed his Senior Project working in the Red Hen Lab.
  • Owen He. PhD student at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. My research lies in the intersection between logic and neural networks. I have implemented the Audio Processing Pipeline for Red Hen Lab.
  • Jennifer Hinnell. PhD student at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada). Research Question: How are high-level grammatical phenomena (aspect, stance, negation) reflected in body movement? Interests: quantitative analysis of gesture/posture, cognitive/construction grammar, multimodality. 
  • Thomas Hoffmann. Full Professor and Chair of English Language and Linguistics at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Construction Grammar, Cognitive Sociolinguistics, multimodality. Current research focus: the role of the working memory in encoding and decoding multimodal constructs.
  • Anders Hougaard. Associate Professor, Institute of Language and Communication, University of Southern Denmark. Director of SoMe Lab.
  • Eric Hsu. An undergraduate in computer science at Case Western Reserve University. Studied ways in which game developers use blended classical joint attention to design effective and enjoyable video game tutorials.
  • Mark de Kreij. Postdoctoral researcher in Ancient Greek and Linguistics at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.
  • Xavier Laurent. Learning technologist at Oxford University and also a researcher in the field of experimental psychology. My research is focused on memory and learning.
  • Claudia Lehmann. PhD student at the University of Osnabrück, Germany. Working on irony in a construction grammar framework.
  • Jorge Leiva Rojo. Associate Professor in the Department of Translation and Interpreting of the University of Málaga, Spain. Jorge has been a teaching assistant at Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pennsylvania), a visiting scholar at Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts), and an adjunct faculty member at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (Monterey, California). His research focuses on translation review and editing, and translation of colloquial language and phraseology.
  • Ruth M. López. Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in the College of Education at the University of Houston. Research focus is the intersection of immigration and education policies and previously conducted a multimodal critical discourse analysis of the evening television news coverage of the DREAM Act of 2010.
  • Irene MittelbergProfessor of Linguistics and Cognitive Semiotics; director of the Natural Media Lab at Human Technology Centre (HumTec), RWTH Aachen University (Aix-la-Chapelle); gesture, embodied cognition, multimodal figurative construal (image schemas, metaphor, metonymy), multimodal constructions, cognitive semiotics, art theory and iconography. Professor, RWTH Aachen University, Human Technology Centre (HumTec).
  • Todd Oakley.  Professor of Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University.
  • Inés Olza. Researcher at the Institute for Culture and Society of the University of Navarra, Spain. Associate Lecturer at the University of Navarra (Communication and Discourse Analysis) and the Spanish National University for Distance Education (General Linguistics; Associated Centre in Pamplona). Inés has been a Visiting Researcher at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), the University of Antwerp (Belgium), the University of Bergen (Norway) and the University of Birmingham (UK). Her research focuses on the use of figurative language and phraseology both in spontaneous interaction and public discourse; and on Multimodal Discourse Analysis, with a special attention to the articulation of word and gesture. Inés works on the Gesture Group of the Red Hen Lab. Inés is co-PI, with Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas, of the project on time expressions in language and gesture, funded by an Excelencia grant of the Spanish Government.  
  • Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas. Researcher at the Institute for Culture and Society of the University of Navarra, Spain. Postdoctoral research fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies and the University of Oxford. Blending, Cognitive Poetics, Figurative Language (especially poetic figures for emotions and time), Empirical Aesthetics, Multimodal Communication, Story and Event Structure, Spatial Cognition (especially image schemas), Emotion, Construction Grammar, Frame Semantics. Javier Valenzuela and I are studying gestures that accompany time expressions through linguistic searches in Red Hen. In the future, we will be interested in developing the automatized recognition of gesture and other visual patterns, as well as in improving the linguistic tools of Red Hen. Cristóbal is co-PI, with Inés Olza, of the project on time expressions in language and gesture, funded by an Excelencia grant of the Spanish Government.
  • Hayat Passos Ferraz Pinheiro. Master student at State University of Southwest Bahia (UESB- Brazil).  Researches about the deictic expression "aqui" (here) in oral and multimodal data, under the advisement of Professor Maíra Avelar. Using Red Hen data.
  • Anna Pleshakova. REES Head of Language Studies and Fellow, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford, and SM at St Anthony’s College, Oxford, UK. Working in collaboration with Professor Mark Turner and Professor Francis Steen, I am currently conducting the pilot research project on multimodal communication analysis of Russian TV news. 
  • Sai Krishna Rallabandi. Red Hen Google Summer of Code 2015. International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, India. Working on multi-language forced alignment in a heterogenous corpus. Update 2016-06-26: Sai Krishna has been admitted to the PhD program at the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Aditya Rengaswamy, Jon Sender, and Zach Williams: Senior project at Case Western Reserve University. Our goal is to use Red Hen as qualitative stock data with quantitative stock data from the internet to create a day trading algorithm.
  • Otto Santa Ana, Professor of Chicano/a Studies at UCLA. Critical discourse analysis of mass media representations of Latinos, see for instance Juan in a Hundred: The Representation of Latinos on Network News (2013). Developed classes around the NewsScape archive and made a series of intellectual and technological contributions to the project.
  • Selina Schmidt, research assistant and lecturer in English linguistics, Saarland University, Germany. Member of the research team compiling CASE, the Corpus of Academic Spoken English, consisting of informal Skype conversations between international students using English as a Lingua Franca (other team members: Marie-Louise Brunner and Stefan Diemer). PhD project on rapport management in interaction. Research interests: Laughter in computer-mediated communication, transcription systems (in particular laughter), methodological and theoretical perspectives from (Socio)Pragmatics, Discourse Studies, Conversation Analysis, and Corpus Linguistics, as well as contact linguistics with Hispanic languages. The CASE team will be integrating their corpus data as part of Red Hen, also providing an annotation taxonomy for paralinguistic and non-verbal features. They are currently testing anonymization methods for visual data that preserve features such as gestures and gaze.
  • Edward Seley, undergraduate student at Case Western Reserve University studying Cognitive Science, Computer Science, and Data Science. Working on extending tools such as SyntaxNet and CQPweb to Russian and Spanish data sets.
  • Abhinav Shukla, Graduate student at IIIT Hyderabad. Developer of the visual recognition pipeline for the NewsScape dataset during Google Summer of Code 2017. Maintainer for CCExtractor's OCR capabilities.
  • Dirk Siepmann, Professor of English language teaching at Osnabrück University, Germany. Research interests: Lexicology, Lexicography, Grammar, Second-Language Writing, Translation (English-French-German-Russian), Language Testing.
  • Karan Singla. International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, India. Working on speaker diarization. Update 2016-06-26: Karan Singla has been admitted to the PhD program at the Signal Analysis and Interpretation Lab (SAIL) in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California.
  • Francis Steen, Director of the NewsScape International Television News Archive, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at UCLA. Multimodal communication, causal reasoning, visual persuasion, emotion displays, data visualization.
  • Eve Sweetser, Professor of Linguistics, UC Berkeley. Linguistics and gesture for content, speech act, epistemic, metalinguistic.
  • Vera Tobin. Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science, Case Western Reserve University. Linguistics, irony, storytelling frames. Currently, our irony team is working with material from Red Hen to develop robust, flexible, and sustainable schemes for soliciting sarcasm judgments, both for annotating multimodal data and in psycholinguistic experimental design. As part of this project, we are working on Rapid Annotator to make it easier to deploy and use in a variety of environment and on a variety of data types. We are interested in the effects of paralinguistic, gestural, postural, and other elements of the (presented) discourse situation on observers' judgments about when and whether speakers are being sarcastic.
  • Yao Tong. PhD candidate at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Research interests: metaphor studies, co-speech gestures, corpus linguistics, and cognitive linguistics. Her PhD project focuses on co-speech gestures depicting literal versus metaphorical actions using a corpus-analytical approach.
  • Sergiy Turchyn. Graduate student at Case Western Reserve University, working with Soumya Ray on using machine learning for gesture recognition in videos.
  • Donald Peyton Turner.   A senior at Shaker Heights High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, during 2013 who completed his Senior Project working in the Red Hen Lab.
  • Mark Turner.  Institute Professor and Professor of Cognitive Science, Case Western Reserve University. Linguistics, Multimodal Communication, Media, Story, Blending, Blended Joint Attention, Pedagogy.
  • Peter Uhrig, Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Instituts für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. Works on tree-based syntactical search engines.
  • Javier Valenzuela. Tenured Professor, Department of English Studies at the University of Murcia (Spain). Empirical validations of cognitive linguistics (using psycholinguistic experimentation and corpora); multimodal construction grammar; frame semantics; sensorimotor basis of abstract thought; emotion. As mentioned in Cristóbal's profile, we are studying time-related co-speech gestures in Red Hen; we are interested in developing automatized recognition of gesture and other visual patterns and improving the linguistic tools of Red Hen. Javier is PI of the project on time expressions in language and gesture, funded by a grant from the Séneca Foundation of the Regional Government of Murcia, Spain.
  • Andrew Wilson, Professor of the Archaeology of the Roman Empire, University of Oxford. Interested in multimodal communication in the ancient world.
  • Jacek Woźny, associate professor at the Institute for English Studies of the University of Wroclaw, Poland. A cognitive linguist, also a theoretical physicist (inactive). Interested in cognitive exploration of mathematics, corpora, set theory, categorization, mereology, linguistic force-dynamics, motion events. Founded and maintains capture of data in Polish and Czech.
  • Matt Tianfu WuResearch Assistant Professor of Statistics, UCLA. Works on 3D modeling of social scenes in collaboration with the Center for Vision, Cognition, Learning and Autonomy at UCLA.
  • Miriam Zegarac. Undergraduate student at Case Western Reserve University, working on linguistic constructions like "The thing is, . . . " "Problem is, . . ."
  • Xi-Jin Zhang. Doctoral student at Tsinghua University, see blog. Red Hen Google Summer of Code student summer 2016, working on computational approaches to Classical and Medieval art.
  • Elisabeth Zima. Postdoctoral fellow at Freiburg University. Interested in multimodal construction grammar, motion constructions, and mental simulation theory
  • Max Zimon. Undergraduate student at Case Western Reserve University, working with Vera Tobin on tools for frequency matching and looking at irony combining data from Red Hen (and other corpora) with data from behavioral experiments.