Nancy McCracken

Research Associate Professor

njmccrac@syr.edu
322 Hinds Hall
(315) 443-3955

Dr. McCracken is currently a Research Associate Professor who also teaches courses in the iSchool.  Her general research interests are in applying the principles and tools of computational linguistics to making information accessible and understandable for people.  Recent research projects includes a study of the language patterns of using Twitter to engage in politics and an NSF funded project for using natural language processing and machine learning to assist social scientists in content analysis of text.

 

Dr. McCracken was formerly in the Center for Natural Language Processing where she was a project leader supervising research teams for government grants and business contracts.  Past positions also include being a research scientist at the Northeast Parallel Architectures Center at Syracuse University, specializing in parallel computing languages, and as faculty in the School of Computer and Information Science at Syracuse University.

Interests

Research Interests

Dr. McCracken’s general research interests are in applying the principles and tools of computational linguistics to making information accessible and understandable for people.  She has participated in a wide variety of natural language processing (NLP) applications through her experience at the Center for Natural Language Processing (CNLP), including information extraction, question answering, information retrieval, knowledge representation and semantic role labeling.

Dr. McCracken’s past research results include new methods for machine learning for NLP, for which work she received a Best Paper Award from the IEA/AIE conference in 2008.   She recently served as the PI on a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services with CNLP to develop software for metadata extraction of museum and library materials. 

Dr. McCracken is currently the PI on an NSF funded project for using natural language processing and machine learning to assist social scientists in content analysis of text.  A second current research area is looking at language in social media and particularly looked at the language patterns of using Twitter to mobilize people to engage in politics

Areas of Research:  Computational Linguistics;  Data Mining;  Machine Learning;  Analysis of Language in Social Media; Knowledge Representation;  Information Extraction;  Information Retrieval;  Applications of Natural Language Processing


Teaching Interests

Dr. McCracken’s teaching focuses on natural language processing, data mining for enterprise applications, and information retrieval.  She has developed curriculum for and taught an introductory course in computer programming for undergraduates.  She has also recently developed a course in Mining Social Media Data and is currently teaching a Scripting Applications Workshop.


Professional Interests

Personal Interests

Outdoor activities include hiking, biking and morris dancing.  Indoor activities include culinary and fabric arts.

Teaching History

SemesterNumberSectionTitleSyllabus
Spring 2015IST400M005Mining Social Media Data
Spring 2015IST600M005Mining Social Media Data
Spring 2015IST256M005Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Fall 2014IST664M001Natural Language Processing
Fall 2014IST400M008Natural Language Processing
Spring 2014IST400M005Mining Social Media Data
Spring 2014IST600M005Mining Social Media Data
Spring 2014IST256M005Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Fall 2013IST664M001Natural Language Processing
Fall 2013IST400M008Natural Language Processing
Summer 2013IST600M501Scripting Application Workshop
Spring 2013IST664M001Natural Language Processing
Spring 2013IST400M008Natural Language Processing
Fall 2012IST400M004Mining Social Media Data
Fall 2012IST600M001Mining Social Media Data
Spring 2012IST256M002Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Spring 2012IST256M003Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Fall 2011IST800M003ProSem: Information Retrieval
Fall 2011IST664M001Natural Language Processing
Fall 2011IST400M006Natural Language Processing
Fall 2011IST256M004Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Spring 2011IST256M002Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Spring 2011IST256M003Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Fall 2010IST256M001Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Fall 2010IST565M001Data Mining
Spring 2010IST256M001Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Spring 2010IST971M001Internship in Info Studies
Spring 2010IST971M003Internship in Info Studies
Spring 2010IST664M001Natural Language Processing
Spring 2010IST400M014Natural Language Processing
Fall 2009IST256M001Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Fall 2009IST971M002Internship in Info Studies
Fall 2009IST565M001Data Mining
Summer 2009IST971M002Internship in Info Studies
Spring 2009IST256M001Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Spring 2009IST971M001Internship in Info Studies
Spring 2009IST971M003Internship in Info Studies
Spring 2009IST664M001Natural Language Processing
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