Nancy McCracken

Research Associate Professor

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

Nancy McCracken - Curriculum Vitae

Dr. McCracken is 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 an NSF funded project for using natural language processing and machine learning to assist social scientists in content analysis of text, an NSF funded project for building a qualitative data repository and a study of the language patterns of using Twitter to engage in politics.

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 is currently the PI on an NSF funded project called Socio-Computational Qualitative Analysis (http://socqa.syr.edu/).  This project is building a tool based on NLP and the active learning paradigm to assist social scientists in content analysis of large quantities of text.  She has also joined an NSF funded project called the Qualitative Data Repository (https://qdr.syr.edu/) as the technical project leader.  This project is led by the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and is building an international data repository for qualitative research data, focusing initially on political science.

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 also 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.
 
Areas of Research:  Computational Linguistics;  Machine Learning;  Data Mining;  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, but also includes 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 has taught a Scripting Applications Workshop.



Personal Interests

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

Teaching History

SemesterCourseSectionTitleSyllabus
Fall 2014 IST664 M001Natural Language Processing
Fall 2014 IST400 M008Natural Language Processing
Spring 2014 IST400 M005Mining Social Media Data
Spring 2014 IST600 M005Mining Social Media Data
Spring 2014 IST256 M005Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Fall 2013 IST664 M001Natural Language Processing
Fall 2013 IST400 M008Natural Language Processing
Summer 2013 IST600 M501Scripting Application Workshop
Spring 2013 IST664 M001Natural Language Processing
Spring 2013 IST400 M008Natural Language Processing
Fall 2012 IST400 M004Mining Social Media Data
Fall 2012 IST600 M001Mining Social Media Data
Spring 2012 IST256 M002Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Spring 2012 IST256 M003Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Fall 2011 IST800 M003ProSem: Information Retrieval
Fall 2011 IST664 M001Natural Language Processing
Fall 2011 IST400 M006Natural Language Processing
Fall 2011 IST256 M004Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Spring 2011 IST256 M002Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Spring 2011 IST256 M003Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Fall 2010 IST256 M001Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Fall 2010 IST565 M001Data Mining
Spring 2010 IST256 M001Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Spring 2010 IST971 M001Internship in Info Studies
Spring 2010 IST971 M003Internship in Info Studies
Spring 2010 IST664 M001Natural Language Processing
Spring 2010 IST400 M014Natural Language Processing
Fall 2009 IST256 M001Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Fall 2009 IST971 M002Internship in Info Studies
Fall 2009 IST565 M001Data Mining
Summer 2009 IST971 M002Internship in Info Studies
Spring 2009 IST256 M001Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Spring 2009 IST971 M001Internship in Info Studies
Spring 2009 IST971 M003Internship in Info Studies
Spring 2009 IST664 M001Natural Language Processing

Nancy McCracken is the professor of record for these courses:

Course NumberTitle
IST256Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
IST664Natural Language Processing
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