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Assistant Professor
E310 Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802
Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Maryland, 2011
M.S., Computer Science, University of Maryland, 2008
B.S., Computer Science, Virginia Tech, 2005
B.S., Mathematics, Virginia Tech, 2005
B.A., Philosophy, Virginia Tech, 2005

Dr. Shomir Wilson is an Assistant Professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland in 2011 and held postdoctoral positions in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science and the University of Edinburgh's School of Informatics. Prior to arriving at Penn State, he was an Assistant Professor in the EECS Department of the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Wilson's research interests span natural language processing (NLP), privacy, and artificial intelligence (AI). He is director of the Human Language Technologies Lab at Penn State and a member of the Usable Privacy Policy Project. His recent work with the project uses a combination of crowdsourcing, text classification, and machine learning to extract key details from the privacy policies of websites and mobile apps. He is also interested in computational discourse, particularly in the roles that metalanguage and typographic organization play in structuring text for readers. Additionally, he collaborates with researchers to apply NLP methods to a variety of problems.

Dr. Wilson has performed research or teaching activities at several universities abroad, including the Future University of Egypt (a week of guest lectures on AI ethics, 2018), the University of Edinburgh (NSF International Research Fellow, 2013-2014), the National University of Singapore (NSF EAPSI Singapore Fellow, 2010), and Macquarie University (NSF EAPSI Australia Fellow, 2009).

Dr. Wilson chaired a series of workshops on using AI and NLP to support privacy: Privacy and Language Technologies (PLT), a 2016 AAAI Fall Symposium; and Privacy-Enhancing Artificial Intelligence and Language Technologies (PAL), a 2019 AAAI Spring Symposium. He also regularly reviews for major conferences and journals in his field.

You can read more about his work and interests on his website.

Research Keywords
Natural Language Processing
Computational Social Science
Artificial Intelligence