Thamar Solorio Joins Department of Computer Science

Thamar Solorio Joins Department of Computer Science
Areas of Expertise: Natural Language Processing, Applied Machine Learning, Forensic Linguistics

Thamar SolorioWe are pleased to welcome Dr. Thamar Solorio to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Houston. She will join the department as an associate professor at the beginning of fall 2014.

Prior to joining UH, Solorio was an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Before that, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Texas at Dallas. Solorio received her Ph.D. and M.S. in computer science from the National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics, in Puebla, Mexico. Her B.S. is from the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Solorio’s research focuses on authorship analysis, language assessment from narratives, mixed-language processing in social media, and information extraction from clinical records and patient-generated data. Her addition to the computer science department will broaden our research and teaching portfolios in the area of natural language processing and data analytics. Her research background in authorship analysis will complement the exciting, ongoing research in the area of information assurance.

She has served as area chair for the Annual Meetings of the Association of Computational Linguistics, as a reviewer for several journals including Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Natural Language Engineering, and as a program committee member for more than 20 conferences. Her research is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of Naval Research.

Solorio recently received the prestigious NSF CAREER award for her research on authorship attribution.