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About Me:

For as long as I can remember, I've loved language. As a child, I'd lock myself in the bathroom with a book and hide from my mom. When I got to college I learned about linguistics, and in short order I'd changed my major. During my undergraduate work I was able to learn Spanish as a volunteer in Argentina and Portuguese on a study abroad in Lisbon.

I took a computational linguistics course early in my major, and soon realized the power that modern technology can bring to other disciplines. After that first taste of CS, I was hooked, earning a minor in Digital Humanities and a Master's degree in Computer and Information Technology from the University of Pennsylvania. My areas of focus include Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing. I'm especially interested in applying these technologies in new domains and contexts.

As for my hobbies, I also love music. I enjoy singing and playing piano, and I like the intersection of music and deep learning. When I'm not working on my digital projects, you can find me in the kitchen trying new recipes, on a run in the city, in my garden tending to my succulents, or on an adventure with my wife.

Photo of Me and my wife

Some of my Projects: (most with demos!)

  • I made a translator that translates Modern English to Middle English. Try it out!
  • I trained a Denoising Diffusion model from scratch to generate virtual pets. There's an interactive demo as well as a blog post.
  • I created CreatureGen, a human-in-the-loop AI pipeline for generating Magic the: Gathering cards. You can check out examples on the Twitter.
  • I created ColorpAI, a classifier that determines the color of a Magic the: Gathering card based on its text. Try the interface.
  • I mapped every verse in the Bible based on its meaning, and turned it into an interactive graph. You can also check out the blog post.
  • I used stylometry to sort the Federalist Papers by author, and made an interactive visualization tool. Check it out!
  • I used GPT-3 to write some poetry in Eighteenth-century style.
  • I made an AI-powered concordance of the Standard Works of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Try it over here!
  • I built the website we're on from scratch.

Academic Presentations and Papers:

  • Assessing Verbal Eyewitness Confidence Statements Using a Natural Language Processing Approach
    Rachel Greenspan, Alex Lyman, Paul Heaton, Psychological Science, (Feb 2024)
  • Mimicking Persuasive Conversational Dynamics with Language Models
    Rylee Albrecht, Alex Lyman, Sam Vance, Session Winner, BYU SRC (Feb 2024)
  • Assessing Verbal Eyewitness Confidence Statements Using a Natural Language Processing Approach
    Rachel Greenspan, Alex Lyman, Paul Heaton, Annual Conference of the American Psychology-Law Society (March 2023)
  • Stylometric Authorship Inference Using Consensus Networks
    Alex Lyman, FAIR conference (August 2021)
  • Quantifying Fiction Writing using Machine Learning
    Alex Lyman, University of Utah Student Conference in Linguistics (April 2019)