Hi! I’m Aida. I’m a second-year Ph.D. student in computer science at the University of Toronto supervised by Professor Yang Xu. I’m interested in Natural Language Processing, Computational Social Science, Computational Linguistics, and Machine Learning. My Ph.D. is focused on moral change inference from text. In my research, I develop computational methods to better understand the relations between the changes in natural language and moral values.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Toronto, September 2020 – Present
  • B.S. in Computer Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, September 2016 - July 2020

Research interests

  • Natural Language Processing
  • Computational Social Science
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Machine Learning

Publications

  • Ramezani, A., Stellar, J.E., Feinberg, M., and Xu, Y. Evolution of moral semantics through metaphorization. In Proceedings of the 44th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. pdf

  • Ramezani, A., Liu, E., Ferreira Pinto Jr., R., Lee, S., Xu, Y. The emergence of moral foundations in child language development. In Proceedings of the 44th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. pdf

  • Ramezani, A., Zhu, Z., Rudzicz, F., and Xu, Y. An unsupervised framework for tracing textual sources of moral change. Findings of the Association for Computational Linguistics: EMNLP 2021. pdf

Awards

  • Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society Graduate Fellowship, 2021 - 2022.
  • Iran’s National Elites Foundation: Recognized as elite member, 2016 – 2020.