Mark Dras's Home Page


pic of me

This photo is from 2014, visiting the castle in Heidelberg while on sabbatical at the University of Tübingen. I'm pondering either the legacy of Count Carl von Graimberg, or the hot chocolate to come shortly.

CONTACT DETAILS

addr: Department of Computing
Macquarie University
North Ryde NSW 2109
Australia
email: mark.dras AT mq . edu . au
room: 4 Research Park Drive (also known as the BD building), level 2, room 208
phone: (I don't currently have a phone reconnected after an office move)

Workwise, I'm an associate professor in the Department of Computing of Macquarie University, in Sydney, Australia. Before that, I was a research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Institute for Research in Cognitive Science.

RESEARCH

I work in natural language processing (NLP) / language technology / computational linguistics, and am a member of the Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing research group.

Specifically, I've worked on (among other things) native language identification, machine translation, natural language generation, and sentiment analysis (with a focus on how sentiment affects language choices). Some related info:

Other research-related activities:

I'm the Department of Computing's director of Higher Degree Research (i.e. PhD and research masters) students.

TEACHING

In semester 1, 2019, I'll be teaching

  • COMP225 Algorithms and Data Structures [Handbook | Unit Guide]
  • COMP783 Data Science and Machine Learning / ITEC873 Machine Learning [Handbook | Unit Guide] (note that the topics this year are more advanced than the Handbook indicates)
In semester 2, 2019, I'll be teaching
  • COMP777 Computing Methods for Research [Handbook | Unit Guide]
  • sessions for PhD students and for Master of Research year 2 students, related to the programme's activities.

I've taught a range of units over the years. I also think it's useful for students to know something about what their teachers are likely to be like. As one source of information, there's the sporadic appearance of the Alternative Calendar, but computing units are hardly ever mentioned there, and it usually sounds as if there's only ever a couple of (disgruntled) respondants. So, in case you're thinking of taking a class with me, here's a link to evaluations for several of my units.

OTHER

Some non-work things.

I'm a member of Macquarie's Ally Network.



Last updated 16 June 2018