Francis M. O. Ferraro

Where to Find Me:

Hackerman 321
Center for Language and Speech Processing
Department of Computer Science
Johns Hopkins University


ferraro [at] cs [dot] jhu [dot] edu

Greetings! I'm Francis Ferraro, a fourth-year grad student at Johns Hopkins University, but I prefer to go by Frank. My advisor is Ben Van Durme.

My CV is available as a PDF.

My research is focused on developing and evaluating probablistic models of complex events and situations. I've also done some work at the intersection of text and video, learning extended syntactic frames, and identifying and classifying referential language use. I began my research career with biomedical imaging and a little bit of complexity theory.

Teaching Highlights
Curriculum Vitae, Service and Honors

My CV is available as a PDF.


  • Secondary reviewer (semantics track), EMNLP 2012

Awards and Honors

  • CoSIDA Academic All-American: 2011
  • NSF Graduate Fellowship: 2011
  • NDSEG Fellowship: 2011 (Declined)
  • 2011 CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher: Finalist

University of Rochester

Department of Computer Science
Honors Bachelor of Science, with Highest Research Honors
Summa cum Laude
With Highest Distinction
Minor in Linguistics
May 2011

Department of Mathematics
Bachelor of Science
Summa cum Laude
With Highest Distinction
May 2011

My senior honors thesis was titled "Toward Improving the Automated Classification of Metonymy in Text Corpora" (PDF with slides, or find in my papers database). Len Schubert, Mary Swift and Dan Gildea comprised my thesis committee.

Brief Bio

I am originally from Niskayuna, NY, a suburb of Schenectady which is about 30 minutes north of Albany. I went to Niskayuna High School, where, in addition to my studies, I swam on the varsity team and played the viola for the Orchestra and Chamber Strings ensemble. Some highlights include beating our cross-town rivals in the section championships, winning the state championships and performing as a guest at an Empire State Youth Orchestra Playathon event. I got an opportunity to better my own skills and learn from professionals when, with my High School Orchestra, I performed with the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra.

At the University of Rochester, I was a member of the varsity swim and dive team throughout all four years. Over those four years I swam with a lot of great people and built some great bonds. As a team, we were able to win the Liberty League Championship two times, compete against some of the best D3 athletes in the nation while still having a lot of fun at the University Athletic Associaion (UAA) Championships (our primary, end-of-season championships).

Though I've used up my NCAA eligibility, I still can continue to compete (USA Master's Swimming). While I'll probably do that eventually, I'm taking time to do more unstructured training. I'm looking toward triathlons and trying to get more into running (probably long distance: half and full marathons) and biking. I'm also learning how to build bikes.

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