Hi, I’m Arya. I help researchers see the stories in numbers.

I am a first-year Ph.D. student in computer science (CS) at Johns Hopkins University, affiliated with the Center for Language and Speech Processing. I am advised by David Yarowsky, with whom I work on low-resource translation. My research interests are computational linguistics, machine translation, and network science.

I completed my M.S. in CS, as well as a B.S. in CS and math, in my four years at Southern Methodist University. I was a President’s Scholar, SMU’s highest academic scholarship. My thesis advisor was David Matula. My continuing research with him involves applications of the hierarchical Maximum Concurrent Flow Problem for stable, mathematically motivated hierarchical clustering. I conducted additional work in ubiquitous computing, computational neuroscience, security, optics, and high-energy particle physics.


  • 2018-07: I’ll be at the SIAM Annual Meeting in Portland, presenting work on clustering evaluation measures.
  • 2018-05: I’m attending MTMA 2018 at CMU, working on continued training

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In my spare time (hah), I enjoy:

  • bagpiping
  • ballroom dancing
  • biking—I have a 1982 Schwinn Le Tour that I maintain.
  • learning languages through Duolingo (currently Romanian, rather unique among Romance tongues)
  • reading xkcd—and now PHD Comics

Picture of the Schwinn that got stolen, not the new one in Baltimore. U-bolt locks are your friend.

Contact me

[first name]@jhu.edu