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Rutu Mulkar-Mehta

Part-Time Lecturer - Seattle

Contact

Office Location

Northeastern University—Seattle
401 Terry Ave N., Suite 103
Seattle, WA 98109

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Rutu Mulkar-Mehta, 109 SEA
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Education

  • PhD in Computer Science (NLP), University of Southern California
  • MSCS, University of Southern California
  • BS in Computer Engineering, Gujarat University – India

Biography

Professor Rutu Mulkar-Mehta teaches courses in Artificial Intelligence and Information Retrieval at Northeastern University. She is the founder of an Artificial Intelligence based technology company called Ticary Solutions, that helps computers understand human language. Dr. Mulkar-Mehta earned her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Gujarat University, and her Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Her specialization is in Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing.  Dr. Mulkar-Mehta runs the Natural Language Processing Meetup group for the greater Seattle area. She is very passionate about increasing the representation of women in technology, and works hard towards bridging the gap.

Field of research/teaching

  • Natural Language Processing
  • Artificial Intelligence

What is your research focus?

I work on helping computers understand human language. The current state of the art in the space of artificial intelligence and machine learning has made huge strides in matching patterns but the true understanding of language and commonsense knowledge is missing. I work in this space to fill the gaps to enable true language understanding.

What courses/subjects do you teach?

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Information Retrieval

What do you enjoy most or find most rewarding about what you teach?

I have been told that I am a tough taskmaster and a perfectionist. I am a strong believer in learning by doing and always try to push my students to apply their theoretical skills to practical applications and implementations.

Where did you grow up or spend your most defining years?

South Korea, India and Singapore.

What are the specifics of your industry experience?

I run a tech consultancy called Ticary Solutions for custom corporate solutions in NLP and AI space.