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Kathleen McCoy

Kathleen McCoy

Department Chair
101 J Smith Hall
Newark, Delaware 19716
P: 302-831-2711
mccoy@udel.edu

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EDUCATION

PhD | Dept. of Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania, 1985.
MS | Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania, 1982.
BS | Magna Cum Laude in Computer and Information Sciences, University of Delaware, 1980.

SHORT BIO

Kathleen F. McCoy is a Professor and Chair of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Delaware with primary interest in Artificial Intelligence, Computational Linguistics/Natural Language Generation, and Accessibility for People with Disabilities. McCoy received her PhD and MS Degrees in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania, and her BS Degree in Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Delaware where she returned as a faculty member in 1985. From 2000-2009 she served as the Director of UD’s Center for Applied Science and Engineering in Rehabilitation. She has served in leadership roles in the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), and in the conference series for the International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. McCoy spent a sabbatical year (2015-2016) and continues to consult for the National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) which is part of the Administration for Community Living in the US Department of Health and Human Services. In this capacity, she served as Co-Chair of the Interagency Committee on Disability Research Subcommittee on Assistive Technology. McCoy received the University of Delaware Excellence in Teaching Award in May 1997, the University of Delaware Excellence in Advising Award in May 2001, and the College of Arts and Science Outstanding Advisor Award in May 2003. McCoy has extensively served the University of Delaware community, including as the President of the University of Delaware Chairs Caucus Steering Committee.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  1. “Multimodal Deep Learning using Images and Text for Information Graphic Classification”, Edward Kim and Kathleen F. McCoy. In Proceedings of the 20th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2018, pp. 143 — 148, October 22-24, 2018,Galway, Ireland. Best Paper Award nominee.
  2. “Topic Model Stability for Hierarchical Summarization”, John Miller and Kathleen McCoy. To appear in Proceedings of the EMNLP2017 Workshop on New Frontiers in Summarization, Copenhagen, Denmark, September, 2017.
  3. “Enabling text readability awareness during the micro planningn phase of NLG applications”, Priscilla Moraes, Kathleen McCoy, and Sandra Carberry. In Proceedings of the 9th International Natural Language Generation Conference, pages 121-131, Edinburgh, Scotland, September, 2016. http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/InteractionLab/INLG2016/proceedings/pdf/INLG21.pdf

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