Contact information

Phone: 217-244-6187

Email: spbhat 2 at illi nois dot edu

Address: 1308 W. Main St., Urbana, IL 61801 (322 CSL)


I am an assistant professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and am part of the Coordinated Science Laboratory. I am an affiliate faculty member in the department of Educational Psychology, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the Center for Social and Behavioral Science.

My research interests span the areas of natural language processing, human-computer interaction, learning analytics and biomedical language processing.

I work on problems that arise while building intelligent machines that can tackle the  challenges of  understanding human language. These include the design of computational methods to process idiosyncratic and creative linguistic phenomena that are inherent in natural language or biomedical language. A second component of my research is to direct advances in natural language processing (NLP) and data science towards enhancing user experience in human-technology interaction settings.  In other words, I am interested in answering the following two different but broadly related questions: `How do we enable machines to understand the nuances of human language?’ and `How can we use advances in NLP and data science to enhance user experience in various scenarios of human-technology interaction?’

Note for prospective graduate students: I truly enjoy mentoring and advising graduate students. However, my decision to admit a student is a function of the applicant pool and my funding situation. This usually results in admitting either 0 or 1 student every year.  Currently, I don’t have summer internship positions in my lab.

If you are a graduate or undergraduate student and you are writing to me expecting me to reply,  please include “INTR” in your subject so that your email doesn’t land in my spam folder and I know that you have read this.