Hello! My name is Naomi and I am a first-year Ph.D. student in Computational Linguistics at the University of Washington. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, I received an M.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.

On the computational side, my research interests lie at the intersection of natural and artificial linguistic intelligence. I enjoy projects that creatively combine these areas—namely, language technology that is informed by linguistic insights, and NLP/machine learning systems that shed light on language.

Within formal linguistics, I am drawn to syntax and phonology. I am also interested in psycholinguistics, particularly with respect to sentence processing and language as it relates to other cognitive capacities.


research interests
Computational linguistics / NLP, syntax, phonology, language and cognition
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
PhD in Computational Linguistics, in progress

Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
MS in Symbolic Systems, June 2016
Thesis: A language modeling and constraint-based approach to compound segmentation

University of Washington, Seattle, WA
BA in Linguistics and Communication with Honors, December 2011
Thesis: Language in cognitive economy
Shapiro, Naomi Tachikawa, Joshua Falk, Kati Kiiskinen, and Arto Anttila. Forthcoming. FinnSyll: A Finnish syllabifier. Technical report. [Python package:]

Anttila, Arto and Naomi Tachikawa Shapiro. 2017. The interaction of stress and syllabification: Parallel or serial? Proceedings of the 34th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 34), Salt Lake City, UT.

Naomi Tachikawa Shapiro. 2016. Splitting compounds with ngrams. Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2016): Technical papers, Osaka, Japan, 630–640.
Shapiro, Naomi Tachikawa. 2016. A language modeling and constraint-based approach to compound segmentation. Symbolic Systems Forum, Symbolic Systems Program, Stanford University. 23 May 2016.

Shapiro, Naomi Tachikawa. 2016. Finnish compound segmentation. Phonetics and Phonology Workshop, Department of Linguistics, Stanford University. 8 April 2016.
research assistantships
Assistant to Akira Omaki, September 2017 – Present
University of Washington
Researching filler-gap dependencies via eye-tracking.

Assistant to Arto Anttila, January 2015 – September 2015; June 2016 – Present
Stanford University
Researching Finnish and English phonotactics via computational methods. Building and maintaining websites for annotation and research.
teaching assistantships
SYMSYS 100 Minds and Machines, Autumn Quarter 2015
Instructors: Daniel Lassiter, Thomas Icard. Stanford University.

Python bootcamp, June 2014 – July 2014
Instructor: Cris Ewing. Code Fellows, LLC.
professional experience
Lead Backend Engineer, June 2014 – December 2014
Venyooz, Inc., Santa Monica, CA

Production Engineer, March 2012 – March 2013
Wavii, Inc., Seattle, WA (acquired by Google in April 2013)

Beginner / Intermediate
Japanese, Modern Hebrew
Python, JavaScript, Ruby, HTML/CSS

Django, Flask, Rails, Node.js, Bootstrap

LaTeX, Markdown

PostgreSQL, MongoDB