Zachary Levonian     

PhD Candidate
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Minnesota
   levon003 at umn dot edu

My research lies at the intersection of social computing and natural language processing. I am interested in the way humans communicate with and support one another online. I am advised by Professors Lana Yarosh and Loren Terveen.

What's New

Social Support in Online Health Communities

Online social support groups are important places for patients and caregivers to seek information, express themselves, and exchange support. We are collaborating with CaringBridge, a prominent online community for writing about and sharing personal health journeys, to study these online health communities. Our current work investigates how patients manage transitions during their personal health journeys. Publications accepted to [ICWSM 2020] and under review at [TOCHI].

Air Traffic Control

I worked with a research team at The MITRE Corporation to create real-time safety monitoring systems for air traffic control towers. These systems utilize automatic speech recognition to detect radio misunderstandings. This work was presented at [DASC 2015] and [ATM 2017]. I also received a fellowship through MITRE's Early Career Research Program to explore natural language understanding of air traffic controller and pilot radio transmissions.

Google Scholar profile
It has been my pleasure to work and research with:
    Hannah Miller Hillberg (UW Oshkosh)
    Shuo Chen (MITRE CAASD)
    Robert Tarakan (MITRE CAASD)
    Mike Wittie (Montana State University)
    Sherri Goings (Carleton College)
    Renata Fitzpatrick (Carleton College)
    ...and many others to follow!


In my spare time, I visit Minneapolis' many fine breweries and see weird indie shows. I have competed in exactly one curling tournament, where I was laughed at by a former olympian.

I go by Zach or Zachary and my preferred pronouns are he/his/him.

This page last edited on January 24th, 2020.