Subha Vadlamannati is a High School Junior, founder of LJL and Board member of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) and Youth Board Member of Invest in Youth. Subha has been working at the intersection of Data Science, NLP and ML, earning her a Society of Women Engineers Next (SWE) STEM in Action award, National Center for Women and Technology Aspire as well Impact awards and a publication in the Journal of Student Research. She volunteers at several local nonprofit organizations offering STEM after-school programs. She observed that only a fraction of the kids could take advantage of the programs she offered because of a lack of English skills. She wanted to provide these kids, mainly refugees and immigrants, with content they could use to accelerate their English learning. The languages they spoke were considered “low-resource” languages that lacked learning material and bilingual teachers. She wanted to create bilingual content that could be leveraged by kids and their families with minimal support from external sources. She realized that this could only be done at scale by leveraging technologies such as Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing.
Dr. Ali Farghaly is a professor of Linguistics and NLP with international teaching experience and publications. He taught undergraduate and graduate linguistics and NLP courses in Africa, Asia, and the United States. His students came from almost every country in the world, and he loves the diversity of them.
Dr. Felix Laumann is the CEO of NeuralSpace, a NLP startup focusing on low-resource languages. He is also a PhD researcher at Imperial College London who deeply cares about bringing essential technology to every person on this planet.
Mehar Bhatia is an Applied Research Scientist at NeuralSpace, where she is working on understanding the disparity between research and deployment for low resource languages and developing technologies to mitigate the gap (‘Language Technologies for All’).
Dr. Ravi Shekhar is a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Queen Mary University of London, UK. His work focuses on improving NLP technology for low-resource languages. He loves working with a diverse group of people to make NLP techniques available to the public.
Dr. Naresh Yallapragada, Ph.D. is an Operations and Supply Chain Executive in the Healthcare industry.
Growing up in India, Naresh was raised in a multi-lingual environment. He is an engineer by training and understands the importance of STEM education. Over the past 20 years, he volunteered for several non-profit organizations in the areas of Youth Empowerment & Stress Management.
Ellenore Angelidis is the founder and Board President of the Open Hearts Big Dreams Fund which is focused on increasing educational opportunities, through focusing on literacy, leadership, innovation, and inclusion projects, for kids in Ethiopia, her daughter’s birth country. She is also the founder and CEO of L.E.A.D., LLC, a consulting company focused on negotiation, innovation and leadership. Previously, as a 13 year employee of Amazon from 2005-2018, Ellenore Angelidis was part of the company’s growth. Her last role was Director Kindle Content Risk Management. She was also Amazon’s first Global Director of Diversity. Previously, she had business, product and legal roles for Amazon in Seattle, Luxembourg, and Paris. Prior to Amazon, she received her legal start at the Chicago firm of Baker & McKenzie. Ellenore Angelidis received her J.D. from the University of Chicago and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago.
Chief Technologist - EduLang
Eshaan Barkataki is a rising sophomore at High Technology High School. After he started coding at the age of 5, he took interest in Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Robotics, and frontend development. His projects include building a program that controls a computer using hand signs, building a Raspberry Pi robot that is controlled by computer and sends video feed, and creating a Neural Network and Automatic Differentiation from scratch in C++. Currently, he is creating a productivity app using React and Ionic and a program to automatically generate robotic designs.
Xiao has years of industrial experience in speech and audio processing, especially speech acoustics and voice quality. He once supported many voice assistant products getting launched, from Meta and Huawei. Now, he is a postgraduate student studying Speech and Language Processing at TCD, Ireland. Currently, he is endeavoring to make next-gen CAPT (Computer-Assisted Pronunciation Training) and speech products more fantastic.
Developer/ ML & NLP
William is a motivated high school junior with a passion for machine learning and front-end web development. He has worked quite a bit with natural language processing, including optimizing a GPT2 model for lower-end devices and fine tuning it for possible use in story generation. He also has created many fullstack apps and Discord bots, one of which has over 80000 active users. He is experienced with NodeJS, Python, Java, Julia, HTML/CSS/JS, and shell scripting.
Front End Developer
Lealem is a high school student who is a curious and deep learner. He is passionate about computer architecture, algorithms, and basically anything that involves strong Math dimensions. He currently works on front-end development and is comfortable with HTML/CSS/JS and MERN stack.
I am halfway through earning a Bachelor’s at UCSD in linguistics and data science, which I hope will allow me to preserve the languages of the world and help people learn new languages.
Full Stack Developer
I have 8 years of experience in the IT field and 4 years of experience working with Python (backend). I have worked in the financial area, public management, retail, etc.
Developer (Front End)
I’m studying Computer Science at Texas A&M University. I have experience in Front-end web development using ReactJS and React Native. I am also familiar with HTML and CSS.
Ady Aruan, have an interest in languages and want to be able to help people learn the language according to the language they want to learn and deepen, especially English as a world language. Specifically, I am someone who has an interest in the field of UI/UX Design and would like to be able to help people who want to learn languages through Visual and User Experiences that can be easily accepted by everyone/
Natalya Franchi, is a UX designer pursuing a MS degree in Interactive Media and Communications with a concentration in UX design. I care about the LJL and its mission because I am a Ukrainian immigrant myself and know how much confidence and possibilities progressing in a new language brings.
Machine Learning/NLP Scientist
and Graphic Designer
Eugene Ryu is studying machine learning and wants to be a machine learning engineer. Her major interest is Natural Language Processing, AI for social good, and Explainable AI.
Developer (ML/ NLP)
NLP researcher and an experienced software developer. Passionate about language technologies for low resource languages.
Developer (ML/ NLP)
Tanisha earned a Bachelor’s degree in computer science with a data science specialization. She is enthusiastic about ML and NLP. Coming from a multi-lingual family, she understands the importance of helping speakers of low-resource languages learn English.
Developer (ML/ NLP)
I am Nayana H. Working as a Test Automation Engineer .I am good at breaking software and finding bugs and eventually making it a great software. I live in the beautiful and busy city,Atlanta,GA. I always wish to help kids and education.So here I am to give my best of my knowledge and contribute in upbringing kids who need help. As a technology enthusiast I am ready to learn new technology and contribute to the community.
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