Rashmi Prasad, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

[Image] Rashmi Prasad

Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6459
Phone: (414) 229-7104
Fax: (414) 229-5100


Health Informatics & Administration


  • Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2003
  • M.A., Linguistics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, 1994
  • B.A., Economics, Delhi University, Delhi, 1991

Speaker Topics

  • Natural Language Processing
  • Applications of Natural Language Processing to the Biomedical and Clinical Domains
  • Discourse Processing
  • Natural Language Generation
  • Linguistic Annotation of Corpora

Interests & Expertise

Dr. Prasad’s primary research interest lies in discourse-level natural language interpretation and generation, applied to the biomedical and healthcare domain. She is particularly interested in the identification and extraction of deep and complex inferences about events and situations mentioned in text, using a combination of rule-driven and machine learning techniques. Specific topics of Dr. Prasad current and past research include shallow discourse parsing, sentence planning for generation, interpretation and generation of discourse anaphora, and question generation from multi-sentential texts. Dr. Prasad has also worked extensively on developing linguistic knowledge resources for natural language processing, including grammars for parsing, and annotated corpora for a wide range of linguistic phenomena in multiple domains, including part-of-speech tagging, phrase structure constituency, speech acts, and discourse relations.

Recent Publications

Fan, J. W., Wang, E. W., Jiang, M., Prasad, R., Loomis, R. M., Zisook, D. S., Denny, J. C., Xu, H., & Huang, Y. (2013). Syntactic parsing of clinical text: guideline development and corpus development with handling ill-formed sentences.  Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association [Epub ahead of print].

Sharma, H., Dakwale, P., Sharma, D. M., Prasad, R., & Joshi, A. (2013). Assessment of Different Workflow Strategies for Annotating Discourse Relations: A Case Study with HDRB. In E. Gelbukh & R. Alexander (Eds.), Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, (Vol. 7816, pp. 523-532). Samos, Greece: Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

Polepalli-Ramesh, B., Prasad, R., Miller, T., Harrington, B., & Yu, H. (2012). Automatic discourse connective detection in biomedical text. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, June 28, [Epub ahead of print].

Kolachina, S., Prasad, R., Sharma, D. M., & Joshi, A. (2012). Evaluation of Discourse Relation Annotation in the Hindi Discourse Relation Bank. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, Istanbul, Turkey, May 21-27, pp. 823-828.

Bunt, H., Prasad, R., & Joshi, A. (2012). First Steps Towards an ISO Standard for Annotating Discourse Relations. Proceedings of the Joint ISA-7, SRSL-3, and I2MRT LREC 2012 Workshop on Semantic Annotation and the Integration and Interoperability of Multimodal Resources and Tools, Istanbul, Turkey, May 26-27, pp. 60-69.

Prasad, R., McRoy, S., Frid, N., Joshi, A., & Yu, H. (2011). The Biomedical Discourse Relation Bank. BMC BioInformatics, 12, 188

Fan, J.-W., Prasad, R., Yabut, R., Loomis, R., Zisook, D., Mattison, J., & Huang, Y. (2011, October). Part-of-speech Tagging for Clinical Texts: Wall or Bridge Between Institutions? Proceedings of AMIA 35th Annual Symposium on Biomedical and Health Informatics, Improving Health: Informatics and IT Changing the World. Washington, DC.

Mannem, P., Prasad, R., & Joshi, A. (2010, June). Question Generation from Paragraphs at UPenn: QGSTEC System Description. Proceedings of the Third Workshop on Question Generation (QG2010), Pittsburgh.

Prasad, R., Joshi, A., & Webber, B. (2010, May). Exploiting Scope for Shallow Discourse Parsing. Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2010), Valletta, Malta.

Lee, A., Prasad, R., Joshi, A., & Webber, B. (2008, July-August). Departures from Tree Structures in Discourse: Shared Arguments in the Penn Discourse Treebank. Proceedings of the Constraints in Discourse III Workshop, Potsdam, Germany.

Yu, H., Frid, N., McRoy, S., Prasad, R., Lee, A., & Joshi, A. (2008, June). A Pilot Annotation to Investigate Discourse Connectivity in Biomedical Text. Proceedings of the ACL:HLT 2008 BioNLP Workshop, Columbus, Ohio.

Prasad, R., Dinesh, N., Lee, A., Miltsakaki, E., Robaldo, L., Joshi, A., & Webber, B. (2008, May). The Penn Discourse Treebank 2.0. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2008), Marrakech, Morocco.

Walker, M., Stent, A., Mairesse, F., & Prasad, R. (2007). Individual and Domain Adaptation in Sentence Planning for Dialogue. Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR), 30, 413-456

Prasad, R., Dinesh, N., Lee, A., Joshi, A., & Webber, B. (2007). Attribution and its Annotation in the Penn Discourse TreeBank. Traitement Automatique des Langues, Special Issue on Computational Approaches to Document and Discourse, 47(2).