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Ayla Taylor (She/her)


Currently living in

Waltham, Massachusetts, US

Willing to relocate

Work Preferences


Open to roles

InternshipShort Term ContractLong Term Employee

About Me

Natural Language ProcessingLinguisticsComputational LinguisticsActuallyAutistic

I just graduated from a computational linguistics MS program and am looking for work in NLP! I have been fascinated by linguistics since I was a child, studying it in undergrad, and later I discovered my interest in programming, so I combined the two.

Ideal Workplace Values

I want to work at a company where I am able to do work on interesting projects and create something useful. I want to be able to be creative with my work and experiment, but still have an overall goal to work towards. I also want to create something that would actually help people, and not violate their privacy or anything like that.

My Badges

Skills and Strengths

My Neuro-exceptional talent

I can focus really intensely on a particular project or concept and I will look at it from all directions, including ones that other people miss. I am good at coming up with unusual solutions and making connections that other people miss.

Technical Skills

Top 5 Soft Skills

Strategic ThinkingLogical ReasoningWillingness to learnFriendlinessWilling to try new things

Inclusion Essentials


Send Questions in AdvanceWritten interview instructionsTask ManagementCommunication PlanWritten ChecklistsReceiving Information in AdvanceWritten InstructionsFlexible ScheduleMeditation / Quiet RoomNoise-cancelling HeadphonesJob CoachingSupport with Self-Advocacy

Environments I'm comfortable with

Driving a vehicle
Bright or blinking lights
Loud noises
Outdoors or places with strong smells
Working with animals
Working with food
Interaction with the public
Heavy lifting
Standing for long periods
Variable temperatures
Uniforms (hard hat, hair net, etc.)


Check out my work

Worked for 4 months from Feb 2022 to May 2022

Contract Linguist - Textio

Temporary contract for annotation and providing feedback on annotation guidelines and task parameters

Linguistic Annotation
Worked for 1 years, 0 months from Jun 2021 to May 2022

research assistant - Brandeis University Lab for Linguistics and Computation

- Creating a domain-agnostic semantic ontology in collaboration with Dr. James Pustejovsky based on Generative Lexicon theory - Researched ontologies such as VerbNet, SIMPLE, SUMO and others, to improve our ontology - Extracted data from corpora using the Sketch Engine API and manipulated with Pandas

PythonHuggingFace transformerspandasPytorch
Worked for 1 years, 3 months from Apr 2019 to Jul 2020

Data Specialist / Annotation Developer - TekSystems

- Supported Semantic Machines team in scaling of virtual assistant for MS Outlook from proof of concept to near launch - Annotated crowdsourced utterances for event and relation information using proprietary annotation system - Helped expand proprietary annotation system by developing new schemas and NLG templates - Developed training materials and trained annotators on specialized annotation tasks - Created classification systems for ASR errors and improved error identification pipeline - Most work was done on very specific proprietary software and annotation systems, which is why there aren't more hard skills listed

PythonGitHubpower bi
Worked for 10 months from Oct 2017 to Jul 2018

Data Analyst - Doxo

- Automated de-duplication and cleaning of large database using Python and Ruby - Extracted information from websites using BeautifulSoup and updated database - Developed system to update database with fewer errors going forward

Worked for 2 years, 8 months from Oct 2012 to May 2015

research assistant - University of Pennsylvania Infant Language Lab

- Annotated and analyzed child directed speech - Created experimental stimuli and analyzed data, using Excel, Python and R - Created and designed eye tracker experiments for independent project - Analyzed waveforms and spectrograms for phonetic features in Praat

PythonUNIX ShellMicrosoft ExcelShell scriptpraat

Education and Credentials

Attended for 2 years from 2020 to 2022

Brandeis University

Master's degree - Computational Linguistics

Attended for 4 years from 2011 to 2015

University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor's degree - Linguistics