Shomir Wilson

Shomir Jeffrey Wilson

Professional Summary

Shomir Wilson is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Cincinnati. His professional interests span pure and applied research in natural language processing, privacy, and artificial intelligence.

Shomir was previously a Project Scientist, a Postdoctoral Fellow, and a Lecturer in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science. A continuing focus of his work is the Usable Privacy Policy Project, an NSF-funded effort to use crowdsourcing, machine learning, and natural language processing to make websites' privacy practices understandable and actionable for internet users. He also spent a year as an NSF International Research Fellow in the University of Edinburgh's School of Informatics.

Shomir received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland in 2011. Twice during graduate school he was awarded fellowships from the NSF's East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes, which supported him as a visiting researcher at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and the National University of Singapore. He received bachelor's degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Philosophy from Virginia Tech in 2005.


B.S.: Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA, 2005 (Computer Science)

B.S.: Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA, 2005 (Mathematics)

B.A.: Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA, 2005 (Philosophy)

M.S.: University of Maryland College Park, MD, 2008 (Computer Science)

Ph.D.: University of Maryland College Park, MD, 2011 (Computer Science)

Research and Practice Interests

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My research brings together natural language processing (NLP), privacy, and artificial intelligence.

My recent work with the Usable Privacy Policy Project uses a combination of crowdsourcing, NLP, and machine learning to extract key details from websites' and mobile apps' privacy policies. I also work on privacy in online social networks, and within that topic I have published on location sharing and post deletion.

A line of research that I call "the metalanguage project" is also part of my continuing work. This is an effort to automatically identify instances of metalanguage (i.e., statements about language use or production) in text and extract from them direct, precise information about artifacts of communication.

Positions and Work Experience

2011 -2013 Postdoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

2013 -2014 NSF International Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

2014 -2016 Project Scientist / Lecturer, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Research Support

Grant: #1121941-372288 / CNS-1330596 Investigators:Wilson, Shomir 09-01-2016 -02-28-2018 National Science Foundation TWC SBE: OPTION: FRONTIER: COLLABORATIVE: TOWARDS EFFECTIVE WEB PRIVACY NOTICE AND CHOICE: A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVE Role:PI $36,625.00 Active Level:Federal


natural language processing, privacy, artificial intelligence