Intro > Katy Gero

I'm a first year PhD student in computer science at Columbia University. I work between natural language processing and human-computer interaction; I want to build co-creative textual interfaces that augment people's writing ability. I think there is something in poetic language that is interesting from a computational perspective. I'm a NSF Graduate Research Fellow and recipient of the Provost’s Diversity Fellowship from Columbia University.

I used to build machines and sensors. I hold a bachelors in mechanical engineering from MIT, where I recieved the Carl G. Sontheimer Prize for Excellence in Innovation and Creativity for my work on soft robotics.

I'm also an essayist and poet; my writer website is here. You can find my most recent essay, 'Is It Possible for Machines to Translate Poetry, When Humans Can Barely Do It?' here. I have a book of poetry, 'The Woman Invention', forthcoming October 2018 from Finishing Line Press.

You can email me at my first name :)


Papers > Computer Science

Gero, K., Chilton, L. (2018, May). Challenges in finding metaphorical connections, in Workshop on Figurative Language Processing NAACL 2018. Forthcoming.


Papers > Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

Reinhart, C. F., Dhariwal, J., Gero, K. I. (2017, Nov). Biometeorological indices explain outside dwelling patterns based on Wi-Fi data in support of sustainable urban planning, In Building and Environment, Volume 126, 2017, Pages 422-430, ISSN 0360-1323,

Cheng, N. G., Lobovsky, M. B., Keating, S. J., Setapen, A. M., Gero, K. I., Hosoi, A. E., Iagnemma, K. D. (2012, May). Design and analysis of a robust, low-cost, highly articulated manipulator enabled by jamming of granular media. In 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 4328-433, IEEE.

Gero, K. I. (2012, Feb). Experimental analysis on granular materials for robotic applications. Presented at American Physical Society Meeting


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Last updated April, 2018