Associate Professor- Cross Appointed

Chrysanne Di Marco

Note: Currently unavailable for consultation or supervision.

PhD, Computer Science; Toronto
MSc, Computer Science; Toronto
BSc, Mathematics and Biology; Toronto

Extension: 84443

Office: DC 1308



Chrysanne DiMarco has been a member of the Artificial Intelligence Group in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo since graduating from the University of Toronto in 1990. She was cross-appointed to the English department in December 2009. Her research interests include: computational rhetoric, computational linguistics, persuasive technologies, and health informatics. Professor DiMarco is the project leader of the HealthDoc Project (1994-present), which is developing natural language generation systems for producing multimedia health information tailored to the medical condition and personal characteristics of an individual. Professor DiMarco is also involved in an ongoing project aimed at formalizing an ontology of rhetorical figures for use in computational natural language applications.

Selected publications

Gawryjolek, Jakub, DiMarco, Chrysanne, Harris, Randy. "Automated annotation and vizualization of rhetorical figures" (system demonstration). The 9th International Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument, International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) Workshop, July 2009, Pasadena, CA.

Harris, Randy, and DiMarco, Chrysanne. "Constructing a rhetorical figuration ontology." Symposium on Persuasive Technology and Digital Behaviour Intervention, Convention of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB), April 2009, Edinburgh, Scotland.

DiMarco, C., Bray, P., Covvey, H.D., Cowan, D.D., DiCiccio, V,. Hovy, E., Lipa, J., and Yang, C. "Authoring and generation of individualized patient education materials". Journal on Information Technology in Healthcare, February 2008.

He, Xiaofen, and DiMarco, Chrysanne. "Using lexical chaining to rank protein-protein interactions in biomedical texts." BioLink 2005: Workshop on Linking Biological Literature, Ontologies and Databases: Mining Biological Semantics, Conference of the Association for Computational Linguistics (poster presentation), Detroit, Michigan, June 2005.

DiMarco, Chrysanne, and Mercer, Robert E. "Hedging in scientific articles as a means of classifying citations", Computing attitude and affect in text: Theory and applications, James G. Shanahan, Yan Qu, Janyce Wiebe (Editors), Springer-Verlag, 2005.

Mercer, Robert E., DiMarco, Chrysanne, and Kroon, Frederick. "The frequency of hedging cues in citation contexts in scientific writing." Proceedings, 2004 Joint Conference of the Canadian Society for the Computational Studies of Intelligence (CSCSI), London, Ontario, May 2004.

Fellowships & Awards

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Collaborative Research and Development Grant (2010)
  • Nortel Networks Research Grant (2009-2010)

Current research

  • An automated tailored text-messaging system to promote breastfeeding in new mothers.
  • An automated personalized Virtual Sleep Coach.
  • An ongoing project in computational rhetoric to formalize an ontology of rhetorical figures.

Areas of graduate supervision

  • Computational rhetoric
  • Computational linguistics
  • Human language technologies
  • Health informaticas
  • Persuasive language technologies
University of Waterloo

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