Dr. Finlayson received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2012 from MIT, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2001 also from MIT, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1998 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. From 2012-2014 was a Research Scientist in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). His research focuses on representing, extracting, and using higher-order semantic patterns in natural language, especially focusing on narrative. His work intersects artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and cognitive science. Dr. Finlayson was a recipient an NSF CAREER award in 2018, was named an FIU Top Scholar for teaching for the 2017-2018 academic year, and received a SCIS Excellence in Service award in 2016. His research has been funded by NSF, NIH, ONR, DARPA, and DHS.