Riki Terada

Riki Terada

Home Institution
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Year Participated

Year in School

REU Faculty Mentor
Roxana Girju

Research Area Interest
Artificial Intelligence

Project Title
Making sense of the sensory descriptors space in English and other languages

Biography & Research Abstract


In natural languages, sensory descriptors are complicated by the inherent ambiguity of the meaning of words in a language. This research will study, implement, and test computational models that identify and organize the semantic space of sensory descriptors and their contexts in English and potentially one or two other languages. This will potentially bring new insights into the various strategies writers use to prompt readers to blend imagined sensory combinations.


Riki Terada is a rising Sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign double majoring in Applied Mathematics and Statistics & Computer Science. His research area of interest is the construction of natural languages and how they differ across cultures. Outside of school, Riki tutors high school students math and computer science part time, participates in the Japanese Conversation Table at UIUC. His hobbies include learning new languages and listening to music.