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Rodney L. Summerscales

IIT Linguistic Cognition Lab
I am a PhD student in the Computer Science department at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Contact info

Email:   rsummers AT iit DOT edu


M.S., Computer Science and Engineering, 2005
Pennsylvania State University
B.S., Computer Science, 1999
Andrews University

Research interests

Natural language processing, pattern recognition and machine learning.

Currently I am working with Dr. Shlomo Argamon to develop methods for identifying and extracting key trial information from medical research papers.


R.L. Summerscales, S. Argamon, S. Bai, J. Hupert, and A. Schwartz. Automatic summarization of results from clinical trials. In Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM 2011), 2011.

R.L. Summerscales, S. Argamon, J. Hupert, A. Schwartz. Identifying Treatments, Groups, and Outcomes in Medical Abstracts. The Sixth Midwest Computational Linguistics Colloquium (MCLC 2009), 2009.

R.L. Summerscales. Three-Dimensional Texture Classification using the Discrete Cosine Transform. M.S. Thesis, Pennsylvania State University, 2005.

G.W. Burdick, R.D. Robertson, R.L. Summerscales. Electric-Dipole 4fN-4fN transition intensity parametrizations for lanthanides: an examination of local minima. Journal of Alloys & Compounds. v323-324, July 2001:778-782.

G.W. Burdick, R.L. Summerscales, S.M. Crooks, M.F. Reid, F.S. Richardson. Electric-Dipole 4fN-4fN transition intensity parametrizations for lanthanides: multiple indistinguishable parameter sets and multiple local minima. Journal of Alloys & Compounds. v303, May 2000:376-382.

J. Wolfer, S.H. Lee, J. Sandelski, R. Summerscales, J. Soble, J. Roberge. Endocardial Border detection in contrast enhanced echocardiographic cineloops using a pulse coupled neural network. 1999 Computers in Cardiology. 26:185-188.


I am married to Tiffany Summerscales, who is an associate professor in the Physics department at Andrews University. When I have time, I like to get outside and hike, bike, or kayak.