Laurel is a Pacific Northwest native who eventually migrated south for the sunshine (why she settled in San Francisco remains a mystery). As an undergraduate, she studied Applied Linguistics and Computer Science at Portland State University. Pursuing her interest in Natural Language Processing, she next earned her Master’s degree in Computational Linguistics from the University of Washington. Nowadays she hacks away at making apps better conversationalists. Nowanights she draws, watches cartoons, and makes a seemingly endless supply of irc bots.