Prof. Sood was an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the Pomona College. Her research spans machine learning, human computer interaction and information retrieval. She earned her Bachelor’s degree with honors in Mathematics and Computer Science from the DePauw University in 2002, and her Master’s and PhD in Computer Science from the Northwestern University in 2007.
Prof. Sood's research is focused on understanding the expression and impact of emotion in online communication. To this end, her recent work has been on systems that detect and analyze insults, profanity and personal attacks in online forums with a focus on the impact of anonymity on online communities. Her work in the space of sentiment analysis led her to explore a series of other related challenges including domain specificity and sentiment analysis through many models of emotion beyond positive/negative/neutral classification.