I am currently an Assistant Professor at Earlham College. My research interests include natural language understanding, cognitive systems, and analogy. In the past, I have worked in the Qualitative Reasoning Group at Northwestern University.


The best way to contact me is at barbeda [AT] earlham [DOT] edu.

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Curriculum Vitae

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Recent Publications

Barbella, D. and Forbus, K. (2015). Exploiting Connectivity for Case Construction in Learning by Reading.  Proceedings of the Third Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems.

Barbella, D. and Forbus, K. (2013). Analogical Word Sense DisambiguationAdvances in Cognitive Systems, 2:297-315.

Friedman, S., Barbella, D., and Forbus, K. (2012). Revising Domain Knowledge with Cross-Domain Analogy.  Advances in Cognitive Systems, 2, 13-24.

Barbella, D. and Forbus, K. (2011). Analogical Dialogue Acts: Supporting Learning by Reading Analogies in Instructional Texts. Proceedings of the Twenty-Fifth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2011), San Francisco, CA.