Güneş Erkan

I am a Software Engineer at Google NYC.

This site is under severe construction.
  • Arzucan Ozgur, Thuy Vu, Gunes Erkan, and Dragomir R. Radev. "Identifying Gene-Disease Associations using Centrality on a Literature Mined Gene Interaction Network", Bioinformatics, 2008 Jul 1;24(13):i277-85. (pdf)
  • Gunes Erkan, Jahna Otterbacher, and Dragomir Radev. "Biased LexRank: Passage Retrieval using Random Walks with Question-Based Priors", Information Processing and Management, 2008. To appear. (pdf)
  • Aaron Elkiss, Siwei Shen, Anthony Fader, Gunes Erkan, David States, and Dragomir Radev. "Blind men and elephants: What do citation summaries tell us about a research article?", Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), 2008, 59(1):51-62. (pdf)
  • Gunes Erkan. "Using Graphs And Random Walks For Discovering Latent Semantic Relationships In Text". Ph.D. Thesis. The University of Michigan, 2007. (pdf)
  • Gunes Erkan, Arzucan Ozgur, and Dragomir R. Radev. "Semi-supervised classification for extracting protein interaction sentences using dependency parsing", In Proc. of EMNLP 2007, Prague, Czech Republic. (pdf)
  • Gunes Erkan, Arzucan Ozgur, and Dragomir R. Radev. "Extracting interacting protein pairs and evidence sentences by using dependency parsing and machine learning techniques", In Proc. of the Second BioCreAtIvE Challenge Workshop - Critical Assessment of Information Extraction in Molecular Biology 2007, Madrid, Spain. (pdf)
  • Dragomir R. Radev, Daniel Tam, and Gunes Erkan. "Single-document and multi-document summary evaluation using relative utility", Technical Report CSE-TR-538-07, University of Michigan. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2007. (pdf)
  • Dragomir R. Radev, Gunes Erkan, Anthony Fader, Patrick Jordan, Siwei Shen, and James Sweeney. "Lexnet: A graphical environment for graph-based natural language processing", In Demo session, COLING/ACL 2006, Sydney, Australia. (pdf)
  • Siwei Shen, Dragomir R. Radev, Agam Patel, and Gunes Erkan. "Adding syntax to dynamic programming for aligning comparable texts for the generation of paraphrases", In Poster Session, COLING/ACL 2006, Sydney, Australia. (pdf)
  • Gunes Erkan. "Language Model Based Document Clustering Using Random Walks", In Proc. HLT/NAACL 2006, New York City. (pdf)
  • Gunes Erkan. "Using Biased Random Walks for Focused Summarization", In Proc. Document Understanding Conference 2006, New York City. (pdf)
  • Jahna Otterbacher, Gunes Erkan and Dragomir R. Radev. "Using Random Walks for Question-focused Sentence Retrieval", In Proc. HLT/EMNLP 2005, Vancouver, Canada. (pdf)
  • Gunes Erkan. "The University of Michigan in Novelty 2004", In Proc. TREC 2004. (pdf)
  • Gunes Erkan and Dragomir Radev. "LexRank: Graph-based Lexical Centrality as Salience in Text Summarization", Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR) , 2004, 22:457-479. htmlPress coverage. (pdf)
  • Gunes Erkan and Dragomir Radev. "LexPageRank: Prestige in Multi-Document Text Summarization", In Proc. EMNLP 2004, Barcelona, Spain. (pdf)
  • Gunes Erkan and Dragomir Radev. "The University of Michigan at DUC 2004", In Proc. Document Understanding Conference 2004 , Boston, MA. (pdf)
  • Gunes Erkan. "A Type System for Combinatory Categorial Grammar", M.S. Thesis, Computer Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, August 2003. (pdf)

Work Experience

  • 7/2007 - Present. Google Inc., New York, NY; Software Engineer
  • 9/2003 - 5/2007. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Research Assistant
  • 6/2006 - 9/2006. Intel Corp., Santa Clara, CA; Research Intern
  • 5/2005 - 8/2005. Yahoo Inc., Pasadena, CA; Research Intern
  • 9/2001 - 8/2003. Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey; Research Assistant


  • Ph.D., Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, 2007.
  • M.S., Computer Engineering, Middle East Technical University, 2003.
  • B.S., Computer Engineering (minor in Philosophy), Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 2001. 

Professional activities

  • Journal Reviews: Information Processing & Management (2005), ACM Transactions on Information Systems (2006, 2007), ACM Transactions on Internet Technology (2007), Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (2007), Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (2008).
  • Conference Program Committees: Human Language Technology - NAACL (2006), European Chapter of the ACL (2006), ACL - HLT (2008).
  • Conference Reviews: Human Language Technology - NAACL (2006), EACL (2006), ACL - HLT (2008).
  • Workshops: Analyzing Conversations in Text and Speech at HLT-NAACL (2006), Textgraphs: Graph-based Algorithms for Natural Language Processing (2006, 2007, 2008).
  • Invited talks at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Michigan.
  • Invited lectures at the University of Michigan and Columbia University.