Ms Zara Maxwell-smith

Ms Zara Maxwell-smith

Lecturer

2024    The Australian National University - Doctorate Degree in Linguistics 
2012    The University of Canberra - Graduate Diploma of Education in Secondary Teaching
2011    The Australian National University - Bachelor`s degree Asian Studies (Indonesian Language Major)
2011    The Australian National University - Bachelor`s degree Arts (Applied Linguistics Major)

UNSW Canberra
School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Zara Maxwell-Smith is an interdisciplinary researcher and lecturer in Indonesian Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS), UNSW Canberra. Zara completed her doctorate at the Australian National University in 2024, where she taught from 2013-2023. She has worked across a range of universities and schools, and as a researcher for the Australian government. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Teaching as well as Bachelors in Arts and Asian Studies (ANU).

Current Research Interests

  • Indonesian language, linguistics, politics
  • Politics and culture in Southeast Asia/Indo-Pacific
  • Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Automated Speech Recognition (ASR)
  • Equity in AI, Open Source technologies
  • Asian literacy, language education

 

 

2024    The Australian National University - Doctorate Degree in Linguistics 
2012    The University of Canberra - Graduate Diploma of Education in Secondary Teaching
2011    The Australian National University - Bachelor`s degree Asian Studies (Indonesian Language Major)
2011    The Australian National University - Bachelor`s degree Arts (Applied Linguistics Major)

  • Conference Papers | 2023
    Maxwell-Smith Z; Foley B, 2023, 'Automated speech recognition of Indonesian-English language lessons on YouTube using transfer learning', in Proceedings of the Second Workshop on NLP Applications to Field Linguistics, Association for Computational Linguistics, presented at Proceedings of the Second Workshop on NLP Applications to Field Linguistics, - , http://dx.doi.org/10.18653/v1/2023.fieldmatters-1.1
    Other | 2022
    Kohler M; Maxwell-Smith Z, 2022, Program Pengembangan Peguruan BIPA di Australia (The development and agenda of Indonesian teaching in Australia),
    Conference Presentations | 2022
    Maxwell-Smith Z, 2022, 'Panel member: Futures Panel- New connections for language and technology', presented at End of CoEDL Event, Canberra, 01 September 2022
    Conference Posters | 2022
    Maxwell-Smith Z, 2022, 'Speech recognition in low resource and code-mixed education settings: YouTube language learning resources for Indonesian', Canberra, presented at The 18th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (SST2022), Canberra, 13 December 2022
    Conference Papers | 2022
    Maxwelll-Smith Z; Kohler M; Suominen H, 2022, 'Scoping natural language processing in Indonesian and Malay for education applications', in Proceedings of the 60th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Student Research Workshop, Association for Computational Linguistics, presented at Proceedings of the 60th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Student Research Workshop, - , http://dx.doi.org/10.18653/v1/2022.acl-srw.15
    Conference Papers | 2021
    Maxwell-Smith Z, 2021, 'Fossicking in dominant language teaching: Javanese and Indonesian ‘low’ varieties in language teaching resources', in Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on the Use of Computational Methods in the Study of Endangered Languages Volume 1, Online, presented at Association for Computational Linguistics 2021, ComputEL, Online, 01 March 2021, https://aclanthology.org/2021.computel-1.4
    Conference Papers | 2021
    Maxwelll-Smith Z; Foley B, 2021, 'Developing ASR for Indonesian-English Bilingual Language Teaching', in Proceedings of the Fifth Workshop on Computational Approaches to Linguistic Code-Switching, Association for Computational Linguistics, presented at Proceedings of the Fifth Workshop on Computational Approaches to Linguistic Code-Switching, - , http://dx.doi.org/10.18653/v1/2021.calcs-1.17
    Conference Presentations | 2020
    Ilahi N; Maxwell-Smith Z, 2020, 'What to do with beginners? (2): Indonesian Way: A teacher's perspective', presented at Seminar Series (online): Pedagogical Issues in Teaching Indonesian to Tertiary Students, The College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University, 29 November 2020
    Conference Papers | 2020
    Maxwell-Smith Z; Ochoa SG; Foley B; Suominen H, 2020, 'Applications of natural language processing in bilingual language teaching: an Indonesian-English case study', in Proceedings of the Fifteenth Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications, http://dx.doi.org/10.18653/v1/2020.bea-1.12
    Conference Presentations | 2020
    Maxwell-Smith Z, 2020, 'Are loanwords running amuck in Bahasa Indonesia or are they your cup of tea?', presented at Seminar Series (online): Pedagogical Issues in Teaching Indonesian to Tertiary Students, The College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University, 28 November 2020
    Conference Presentations | 2019
    Foley B; Van Esch D; Maxwell-Smith Z, 2019, 'Transcription Acceleration Project (TAP) Workshop', presented at Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language ‘Fest’, UNSW, Sydney, 04 February 2019
    Conference Presentations | 2017
    Maxwell-Smith Z, 2017, 'Whose Indonesian? Word Frequency for Teaching Indonesian', presented at 4th Atma Jaya Conference on Corpus Studies (CONCORPS), Jakarta/Online, 21 July 2017

2022 - Australia Indonesia Institute Indonesian Language Teaching Award