Research Interests and Publications
As a member of the Artificial Intelligence
Laboratory I lead the Machine Learning Research
Group which has explored a variety of areas, but my current focus is on
natural language processing / computational linguistics.
Here are my publications
Primary Research Areas (click on an area for related publications):
For a complete list of areas and publications, see the
UT Machine Learning Research Group home page. Also see my profile on
Current Research Group Meetings:
- NLL: Natural Language Learning
- CLAMP: Connecting Language and Perception
Generating graphics animations from natural language
- NL4SE: Natural Language for Software
- XAI: Explainable AI
See my complete vita (in PDF).
See a video of my invited talk
Deep Learning Revolution: Progress, Promise and Profligate Promotion" at
Computing in the 21st Century 2017.
See videos of my invited talks on grounded language learning
at Cornell Tech (2017),
NIPS 2015 Multimodal Machine
Also see my research talks on
Deep Natural Language
Generating Natural-Language Video Descriptions Using Text-Mined Knowledge,
as well as Powerpoint presentations for some of my older talks.
I grew up in the 60's and 70's in the small town of O'Fallon Illinois where starting in 1967 I
attended St. Clare grade school
and, starting in 1975, O'Fallon Township
Highschool. See a scanned version of a paper I wrote (on a typewriter!) for a high-school
English class when I was only 17 years old entitled
"High-level Artificial Intelligence: An Imminent Possibility with an Enormous
Potential for Good". My enthusiasm for AI started early and has not waned;
however, my expections about AI's rate of progress and its positive social
implications have matured and (hopefully) become more realistic.
In the fall of 1979, I went to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana to obtain all of the
degrees listed above. In December 1987, I completed my Ph.D. thesis under the
direction of Prof.
Gerald DeJong and then began as a faculty member here in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin where I am
enjoying the beginning of the fourth decade of a hopefully long academic career.
See more information on my academic genealogy,
which traces my professorial lineage back through Danish Linguists to German Theologians.
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Note to Potential
Grad-Student and Internship Applicants
Unfortunately, I am unable to personally respond to email requests regarding
application to our graduate program or other solicitations for positions in my
research lab. I encourage potential graduate-student applicants to see the department
information on applying to our graduate program. Graduate-student
applicants interested in my research are encouraged to clearly state such
interests in their "statement of purpose." I am afraid I currently have no
funding or capacity to advise summer internships.