Raymond J. Mooney

Professor of Computer Science, The University of Texas at Austin
Director of the UT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

B.S. in Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, 1983
M.S. in Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, 1985
Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, 1988

Research Teaching Personal Contact Note to Grad-Student Applicants

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.

Recent Publications:

Here are my publications for 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015.

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 Google Scholar.

Current Research Group Meetings:

Additional Affiliations:


See my complete vita (in PDF).

Research Talks:

See a video of my invited talk on "The 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 NIPS 2015 Multimodal Machine Learning Workshop, AAAI-2013, and ECML/PKDD-2008.

Also see my research talks on Deep Natural Language Semantics and Generating Natural-Language Video Descriptions Using Text-Mined Knowledge, as well as Powerpoint presentations for some of my older talks.

Course Information

Fall 2018

Spring 2018

Fall 2010

Spring 2009

Fall 2007

Personal History

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.

Contact Information

3.512 GDC, (512) 471-9558
Email address:
(512) 471-8885
Postal address:
Department of Computer Science
The University of Texas at Austin
2317 Speedway, Stop D9500
Austin, Texas 78712-1757
Home address:
4707 Eby Lane
Austin, Texas 78731-4507

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.