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Rada Mihalcea, PhD, University of Michigan – CSE Seminar Series
December 5, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
3725 Beyster Building
Rada Mihalcea, PhD
University of Michigan
Abstract: Computational linguistics has come a long way, with many exciting achievements along several research directions, ranging from morphology and syntax to semantics and pragmatics. Simultaneously, there has been a tremendous growth in the amount of social media data available on web sites such as Blogger, Twitter, or Facebook, with all of these data streams being rich in explicit demographic information, such as the age, gender, industry, or location of the writer, as well as implicit personal dimensions such as personality and values. In this talk, I will describe recent research work undertaken in the Language and Information Technologies group, under the broad umbrella of computational sociolinguistics, where language processing is used to gain new insights into people’s values, behaviors, and world views. I will share the lessons learned along the way, and take a look into the future of this new exciting research area.
Bio: Rada Mihalcea is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. Her research interests are in computational linguistics, with a focus on lexical semantics, multilingual natural language processing, and computational social sciences. She has served on the editorial boards of the Journals of Computational Linguistics, Language Resources and Evaluations, Natural Language Engineering, Research in Language in Computation, IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, and Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics. She was also a program co-chair/general chair for the three main conferences in computional linguistics (EMNLP in 2009; ACL in 2011; NAACL in 2015). She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award (2008) and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2009). In 2013, she was made an honorary citizen of her hometown of Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
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