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Rebecca J. Passonneau

Director, Center for Computational Learning Systems
Senior Research Scientist
Columbia University

Travailler c'est vivre sans mourir (To work is to live without dying).
Rainer Maria Rilke, from a letter to Auguste Rodin

I am the Director of the Center for Computational Learning Systems (CCLS) at Columbia University, and a Senior Research Scientist. My research area is Natural Language Processing aka Computational Linguistics. I received my PhD from the University of Chicago Department of Linguistics. From 1985-1990, I worked at the former Paoli Research Center, a logic-programming center with groups in Natural Language Processing, Knowledge Representation and Expert Systems, where we developed a domain independent text-processing shell with applications such as Naval equipment failure reports (DARPA), and medical informatics (National Library of Medicine). In the early 1990s, I joined Kathleen McKeown's Natural Language Processing Group. After an extended sabbatical with forays in theater and fiction, I became a consultant in computational linguistics, with projects at Columbia University, Bellcore, the Educational Testing Service, AT&T Research Labs and the University of Maryland. I have been at the Center for Computational Learning Systems since 2006. The CCLS Natural Language Processing group is part of the Columbia University Natural Language Processing group, which spans multiple departments and research centers.

Curriculum Vitae

Columbia University
Center for Computational Learning Systems
Interchurch Center, Room 850
475 Riverside Drive MC 7717
New York, NY 10115

Phone: (212) 870-1278
Fax: (212) 870-1285
becky @ ccls dot columbia dot edu

Recent Talk on Automated Content Assessment Human-'Bot Dialog about Visual Input (Project Course)
A Less Recent Talk on Contextualized Dialog Management NLP for Content Assessment of Student Essays (Project Course)