Prof. Dragomir Radev Named ACM Fellow for Contributions to Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics

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Prof. Dragomir Radev has been elected a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for “contributions to natural language processing and computational linguistics.”

Prof. Radev is a leader in the field of computational linguistics, which leverages techniques from computer science and linguistics and is concerned with the computational aspects of the human language faculty. His research takes place at the intersection of information retrieval, natural language processing, machine learning, bioinformatics, text and data mining, social networks, social media, collective behavior, text generation, information extraction, and artificial intelligence.

Past projects have included "News in Essence," an online multidocument news summarization system. The system employed information retrieval, natural language processing, and information extraction to categorize, distill, and present and analyze targeted information on current events. A summary of additional research projects can be found at the website for his Computational Linguistics and Information Retrieval (CLAIR) research group.

Prof. Radev has been exceptionally active in outreach. He is co-founder and program chair of the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO), an annual contest in which high school student teams solve linguistic and natural-language processing problems. Finalists from NACLO compete each year in the International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL), and Prof. Radev has served as head coach of the US team at IOL since 2007.

Radev also edited and compiled Puzzles in Logic, Languages, and Computation, a two-volume set (volume 1 and volume 2) that brings together the best English-language problems created for students competing in NACLO.

Prof. Radev received his PhD in Computer Science from Columbia University in 1999 and joined the faculty at Michigan in 2000. He received a UROP Faculty Recognition Award for Outstanding Research Mentorship in 2004, and the Gosnell Prize for Excellence in Political Methodology in 2006. In 2011, NACLO was recognized with the Linguistic Society of America's Linguistics, Language and the Public Award. He received a Faculty Recognition award by the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan. He is also the Secretary of the Association for Computational Linguistics.

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About the ACM Fellows Program

The ACM Fellows Program was established in 1993 to recognize and honor outstanding ACM members for their achievements in computer science and information technology and for their significant contributions to the mission of the ACM. The ACM Fellows serve as distinguished colleagues to whom the ACM and its members look for guidance and leadership as the world of information technology evolves.

Posted: December 9, 2015