Aravind Joshi will present the topic "My encounters with language and computers".
Aravind Joshi is Henry Salvatori Professor of Computer and Cognitive Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. His career has been devoted to problems that overlap computer science and linguistics such as formal linguistics, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science. Professor Joshi has received dozens of high honors and awards for his contributions to the field of cognitive science, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Computational Linguistics, election to the National Academy of Engineering, the 2005 Benjamin Franklin Medal from the Franklin Institute, and an honorary doctorate at the University of Paris.
Professor Joshi is a world leader in the interdisciplinary research that covers linguistics, cognitive science, and computer science. His theoretical insights regarding the structure of human language, and the resulting tools and techniques he developed, help us understand how we communicate and allow us to interface with technology more naturally. The breadth of his influence can be inferred from the fact that googling his name yields 477 hits.
The luncheon is at 11:45 A.M. on Monday, November 15, 2010, in the Lenape Room of the University Club.