Professional Activities and Organizations


Professional affiliations:

·       Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), member since 1987.

·       Association for Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA), member since 1991.

·       Association for Digital Government in North America (DGSNA), member since 2006.

·       American Association of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), member since 1984.

·       International Pragmatics Association (IPrA), member 1986–2001.

·       Cognitive Science Society (CogSci), member 1987–2003.

·       International Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (ISFLA), member 1987–1994.

·       Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), member 1991–1993.


Service in professional organizations:

·       President (2008–09), President-Elect (2006–08), and Past President (2010–11), Digital Government Society of North America (DGSNA)

·       President (2001–03), President-Elect (1999–01), and Treasurer (2003–09), International Association of Machine Translation (IAMT); member of Council (1996–99).

·       Past President (2002), President (2001), Vice President (2000), Association of Computational Linguistics (ACL); member of Executive Committee, 1994–1997.

·       President (1996–2000), Vice President (1994–96), and Wise Counselor (2002–05), Association of Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA).

·       Member of Executive Committee (2000), North American Chapter of the Association of Computational Linguistics (NAACL). One of three people tasked with establishing this chapter for the ACL. 

·       Chair of committee (2005–06) tasked with creating the constitutions to form the North American Digital Government Society and International Digital Electronic Government Society (IDEGS). 

·       Chair of committee (2002–03) tasked with establishing HLT-NAACL joint conference series, and first coverall conference chair.  Appointed by joint agreement of US funding agencies (DARPA, NSF, ARDA) and ACL. 

·       Member of Executive Committee, SIGMEDIA, 1992–93.


Relationships with small companies:

·       Rhetoritech Persuasive Technologies 2009–.  Personalized production of documents.  Co-founder and Chief Scientist.

·       Textifter. 2009–.  Chair, Board of Directors. 

·       WiseWindow, 2007–.  Measures relevant consumer insights about corporation products.  Technical Advisor.

·       Boorah, 2006–09.  Local search company that extracts sentiment from user reviews.  Technical Advisor.

·       Applied Semantics (acquired by Google in 2003), 2001–2003.  Web and local search company.  On Board of Advisors.

·       MaximOne, 2001–2003.  Semantics-based text search and summarization.  Technical Advisor.

·       TransClick, 2000–2004.  Machine translation and translator support.  Technical Advisor.

·       Infosqueeze, 2000–2005.  Text summarization.  Co-founder.

·       Inkpot, 1999–2002.  Personalized production of documents.  Co-founder.


Journal and book series editorial boards:

·       Book series Editor-in-Chief. Theory and Applications of Natural Language Processing. Springer. 2010–.

·       Book series editorial board:  Natural Language Processing (click here), John Benjamins Publishers, 1999–.

·       Journal editorial board:  Journal of Information Technology & Politics (JITP), 2006–.

·       Journal editorial board:  Language Resources and Evaluation (LRE), 2005–2010.

·       Journal editorial board:  Machine Translation, (click here) 1999–.

·       Journal editorial board: Journal of China Universities of Posts and Telecommunications (CHUPT), 2008–.

·       Journal editorial board:  ACM Transactions on Asian Language Information Processing (TALIP), 2003–2007. 

·       Journal editorial board:  Journal of the Society of Natural Language Processing of Japan, 1997–99.

·       Journal editorial board:  Computational Linguistics (click here), 1991–93.

·       Journal editorial board (Technical Area on the Semantics of Web Information):  Electronic Transactions of Artificial Intelligence (ETAI), 2000–01. 

·       Co-editor, Special Issue on Digital Government. International Journal of E-Government Research (click here).  2005.

·       Co-editor, Special Issue on Text Summarization. Computational Linguistics. 2002. 

·       Co-editor. Special Issue on Multi-lingual Information Management.  Computers and the Humanities 35(4), November 2001.

·       Guest co-editor, special issue of Machine Translation. October 1998.


Review Boards and other standing committees:

·       Scientific Advisory Board: Fondazione Bruno Kessler – Center for Information Technology – IRST. Trento, Italy.  2009–.

·       Scientific Advisory Board: Saarland Excellence Cluster on Multimodal Computing and Interaction. Saarbrücken, Germany. 2008–13. 

·       International Review Board, Tilburg University Center for Cognition and Communication.  Tilburg, Netherlands. 2012.

·       International Review Board: Continuous Access To Cultural Heritage program (CATCH). Dutch Science Foundation (NWO), 2004–. 

·       Advisory Committee:  NIST Text Analysis Conference (TAC) for Advancement and Evaluation of NLP (including DUC and RTE). 2007–.

·       Chair, Panel of Judges: Elsevier Grand Challenge:  Knowledge Enhancement in the Life Sciences. 2008–09.

·       International Review Board: Interactieve Multimodale Informatie Extractie (IMIX). Dutch Science Foundation (NWO), 2005–08. 

·       International Review Board:  Multi-lingual Intelligence Science and Technology program (W-MIST). University of Posts and Telecommunication.  Beijing, China, 2004–08. 

·       Member of US Expert Board:  ISO TC37 SC4 (ISO committee developing standards for language resource management), 2003–.

·       Member of Workshop Program Committee:  ARDA’s Northeastern Region Research Center (NRRC), 2001–2002.

·       Member:  DARPA Written Language Coordinating Committee, 1992–94.

·       Member:  IFIP Committee on Natural Language, 1990–94. 


Ad hoc study panels:

·       Participant in workshop on Data-Centric Workflows.  Commissioned by NSF. Washington, DC. May 2009.

·       Participant, MINDS study group developing report on future directions for research in Machine Translation, Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing, Data resources, and Speech.  Funded by ARDA/DTO. Marina del Rey, CA. January 2007.

·       Participant in workshop to outline current state and research problems in Information Integration (II), funded by several government agencies (AFRL, AHRQ, EPA, NARA, NSF, ONR, with support from the NCO/NITRD).  Philadelphia, PA. October 2006.

·       Session chair (invited), special joint meeting of funders and national research community representatives called Workshop on Future of Semantic Text Annotation Research. College Park, MD. April 2005. 

·       Chair of joint NSF-EU researcher meeting to plan collaboration program between US and EU in Digital Government / eGovernment research.  Delft, The Netherlands. November 2004.

·       Participant and session chair in NSF meeting to outline Digital Government collaboration program between US and Organization of American States (OAS).  Washington, DC. November 2004.

·       Participant and member of editorial reporting team, Workshop on Exploring International Collaborations for Research on eGovernment and Digital Government.  Commissioned by the EU and National Science Foundation, at dg.o 2004 conference, Seattle, WA. May 2004.

·       Member, Expert Meeting on the Building of an International Research Institute on e-Science Studies (IRISS).  Convened by the Royal Dutch Academy of Science (KNAW). Amsterdam, The Netherlands. May 2003.

·       Member and session leader, Workshop on Developing a Basic Research Program on e-Rulemaking, for Digital Government.  Commissioned by National Science Foundation. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. January 2003.

·       Member and session leader, Workshop on Developing a Basic Research Program on Policy and Governance, for Digital Government.  Commissioned by National Science Foundation.  Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. May 2002.

·       Session co-leader, Workshop on Responding to the Unexpected.  Commissioned by National Science Foundation.  New York, NY. February 2002. 

·       Co-editor of report on Multilingual Information Management (MLIM), commissioned by the National Science Foundation (Washington, DC). Co-chair of information collection workshops held in Granada, Spain (May 1998) and Montreal, Canada (August 1998). To view the report, click here.

·       Member of working group on Multilingual Information Retrieval, study panel for NSF and DARPA. Meetings held at Columbia University, New York, and ETH, Zürich, in November 1997 and March 1998. Report published in 1998.

·       Member of NSF Workshop on R&D Opportunities in Federal Information Services, section on Information Integration. Study published in 1997.

·       Member of AAAI-NSF Workshop on National Information Infrastructure. Workshop held at AAAI-94, Seattle, WA, August 1994.

·       Contributor to Survey of the State of the Art in Human Language Technology. Responsible for overview section on Natural Language Generation. Report commissioned jointly by the National Science Foundation (Washington, DC) and the European Commission's LRE directorate (Brussels, Belgium) in January 1994. Published in 1996; click here.

·       Member of stugy group on Natural Language Research in the U.S., chaired by Prof. Victor Zue, MIT. Study commissioned by ISAT and presented in August 1991.

·       Member of study group on Multimedia Communication Research in the U.S., chaired by Dr. William Swartout, USC Information Sciences Institute. Study commissioned by ISAT and presented in August 1990.


Selected conference and large event organizing committees:

·       Member of Organizing Committee, Dagstuhl Workshop on the The Future of Research Communication, August 2011.

·       Member of Organizing Committee, Beyond the PDF, January 2011.

·       Program Committee Honorary Chair, IEEE International Conference on Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Engineering (IEEE NLP-KE 10).  Beijing, China. 2010.

·       Program Committee Honorary Chair, IEEE International Conference on Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Engineering (IEEE NLP-KE 08).  Beijing, China. 2008.

·       Convenor and liaison to DGSNA Board.  Ninth Conference on Digital Government (dg.o 2008).  Montreal, Canada. May 2008.

·       Program Committee Honorary Chair, IEEE International Conference on Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Engineering (IEEE NLP-KE 07).  Beijing, China. 2007.

·       Member of Senior Program Committee (co-responsible for Natural Language track), AAAI conference, July 2007.

·       Member of Advisory Committee, 5th International Conference on Natural Language Processing (ICON 2007). IIIT Hyderabad, India. January 2007.

·       Member of Scientific Committee, Fifth Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2006).  Genoa, Italy. May 2006.

·       Member of Advisory Board, International Conference on Natural Language Processing (ICON-05). Hyderabad, India. December 2005.

·       Member of Program Committee, Joint Conference of Human Language Technologies and Empirical Methods in NLP (HLT-EMNLP 2005). Vancouver, Canada. October 2005.

·       Member of Program Committee, International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2005).  Edinburgh, Scotland. August 2005.

·       Conference Co-Chair (With Sharon Dawes).  Fifth Conference on Digital Government (dg.o 2004).  Seattle, WA, May 2004.

·       Member of Program Committee, Joint Conference of Human Language Technologies and Empirical Methods in NLP (HLT-EMNLP 2005). Vancouver, Canada. October 2005.

·       Member of Program Committee, Third International Conference on Knowledge Capture (K-CAP 2005).  Banff, Canada. October 2005.

·       Member of Program Committee, Machine Translation Summit X.  Phuket, Thailand.  September 2005.  

·       Member of Program Committee, International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2005).  Edinburgh, Scotland. August 2005.

·       Member of Program Committee (in two areas: Summarization/QA and Language Resources), International Conference on Computational Linguistics (ACL 2005).  Ann Arbor, MI. June 2005.

·       Member of Program Committee, Sixth National Conference on Digital Government (dg.o 2005). Atlanta, GA. May 2005. 

·       Conference Chair, Machine Translation Summit IX (MT-Summit), New Orleans. September 2003.Conference Chair, Human Language Technology Conference of the North American Association of the ACL (HLT-NAACL03), Edmonton, Canada. May 2003.

·       Program Chair, Second National Conference on Digital Government (dg.o2002), Los Angeles. May 2002.

·       Program Chair, First National Conference on Digital Government (dg.o2001), Los Angeles. May 2001.

·       Member of Program Committee, International Joint Conference of Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2001), Seattle. August 2001.

·       Member, Executive Program Committee, DARPA Human Language Technology (HLT) Conference, San Diego. March 2001.

·       Member of International Advisory Board, Machine Translation Summit VII, Singapore. September 1999.

·       General conference chair, Third Conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA). Philadelphia, PA, October 1998.

·       Program chair, Ninth International Workshop on Natural Language Generation (INLGW). Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada, July 1998.

·       Program co-chair, AAAI Spring Symposium on Text Summarization. Stanford University, Palo Alto. March 1998.

·       Program chair, Second Conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA). Montreal, Quebec, October 1996.

·       Program co-chair, First Conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA). (With Dr. Muriel Vasconcellos, AMTA, and Dr. Joseph Pentheroudakis, MicroSoft.) Columbia, MD, October 1994.

·       Event co-chair, AAAI-94 Machine Translation Showcase. At Annual Conference of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence. (With Prof. Jaime Carbonell and Prof. Bonnie Dorr.) Seattle, WA, August 1994.

·       Workshop co-chair, International Workshop on Burning Issues in Discourse (funded by NATO). Maratea, Italy. April 1993.


Selected invited presentations:

(For fuller list of invited presentations see here.)

·       Keynote speaker, Workshop on Sentiment Analysis where AI meets Psychology at the IJCNLP conference.  Chiang Mai, Thailand.  November 2011.

·       Keynote speaker, 8th Brazilian Symposium on Information and Human Language Technology (STIL).  Cuiabá, Brazil. October 2011.

·       Keynote speaker: International Conference on Dialogue.  Moscow, Russia. May 2011.

·       Keynote speaker: International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS 2011).  Oxford, UK. January 2011.

·       Keynote speaker: Tenth conference Konferenz zur Verarbeitung Natürliche Sprache (KONVENS).  Saarbrücken, Germany. September 2010.

·       Keynote speaker, Workshop on Negation and Speculation in Natural Language Processing. Before the conference of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL). Stockholm, Sweden. July 2010.

·       Keynote speaker: Semantic Authoring Annotation and Knowledge Management (SAAKM) at the conference on Knowledge Capture (K-CAP).  Redondo Beach, CA. September 2009.

·       Invited speaker, 14th International Conference on Applications of Natural Language to Information Systems (NLDB-09). Saarbrücken, Germany.  June 2009.

·       Panelist, 50th anniversary of the French Computational Linguistics Association (ATALA). Paris, France.  June 2009.

·       Invited speaker, 3rd Symposium on Innovations in Machine Translation Technologies (IMTT-2009). Tokyo, Japan. March 2009.

·       Invited in Distinguished Speaker series, Department of Computer Science, University of Pittsburgh, PA. September 2008.

·       Keynote speaker, Second IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing (ICSC). Santa Clara, CA. August 2008.

·       Invited speaker and panel leader, Global E-Gov Symposium at Hawai'i International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS). Hawaii.  January 2008. 

·       Keynote speaker, Seventh International Symposium on Natural Language Processing (SNLP). Pattaya, Thailand. December 2007.

·       Keynote speaker, IEEE NLP-KE conference. Beijing, China. August 2007.

·       Keynote speaker, SEMEVAL workshop at the conference of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL). Prague, Czech Republic. July 2007.

·       Invited speaker, Conference on eGovernment, organized by the State Information Center of the Chinese Government. Beijing, China. April 2007.

·       Keynote speaker, Symposium on Innovations in Machine Translation Technologies. Tokyo, Japan. March 2007.

·       Invited speaker, Advanced NLP and Text Mining Forum. Tokyo, Japan. March 2007.

·       Invited speaker, International Conference on Linguistics in Korea. Seoul, Korea. January 2007.

·       Keynote speaker, 9th International Conference on Text, Speech, and Dialogue (TSD-06).  Brno, Czech Republic. September 2006.

·       Keynote speaker, 3rd European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC).  Budva, Montenegro. June 2006.

·       Keynote speaker, 5th Language Resources and Evaluation conference (LREC 2006).  Genoa, Italy.  May 2006. 

·       Keynote speaker, 7th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics (CICLing).  Mexico City, Mexico. February 2006.

·       Keynote speaker, Annual Meeting of Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands (CLIN).  Amsterdam, The Netherlands. December 2005.

·       Invited speaker, Symposium of the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT). Tokyo, Japan. November 2005.

·       Keynote speaker, IEEE International Conference on Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Engineering (NLP-KE).  Wuhan, China. October 2005.

·       Keynote speaker, Second Asia Information Retrieval Symposium (AIRS).  Jeju Island, Korea. October 2005.

·       Keynote speaker, Pacific-Asia Conference on Computational Linguistics (PACLING). Tokyo, Japan. August 2005. 

·       Keynote speaker, 13th International Conference on Conceptual Structures: Common Semantics for Sharing Knowledge (ICCS). Kassel, Germany. July 2005. 

·       Keynote speaker, Conference on Theories of Natural Language Processing (TALN). Dourdan, France. June 2005. 

·       Keynote speaker, Asian Symposium on Natural Language Processing to Overcome Language Barriers, at International Joint Conference of Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP).  Hainan Island, China. March 2004. 

·       Invited talk (became keynote speaker when keynoter cancelled), Toward the Automated Construction of Semantic Resources.  International Conference on Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Engineering (NLP-KE).  Beijing, China. October 2003.

·       Keynote speaker, JEITA meeting, Tokyo, Japan.  October 2002.

·       Keynote address, seventh Pacific-Rim International Conference on AI (PRICAI).  Tokyo, August 2002.

·       Keynote address, SIGIR Conference. New Orleans, LA, September 2001.

·       Keynote address, Conference on Recent Advances in NLP (RANLP). Tzigov Chark, Bulgaria, September 2001.

·       Invited speaker, International Machine Translation Summit VI, San Diego, CA. October 1997.

·       Keynote address, Workshop on Terminology Issues in Data and Knowledge Sharing, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD. July 1997.

·       Keynote address, Workshop on Ontologies at Conference of the Association of Computational Linguistics (ACL) and European Association (EACL). Madrid, Spain. July 1997.

·       Plenary speaker, 3rd International Workshop on Human Interface Technology (IWHIT'97), University of Aizu, Aizu, Japan. March 1997.

·       Invited speaker, JEIDA Study Group. JEIDA meeting, Tokyo, Japan. November 1996.

·       Invited speaker, 2nd Conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA), Montreal, Canada. October 1996.

·       Invited international participant Workshop/Meetings on Natural Language Generation. Sponsored by the German and Chinese Governments. Shanghai and Beijing, China. May 1996.

·       Keynote speaker, Workshop on Discourse Markers, Egmond-aan-Zee, The Netherlands. January 1995.

·       Keynote speaker, 3rd European Generation Workshop (ENLGW), Judenstein, Austria. March 1991.


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