Vincent Ng

Associate Professor, Computer Science Department
Member, Human Language Technology Research Institute

Contact Information

Office hours for Spring 2014:
   Mondays and Wednesdays 7:00-7:50 PM

ECSS 3.404
Phone: 972-883-4581 (office), 972-883-2349 (fax)
Email: vince at hlt dot utdallas dot edu

Postal address:
Computer Science Department
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Road, MS EC31
Richardson, TX 75080-3021, USA

[ Research (Interests, Papers, Data, Code/Software, Talks) | Professional Activities | Teaching | Miscellany ]

April 4, 2014: Text Analytics slides for the BigData Workshop

Note to potential Ph.D. applicants: Owing to the large number of emails I have to process every day, I will not be able to respond to your emails unless I am interested in your application. Feel free to send me your CV, transcripts, and standardized test scores; if you do not hear from me within a week, it probably means that I am not interested in your application. I'm particularly interested in students who are native speakers of English, Chinese, and Arabic/Farsi. Bangladeshi applicants: I'll consider your application only if your CGPA is at least 3.75.

Research Interests

My general research area is machine learning of natural language. My recent projects have focused primarily on developing unsupervised and semi-supervised machine learning techniques for natural language processing, with the goal of reducing the amount of annotated data needed to build NLP applications and process resource-scarce languages. Areas in which we have been working include:

More recently, I have collaborated with other research groups and worked on non-NLP problems. I am particularly interested in developing and applying search and learning techniques to computational problems that arise in areas such as:


Professional Activities

  • Local organizer, North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) Dallas site (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Editorial board member, Computational Linguistics (2014-2016)
  • Journal referee (recent) [I won't be able to accept any journal review request at this point unless it is from CL, TACL, or JAIR. Sorry.]
    • Transactions of the ACL (2014; 4 articles)
    • Computational Linguistics (2014)
    • Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (2014)
    • IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing (2014)
    • Transactions of the ACL (2013; 6 articles)
    • Computational Linguistics (2013; 3 articles)
    • Journal of Natural Language Engineering (2013; 2 articles)
  • Current program committees and conference/workshop review panels
    • 2014 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2014)
    • 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2014)
    • 18th Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning (CoNLL 2014)
    • 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2014)
    • Third Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics (*SEM 2014)
    • 15th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL 2014)
    • 2nd International Conference on Statistical Language and Speech Processing (SLSP 2014)
    • 15th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics (CICLing 2014)
    • 9th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2014)
    • 14th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL 2014)
    • First Italian Conference on Computational Linguistics (CLIC-it)
    • EACL 2014 Workshop on Computational Approaches to Causality in Language (Website)
  • Review panel, National Science Foundation (2008, 2009, 2010, 2014)
  • More ...


  • CS 4365: Artificial Intelligence (Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014)
  • CS 4365H: Artificial Intelligence Honors (Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014)
  • CS 4375: Introduction to Machine Learning (Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013)
  • CS 6364: Artificial Intelligence (Spring 2009, Spring 2011)
  • CS 6375: Machine Learning (Fall 2005, Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Fall 2010, Spring 2014 (co-taught with Yang Liu))

Miscellaneous Stuff

Last modified: Fri Mar 28 23:17:56 2014