Vincent Ng

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

Contact Information

Office hours for Fall 2015:
   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 (Overview, Papers, Data, Code/Software, Talks) | Professional Activities | Teaching | Miscellany ]

CS undergraduates: If you received an A in at least one of my courses and are interested in the Ph.D. program, feel free to come talk to me.

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.

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 my group has 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


  • CS 4365: Artificial Intelligence (Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016)
  • 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, Fall 2014, Fall 2015)
  • 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

  • Microsoft Academic Search's ranked list of North American organizations in natural language and speech based on field rating.
  • I am the professor of artificial intelligence for the undergrads. I have had some good times with them in events like this and this.
  • Wanna solve some puzzles? Here is one for you.
  • I have never seen someone in NLP who is so genuinely interested in a bag of words.
  • To give you an idea of how senior I am in my department, I joined it longer ago than 14 of 46 (30%) other tenure-track faculty members as of Spring 2015.
  • I was asked many times whether Andrew Ng is my brother. He isn't, but we were introduced to each other by a common friend when we were undergrads.
  • Thanks to the area chairs' nominations for a best reviewer award at EMNLP 2010, EMNLP 2011, and EMNLP-CoNLL 2012. Unfortunately, I couldn't tell which area chair(s) made these nominations since I reviewed for multiple tracks in each of these conferences.
  • In case you want to know whether you are my doctoral cousin, here is my doctoral ancestry (and the years in which they obtained their degrees): Claire Cardie (1994) → Wendy Lehnert (1977) → Roger Schank (1969) → Jacob Mey (1960) → Louis Hjelmslev (1923) → Holger Pedersen (1897).

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