Vincent Ng

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

Contact Information

Office hours for Summer 2017:
   By appointment only

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 ]

UT Dallas CS undergrads: If you received an A or 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.

Upcoming Events

  • Journal of Natural Language Engineering Special Issue on Knowledge-Rich Coreference Resolution (Submission deadline: indefinitely extended)
  • EACL 2017 Workshop (April 4): CORBON 2017: Coreference Resolution Beyond OntoNotes (with M. Ogrodniczuk)
  • IJCAI 2017 Tutorial (Aug 19-21): Markov Logic Networks: Recent Advances and Practical Applications (with D. Venugopal and V. Gogate)


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:

Some items that may be of interest:

Professional Activities

  • Local organizer, North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) Dallas site (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • National Science Foundation CISE IIS review panel (2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2016)
  • Information officer, SIGHAN (2014-2017)
  • Journal editorial boards
  • Recent conference committees
    • Senior Program Committee, Thirty-Second AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2018)
    • Best Paper Award Committee, 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2016)
    • Steering Committee, 11th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation (SemEval 2017)
    • Senior Program Committee, Thirty-First AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2017)
    • Student Scholarship Chair and Student Volunteer Coordinator, 2016 Conference on Empirical Methods in NLP (EMNLP 2016)
    • Area Chair, 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2016)
    • Senior Program Committee, Thirtieth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2016)
    • Area chair, the 2015 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL HLT 2015)
  • Recent tutorials
    • IJCAI 2017 Tutorial (Aug 19-21): Markov Logic Networks: Recent Advances and Practical Applications
    • EMNLP 2016 Tutorial (Nov 1): Advanced Markov Logic Techniques for Scalable Joint Inference in NLP (with D. Venugopal and V. Gogate)
    • IJCAI 2016 Tutorial (July 11): Coreference Resolution: Successes and Challenges
    • Tutorial given at the 10th CIPS Summer School on Human Language Technology (July 24, 2015): Coreference Resolution
  • Workshop co-organizer
    • EACL 2017 Workshop on Coreference Resolution Beyond OntoNotes (CORBON 2017)
    • COLING 2016 Workshop on Natural Language Processing Techniques for Educational Applications (NLP-TEA-3)
    • NAACL HLT 2016 Workshop on Coreference Resolution beyond OntoNotes (CORBON 2016)
    • The 8th SIGHAN Workshop on Chinese Language Processing (SIGHAN-8)
  • Journal referee [I am overwhelmed with reviewing and cannot accept journal review requests at this time unless they are from CL.]
  • University committees
    • Vice Chair, Senate Committee on Effective Teaching (2015-2017)
    • Member, UT Dallas ROTA selection committee (2017)
    • Member, selection committee for President's Award for Undergraduate Teaching for Tenured/Tenure-track and Contingent Faculty
  • More ...

Miscellaneous Stuff

  • Computer Science Rankings: a conference publication-based ranking of CS departments
  • Most Influential Scholars: a ranking of CS researchers by the cumulative number of citations of top conference papers
  • I am the professor of artificial intelligence for the undergrads. I have had some good times with them in events like this and this.
  • 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.
  • 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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