Vincent Ng

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

Contact Information

Office hours for Spring 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 (Interests, Papers, Data, Code/Software, Talks) | Professional Activities | Teaching | Miscellany ]

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, 2015)
  • National Science Foundation CISE IIS review panel (2008, 2009, 2010, 2014)
  • German Research Foundation (2012, 2014)
  • Editorial board member, Computational Linguistics (2014-2016)
  • Standing reviewer, Transactions of the ACL (2012-2016)
  • Information officer, SIGHAN (2014-2015)
  • Workshop organization
    • The 8th SIGHAN Workshop on Chinese Language Processing (SIGHAN-8)
  • Journal referee (recent) [I am overwhelmed with reviewing and cannot accept journal review requests at this time unless they are from CL or TACL.]
    • Transactions of the ACL (2014; 10 articles)
    • Computational Linguistics (2014, 5 articles)
    • ACM Computing Surveys (2014)
    • Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (2014, 2 articles)
    • IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (2004)
    • IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing (2014)
  • Current program committees and conference/workshop review panels
    • 16th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL 2015)
    • ACL-IJCNLP 2015: Student Research Workshop
    • ACL-IJCNLP 2015: System Demonstrations
    • 21st ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD 2015)
    • 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and 7th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (ACL-IJCNLP 2015)
    • Fourth Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics (*SEM 2015)
    • The 2015 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL HLT 2015)
    • 25th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2015)
    • Eighth ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM 2015)
  • More ...


  • CS 4365: Artificial Intelligence (Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015)
  • 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))
  • CS 2305: Discrete Math for Computing I (Fall 2004)

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 current 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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