Vincent Ng

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

Contact Information

Office hours for Spring 2016:
   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 ]

Coreference researchers: Please consider submitting your work to the NAACL HLT 2016 Workshop on Coreference Resolution beyond OntoNotes (CORBON 2016).

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.

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

  • Local organizer, North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) Dallas site (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • National Science Foundation CISE IIS review panel (2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2016)
  • Editorial board member, Computational Linguistics (2014-2016)
  • Standing reviewer, Transactions of the ACL (2012-2016)
  • Information officer, SIGHAN (2014-2015)
  • Workshop co-organizer
    • NAACL HLT 2016 Workshop on Coreference Resolution beyond OntoNotes (CORBON 2016)
  • Journal referee (recent) [I am overwhelmed with reviewing and cannot accept journal review requests at this time unless they are from CL or TACL.]
    • Natural Language Engineering (2016)
    • Computational Linguistics (2015)
    • Transactions of the ACL (2015; 5 articles)
    • IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing (2015)
    • IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (2015)
  • Current program committees and conference/workshop review panels
    • Twenty-Fifth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2016)
    • AI & the Web Track, Twenty-Fifth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2016)
    • 10th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2016)
    • 22nd ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD 2016)
    • 54th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2016)
    • ACL 2016: Student Research Workshop
    • 2016 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL HLT 2016)
    • 26th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2016)
    • Thirtieth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2016)
  • More ...


  • CS 4365: Artificial Intelligence (Spring 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • CS 4365H: Artificial Intelligence Honors (Spring 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • CS 4375: Introduction to Machine Learning (Fall 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, Spring 2016)
  • CS 6364: Artificial Intelligence (Spring 2009, 2011)
  • CS 6375: Machine Learning (Fall 2005, 2006, 2007, 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).

Last modified: Fri Dec 25 23:17:56 2015

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