Sanda Harabagiu
Professor and Erik Jonsson School Research Initiation Chair
Department of Computer Science
University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, TX 75083-0688
Office: ECSS-3.411
Phone: (972) 883-4654
Fax: (972) 883-2349
I joined the Computer Science Department at U.T.Dallas in January 2002, coming from U.T. Austin, where I was a faculty member in the Department of Computer Sciences. My research interests include Natural Language Processing, Information Retrieval, Knowledge Processing, Artificial Intelligence and more recently Medical Informatics. I have been interested for a long time in Textual Question-Answering, reference resolution and textual cohesion and coherence. In 2006 I co-edited a book entitled Advances in Open Domain Question Answering. I have also co-organized several workshops, symposia, tutorials and research tracks focusing on Textual Question-Answering or Reference Resolution. In my research I combine knowledge extracted from the World Wide Web with knowledge coerced from large lexical databases (e.g. WordNet or FrameNet) to be able to model the semantics of language in texts. Semantic interpretations made possible by lexical data inform various textual inference tasks that I am studying. Examples of forms of textual inference that interest me are: Temporal Inference, Causal Inference, Spatial Inference. I am particularly fascinated by the textual inference that can be performed in complex domains, e.g. inference of concepts and relations in Electronic Medical Records, coreference, spatial and temporal grounding in different types of clinical documents.

I am a past recipient of an NSF CAREER Grant for studying reference resolution.

I am a member of AMIA, AAAI, ACL, ACM SIGIR, IEEE Computer Society. I am also the Director of the Human Language Technology Research Institute at University of Texas at Dallas.