InterSpeech 2015

Ketchup, Interdisciplinarity, and the Spread of Innovation in Speech and Language Processing

Dan Jurafsky
Stanford, California, United States


Dan Jurafsky is Professor and Chair of Linguistics and Professor of Computer Science, at Stanford University. He is a computational linguist, with special interests in the automatic extraction of meaning from speech and text in English and Chinese. His most recent work has focused on applying natural language processing to the behavioral and social sciences. Dan is a 2002 MacArthur Fellowship recipient, co-wrote the widely-used textbook "Speech and Language Processing and is also interested in the linguistics of food. His latest book, "The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu", was nominated for the 2015 James Beard Award.


I show how natural language processing can help model the spread of innovation through scientific communities, with special focus on the history of speech and language processing, and the important role of interdisciplinarity.