Kenneth W. Church  Kenneth W. Church photo       

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Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA


Professional Associations

Professional Associations:  Association for Computational Linguistics  |  International Speech Communication Association (ISCA)


I have worked on many topics in computational linguistics including: web search, language modeling, text analysis, spelling correction, word-sense disambiguation, terminology, translation, lexicography, compression, speech (recognition and synthesis), OCR, as well as applications that go well beyond computational linguistics such as revenue assurance and virtual integration (using screen scraping and web crawling to integrate systems that traditionally don't talk together as well as they could such as billing and customer care)

I enjoy working with very large corpora such as the Associated Press newswire (1 million words per week) and larger datasets such as telephone call detail (1-10 billion records per month).

  • Education: MIT (1974-1983)
  • Employment:
    • AT&T (1983-2003)
    • Microsoft (2003-2009)
    • Johns Hopkins University (2009-2011)
    • IBM (2011-
  • Service:
    • ACL President (2012)
    • SIGDAT (Special Interest Group that organizes EMNLP) President (1993-2011)
  • Honors: AT&T Fellow (2001)