Archived News

  • November 2016: Invited panelist at AI XPRIZE + Pittsburgh's AI Experts
  • November 2016: Invited speaker at NSF-supported EMNLP workshop on Uphill Battles in Language Processing: Scaling Early Achievements to Robust Methods

  • Fall 2015: Shaw Visiting professor, Computer Science Department, National University of Singapore
  • August 2015: Elected to 3 year term as Councilor, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
  • August 2015: Summarizing Student Reflection Corpus is now available for scientific purposes (download)
  • January-April 2015: Derek Brewer Visiting Fellow, Emmanuel College, Cambridge University

  • December 2014: Michael Lipschultz defends his dissertation!
  • September 2014: ISCA Best Paper Published in Speech Communication (2011-2013) for "Benefits and challenges of real-time uncertainty detection and adaptation in a spoken dialogue computer tutor" (with K. Forbes-Riley)
  • September 2014: Keynote Speaker, Fifth International Conference on Computational Models of Argument
  • August 2014: Wenting Xiong defends her dissertation!
  • May 2014: Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Award
  • May 2014: Invited Speaker, Computational Linguistics and Educational Technology
  • Winter 2014: Google Faculty Research Award (Natural Language Processing) (Pitt Chronicle listing)

  • September 2013: CS Department Teaching Award, graduate seminar category
  • September 2013: Invited Speaker, Cambridge English Centenary Symposium on Speaking Assessment
  • August 2013: Keynote Speaker, SLaTe Workshop (Speech & Language Technology in Education)
  • May 2013: LRDC turns 50 (see Today section)

  • July 2012: Keynote Speaker, 13th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue (video)

  • Summer 2011: Pitt Magazine features NLP faculty!
  • August 2011: Awarded Senior Member status by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI and Pitt announcements)
  • March 2011: U. of Pittsburgh participant in IBM Watson comes to Pitt and CMU; Pitt Panel; IBM Interview and CMU Q/A; Converge article

  • June 2010: Art Ward (6/23/10) defends his dissertation!
  • June 2010: Best Paper Award at the 10th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems for Do Micro-Level Tutorial Decisions Matter: Applying Reinforcement Learning to Induce Pedagogical Tutorial Tactics (by Chi, VanLehn and Litman)

  • November 2009: University Times and School of Arts and Sciences on latest NSF award
  • September 2008 - November 2009: Mihai Rotaru (9/11/08), Hua Ai (9/21/09), and Min Chi (11/20/09) defend their dissertations!

  • June 2008: Uncertainty Corpus is now available for scientific purposes through the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center's Datashop
  • Aug. 2007 - July 2008: Leverhulme Visiting Professor, University of Edinburgh (Informatics). Here is my UK Leverhulme Lecture series.
  • April 2008: Invited Speaker, Affective Language in Human and Machine Symposium of the AISB Convention
  • February 2008: Distinguished Lecturer, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh.

  • June 2007: U. of Pittsburgh Exhibitor, Coalition for National Science Funding, Capitol Hill.
  • April 2007: Best Paper Award (Late-Breaking News) at HLT-NAACL 2007 for Exploring Affect-Context Dependencies for Adaptive System Development by Forbes-Riley, Rotaru, Litman, and Tetreault

  • September 2006: People's Choice Best Paper Award for Discourse Structure and Speech Recognition Problems (by Mihai Rotaru and Diane Litman), Ninth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (Interspeech/ICSLP), 2006
  • July 2006: Invited Speaker at 7th SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue
  • June 2006: Keynote Speaker at Human Language Technology Conference/North American chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics Annual Meeting (ppt)

  • September 2005: Speech Communications Best Paper Award 2003-2004 was given by the European Association for Signal Processing (Eurasip) for "Prosodic and other cues to speech recognition failures" by Hirschberg, Litman and Swerts

  • June 2004: Teaching Computers to Teach Like Humans, Pitt Chronicle