Research Interests

My current research interests revolve around hate speech, especially Islamophobia. I am also interested in computational humor.

This explains the overall motivations for the Islamophobia and Natural Language Processing project (July 23, 2019)
Subsequent updates are available on my home page.

Other Current Research Activities

I review for conferences and workshops from time to time.

We have a research group for both graduate and undergraduate students interested in NLP.

We are regular participants in shared tasks.

I sometimes visit and give talks at other places.


Previous Research Projects:

These projects are for the most part no longer under active development although I am happy to discuss with anyone who has interest!

..... SenseClusters ..... Ngram Statistics Package ..... WordNet::Similarity ..... UMLS::Similarity ..... WordNet::SenseRelate ..... Supervised WSD .....

Related Links:

........... Publications ........... Software ........... Data ...........


Previous External Funding:


Other Previous Research Activities:

I was the Program Chair (with Christy Doran and Thamar Solorio, June 2018 - Oct 2018) of NAACL-HLT 2019 (June 2 - 7, 2019, Minneapolis)

I was a member of the NAACL Executive Board Nominating Committee (2010-2013).

I was a member of the ACM SIGHIT Advisory Board (March 2011 - December 2012).

I was a member of the Scientific Board of SILT (Sustainable Interoperability for Language Technology) (2009 - 2011).

I gave a tutorial on Measuring the Similarity and Relatedness of Concepts in the Medical Domain at ACM IHI 2012 in Miami (with Serguei Pakhomov, Bridget McInnes, and Ying Liu).

I was the co-chair of a NAACL-HLT 2010 workshop (with Thamar Solorio). It was the Young Investigators Workshop on Compuational Approaches to Languages of the Americas.

I was an elected member (2009-2010) of the Executive Board of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL) .

I gave the keynote talk at SETQA-NLP 2009 (a NAACL 2009 workshop) Didn't attend? See the slides and listen to the audio!

I was a member of the Editorial Board (2003-2005) of the journal Computational Linguistics .

I was the Secretary of the ACL Special Interest Group on Lexical Semantics (SIGLEX) (2004-2006)

I have co-organized two workshops on parallel text (at NAACL-2003 with Rada Mihalcea and at ACL-2005 with Joel Martin and Rada Mihalcea) and the interactive poster and demonstration session (at ACL-2005 with Masaki Nagata).

Rada Mihalcea and I gave a tutorial on Word Sense Disambiguation in 2004 and 2005.

I gave a tutorial on Unsupervised Clustering of Similar Contexts (i.e., SenseClusters) in 2005, 2006, and 2007.

We have interesting visitors at the NLP group at UMD every now and then.

Brian Rassier and I created the Registry of Latin American Researchers in NLP and CL in 2001, and I maintained it and kept it running until 2013.

The UMD Department of Computer Science has a Colloquia Series that I coordinated (2002-2005).

I am an academic great great great grandson of Wilfred Sellars. Here's how.


By: Ted Pedersen - tpederse AT d umn edu