Kathleen McKeown

Director of the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering

Henry and Gertrude Rothschild Professor of Computer Science

Office Location: Room 712, Schapiro CESPR

Institue Office: Room 524 Mudd

Email: kathy@cs.columbia.edu

Current Work

My interests lie in the area of natural language processing and in particular, natural language generation. We are currently working in three main areas. The first, summary generation, involves the generation of natural language text, or summaries, from data such as stock market statistics. We are also have a number of projects on text summarization. We are working on a generating summary updates over live multimedia information, on domain independent generation of summaries using a combination of statistical and linguistic techniques, and on generation of summaries across multiple, medical articles. In the second, statistical natural language, we are using statistical analysis of large text corpora to identify constraints on how words are used. Such results can be used to automate the development of a lexicon, or dictionary. Finally, we are also working on the generation of multimedia explanation, developing techniques to coordinate language and graphics, to produce explanations in the context of a human computer interface for medical information. Part of our interest here is on the generation of spoken language and differences with generation of text.

Biographical Information

Kathleen R. McKeown is the Henry and Gertrude Rothschild Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University and she also serves as the Director of the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering. She served as Department Chair from 1998-2003 and as Vice Dean for Research for the School of Engineering and Applied Science for two years. McKeown received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982 and has been at Columbia since then. Her research interests include text summarization, natural language generation, multi-media explanation, question-answering and multi-lingual applications.

In 1985 she received a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, in 1991 she received a National Science Foundation Faculty Award for Women, in 1994 she was selected as a AAAI Fellow, in 2003 she was elected as an ACM Fellow, and in 2012 she was selected as one of the Founding Fellows of the Association for Computational Linguistics. In 2010, she received the Anita Borg Women of Vision Award in Innovation for her work on text summarization. McKeown is also quite active nationally. She has served as President, Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Association of Computational Linguistics. She has also served as a board member of the Computing Research Association and as secretary of the board.

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