My research area, computational linguistics, is a truly interdisciplinary subject: it is a scientific discipline with important industrial and engineering applications. Intellectually it draws primarily on linguistics and computer science, and these days it draws heavily on statistics and machine learning. My own work focuses on syntactic parsing, the detection and correction of speech errors, and explicit computational models of the acquisition of phonology and syntax.
After an undergraduate degree concentrating in Mathematics and Computer Science, I obtained a MA in Linguistics from UCSD, a PhD in Linguistics from Stanford and did a post-doc at MIT. I joined Brown from MIT, but I have had visiting researcher appointments at the University of Stuttgart, the Xerox Research Center in Grenoble and CSAIL at MIT, and I spent the 2006-07 academic year at Microsoft Research in Seattle.
MARK JOHNSON, PhD
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