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Sanda Maria Harabagiu
Associate Professor-Computer Science
Office MailstopMail Box: EC31, ECSS-3.908A, Room No.: ECSS 3.411 
Email Address  sanda@hlt.utdallas.edu    Primary Phone Number 972-883-4654    Fax Number (972) 883-2349    URL Faculty Homepage    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
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 DegreeMajorInstitutionYear
 Ph.D.Computer EngineeringUniversity of Southern California1997
 DoctorateElectrical Engineering and Computer ScienceUniversity of Rome1994
 DiplomaEngineer in Computer Science and EngineeringPolytechnic Institute of Bucharest1983
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Research Interests
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Information Retrieval
  • Knowledge Processing
  • Artificial Intelligence
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2012
A supervised framework for resolving corefence in clinical records. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA), 2012(19):5:875-882. doi:10.1136/amiajnl-2012-000810 Kirk Roberts and Sanda M. Harabagiu
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2011
Kirk Roberts and Sanda M. Harabagiu
Unsupervised Learning of Selectional Restrictions and Detection of Argument Coercions in the Proceedings of the 2011 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2011), pages 980–990, July 2011, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

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2011
Bryan Rink, Sanda M. Harabagiu and Kirk Roberts
Automatic extraction of relations between medical concepts in clinical texts. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA), 2011(18)594-600. doi:10.1136/amiajnl-2011-000153.

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2011
Travis Goodwin, Bryan Rink, Kirk Roberts and Sanda M. Harabagiu
Cohort Shepherd: Discovering Cohort Traits from Hospital Visits in the Proceedings of the Twentieth Text REtrieval Conference (TREC 2011), Gaithersburg, Maryland, November 15-18, 2011.

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2011
Bryan Rink and Sanda M. Harabagiu
A generative model for unsupervised discovery of relations and argument classes from clinical texts in the Proceedings of the 2011 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2011), pages 519–528, July 2011, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

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2003 2003 Empowering Today's Customers with New Tools for Information Seeking
S. Harabagiu, Empowering Today's Customers with New Tools for Information Seeking, Keynote Invited Speech, Langtech 2003, Paris, France.
11/2006 11/2006 Current and Future Trends in Question Answering
S. Harabagiu, Current and Future Trends in Question Answering, Distinguished Lecturer Symposium Series, Johns Hopkins' Center for Language and Speech Processing, November 2006.
07/2006 07/2006 Scenario-Based Question Answering
S. Harabagiu, Scenario-Based Question Answering, Keynote Invited Speech, COLING/ACL-2006 Workshop on Task-Focused Summarization and Question Answering, July 2006, Sydney Australia.
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2002-PresentAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Computer Science The University of Texas at Dallas
2001-2002Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Computer Science The University of Texas
1998-2001Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Computer Science and Engineering Southern Methodist University
1997-1998Researcher Artificial Intelligence CenterSRI International
1996-1997Research AssociateDepartment of Computer Science and Engineering Southern Methodist University
1994-1996Research AssistantDepartment of Computer Science and Engineering Souther Methodist University
1992-1993Research AssistantDepartment of Electrical Engineering-Systems University of Southern California
1991-1993Research Fellow  Fondazione Ugo Bordoni
1985-1991Researcher  INCREST (Romanian National Research Institute)
1983-1985Computer Engineer  INCREST (Romanian National Research Institute)
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Prof Calls ‘Jeopardy!’ Match a Computing Milestone
UT Dallas News Center

When an IBM supercomputer named Watson takes on human contestants on the quiz show Jeopardy! this week, it will represent the latest triumph of advances that could one day enable people to interact much more naturally with computers, according to a UT Dallas expert in human-machine interaction.
 
“This is a milestone because Watson will compete directly against humans, and moreover against the champions of Jeopardy!” said Dr. Sanda Harabagiu, a leader in the field of human-computer interaction for more than a decade. “This is important, and it’s a more realistic gauge than simply comparing a system to search engines.”
 
It’s hard enough to create a system that can interact via spoken language fast enough to compete on Jeopardy!, but Harabagiu and her collaborators in the University’s Human Language Technology Research Institute are already working on even more complex human-computer interactions.

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Honors and Awards
  • AQUAINT-3 award AQUINAS: Answering Questions Using INference and Advanced Semantics", 2006-2008.
  • AQUAINT-2 award "AQUINAS: Answering Questions Using INference and Advanced Semantics", 2004-2008.
  • AQUAINT award "Computational Implicatures for Advanced Question Answering", 2002-2005.
  • National Science Foundation Faculty Early CAREER Development Award, 2000-2005.
  • National Science Foundation award "CADRE: A Tool for Transforming WordNet into a Core Knowledge Base", 2000-2004.
  • ARP award "Open-Domain Information Extraction", 2002-2004. Southern Methodist University Research Award, 1999-2000.
  • Fondazione Ugo Bordoni Research Award, 1991-1993.

Professional Activities
  • Organizer with Drs. Daniel Bobrow, Dan Moldovan, Christopher Manning, Srini Narayanan and Ken Forbus of the AAAI-05 Workshop on Inference for Textual Question Answering, July 9 2005, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Co-chair with Dr. David Farwell of the ACL-2004 Workshop on Reference Resolution and its Applications, Barcelona, Spain, July 2004.
  • Co-instructor with Dr. Srini Narayanan of the HLT-NAACL'2004 Tutorial on Semantic Inference for Question Answering, Boston MA, May 2004.
  • Co-chair with Finley Lacatusu of the HLT-NAACL'2004 Workshop on Pragmatics of Question Answering, Boston MA, May 2004.
  • Co-chair with Prof. Rodolfo Delmonte of the 2003 International Symposium on Reference Resolution for Question Answering and Summarization, Venice, Italy, June 2003.
  • Co-Chair with Drs. Nancy Chinchor, Beth Hezler and Lucy Nowell of the ACL'2002 Workshop on Natural Language Processing and Vizualization.
  • Co-chair with Dr. Vinay Chaudhri of the AAAI-2002 Spring Symposium on Mining Answers from Texts and Knowledge Bases, Stanford University, March 2002.
  • Co-chair with Prof. Antonio Ferrandez Rodriguez of the 2002 International Symposium on Reference Resolution in Natural Language Processing, Alicante, Spain, June 2002.
  • Instructor of the COLING-2002 Tutorial on Question/Answering Systems.
  • Co-instructor with Prof. Dan Moldovan of the IJCAI-2001 Tutorial on Question/Answering Systems.
  • Co-instructor with Prof. Dan Moldovan of the NA-ACL-2001 Tutorial on Question/Answering Systems.
  • Co-Organizer with Prof. Dan Moldovan of the NA-ACL'2001 Workshop WordNet and other Lexical Resources - Extensions and NLP Applications.
  • Co-Organizer with Yael Ravin and John Prager from IBM Research of the ACL'2001 Workshop on Open-Domain Question Answering.
  • Led the research committee that developed the Roadmap for Question Answering Research for the years 2001-2006. This activity has been undertaken under the DARPA TIDES project.
  • Co-Organizer with Joyce Chai from Duke University of the COLING-ACL '98 Workshop on Usage of WordNet in Natural Language Processing Systems, 1998.
  • Editor Proceedings of the COLING-ACL'98 Workshop on the Usage of WordNet in Natural Language Processing Systems, Montreal, Canada, August 1998.

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