Faculty & Research

Luke Zettlemoyer

Assistant Professor, Computer Science & Engineering

Luke Zettlemoyer

  • Ph.D. Computer Science, MIT 2009
  • M.S. Computer Science, MIT 2003
  • B.S. Computer Science, North Carolina State University 2000

Luke Zettlemoyer joins Computer Science & Engineering in the summer of 2010 following a postdoctoral research position at the University of Edinburgh.

Zettlemoyer's research focus is artificial intelligence. He has worked on problems in natural language processing, machine learning, and decision making under uncertainty. One goal of this work is to build automated systems that can have natural conversations with human users. He has worked on a number of aspects of this problem, including: (1) grammar induction techniques for learning to automatically convert sentences to logical representations of their underlying meaning, (2) methods for efficiently reasoning about nested beliefs ("I think that you think that I think..."), and (3) algorithms for model learning and decision making in large, structured environments. Broadly speaking, Zettlemoyer is interested in building systems that recover and make use of representations of the meaning of natural language text.

Among Zettlemoyer's honors is an NSF International Research Fellowship awarded in 2009.