Professor Dan Roth elected Fellow of AAAI

September 2009
By Nancy Komlanc

University of Illinois computer science Professor Dan Roth is a newly elected Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). AAAI is the premier artificial intelligence (AI) professional society. Each year, a small number of distinguished AI researchers are elected AAAI Fellows by the membership of AAAI for their unusual distinction in the profession and for their sustained contributions to the field for a decade or more. This election recognizes Professor Roth as one of the foremost researchers in the AI community “for significant contributions to the foundations of machine learning and inference and to developing learning-centered solutions to natural language problems.”

Dr. Roth’s research interests focus on the computational foundations of intelligent behavior. He has made seminal contributions to several aspects of this problem—from theoretical questions
in Learning and Reasoning, to new models and algorithms that have contributed significantly to the use of machine learning and inference techniques in natural language processing.

He has published broadly in machine learning, natural language processing, knowledge representation and reasoning and learning theory, and has developed advanced machine learning based tools for natural language applications that are being used widely by the research community, including an award winning Semantic Parser.

Dr. Roth is the Director of the DHS Institute of Discrete Science Center for Multimodal Information Access & Synthesis Research (MIAS). He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard University in 1995 and is a Willett Faculty Scholar of the College of Engineering (UIUC).