Instructors

Dragomir Radev is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Information at the University of Michigan and also has an appointment in the Department of Linguistics. He has a PhD in Computer Science from Columbia University, where he also holds a Visiting Professor title. Dragomir's research is in Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval.
He is currently working in the fields of multi-document summarization, lexical semantics, multilingual NLP, open domain question answering, and the application of NLP to other areas such as Bioinformatics and Political Science.
Dragomir was the secretary of ACL (Association for Computational Linguistics) from 2006 to 2015 and will remain on the ACL executive committee in 2016 as Past Secretary. He is an ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Fellow. Dragomir is also the founding program chair of NACLO (North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad) and the head coach of the US team for the IOL (International Linguistics Olympiad).
Dragomir has close to 200 international publications as well as three patents. Dragomir has worked for or consulted for IBM, Yahoo, Microsoft, AT&T, and other companies. He has been funded by a number of agencies including NIH, NSF, DARPA, and IARPA. Dragomir is the recipient of the University of Michigan's Distinguished Faculty Award.

Cathy Finegan-Dollak is a PhD candidate in the EECS department at the University of Michigan, studying natural language processing (NLP) as part of the CLAIR group.
She received her bachelor's degree from Boston College and her juris doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law, and she practiced law for several years before coming to UMich.
She is interested in semantics: What information is in this document, how can we represent it, and what can we do with that representation? Currently she is exploring deep learning for tasks such as summarization, paraphrase detection, and textual entailment.