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    Dan Jurafsky

    Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor in Humanities and Professor of Computer Science

    BioDan Jurafsky is Professor and Chair of Linguistics and Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University.

    He is the recipient of a 2002 MacArthur Fellowship, is the co-author with Jim Martin of the widely-used textbook "Speech and Language Processing", and co-created with Chris Manning one of the first massively open online courses, Stanford's course in Natural Language Processing. His trade book "The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu" was a finalist for the 2015 James Beard Award.

    Dan received a B.A in Linguistics in 1983 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1992 from the University of California at Berkeley, was a postdoc 1992-1995 at the International Computer Science Institute, and was on the faculty of the University of Colorado, Boulder until moving to Stanford in 2003.

    His research area is computational linguistics, the use of computational methods to study text and speech. Most recently he and his lab have been studying how text and speech processing algorithms can be applied to questions in the social sciences and humanities, from linguistic questions like how meanings of words change over time, to social questions like how police and community members talk to each other or how political polarization spreads to, in his James Beard nominated book "The Language of Food", how we talk about food. He also works on engineering questions like how to better understand, interpret, and improve modern neural networks for better natural language processing.