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Roger Levy


Roger Levy

Associate Professor
UC San Diego

Roger Levy is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, San Diego, where he directs the Computational Psycholinguistics Laboratory. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Arizona and his M.S. in Anthropological Sciences and Ph.D. in Linguistics from Stanford University. He was a UK ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh prior to his current appointment at UCSD. He is the recipient of NSF CAREER and Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship awards, and in 2013-2014 is a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.  Levy's research focuses on theoretical and applied questions in the processing of human language comprehension, production, and acquisition, and in the representation of grammatical knowledge. Inherently, linguistic communication involves the resolution of uncertainty over a potentially unbounded set of possible signals and meanings. How can a fixed set of knowledge and resources be deployed to manage this uncertainty, and how can the requisite knowledge be acquired? To address these questions Levy use a combination of computational modeling, psycholinguistic experimentation, and corpus analysis. This work furthers our understanding of the cognitive underpinnings of human language, and helps us design models and algorithms that will allow machines to process human language.

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