Sad News: R.I.P. Aravind Joshi

The ACL sadly received the message about the passing away of Professor Aravind Joshi on New Year’s Eve 2017. Aravind was one of the pioneers of computational linguistics and made enormous contributions to our field, in particular related to syntax and discourse. In recognition of his contributions he received the first ACL Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. He also served as ACL President in 1975. His death is a great loss for the many of us who have known and worked with him over his long career, and for the ACL community.

Marti Hearst
President of ACL


What is computational linguistics?

Computational linguistics is the scientific study of language from a computational perspective. Computational linguists are interested in providing computational models of various kinds of linguistic phenomena. These models may be "knowledge-based" ("hand-crafted") or "data-driven" ("statistical" or "empirical"). Work in computational linguistics is in some cases motivated from a scientific perspective in that one is trying to provide a computational explanation for a particular linguistic or psycholinguistic phenomenon; and in other cases the motivation may be more purely technological in that one wants to provide a working component of a speech or natural language system. Indeed, the work of computational linguists is incorporated into many working systems today, including speech recognition systems, text-to-speech synthesizers, automated voice response systems, web search engines, text editors, language instruction materials, to name just a few.

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