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Research Interests

Ptofessor Downey's research is focused on natural language processing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, with a particular interest in the automatic construction of useful knowledge bases from Web text. One goal is to develop techniques and prototypes that extend the state of the art in Web search. Another goal is to theoretically investigate and establish a formal basis for techniques that can learn from unstructured text alone, without hand-labeled data.

More generally, Prof. Downey works on ways to utilize human input more effectively in machine learning. Two directions in this effort involve selecting human input carefully (active learning) or utilizing it in concert with unlabeled data (semi-supervised learning).

Education/Academic qualification

Computer Science and Engineering, PhD, University of Washington

… → 2008

Computer Science and Engineering, MS, University of Washington

… → 2004

Computer Science, Minors in Mathematics and Economics, BS/MS, Case Western Reserve University

… → 2000

Research interests

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Machine learning
  • Natural language processing


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