Kenneth Church




Phone: +1 410 949 6340
Address: 810 Wyman Park Drive

Baltimore, MD 21211


I am the Chief Scientist of the Human Language Technology Center of Excellence at the Johns Hopkins University.



·       VP-elect of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL)

·       President of SIGDAT (special interest group that organizes EMNLP conferences)


Before moving to Hopkins, I was a researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, and before that I was the head of a data mining department in AT&T Labs-Research (formally AT&T Bell Labs). I received my BS, Masters and PhD from MIT in computer science in 1978, 1980 and 1983, respectively. I enjoy working with very large corpora such as the Associated Press newswire (1 million words per week) and larger datasets such as telephone call detail (1-10 billion records per month). I have worked on many topics in computational linguistics including: web search, language modeling, text analysis, spelling correction, word-sense disambiguation, terminology, translation, lexicography, compression, speech (recognition and synthesis), OCR, as well as applications that go well beyond computational linguistics such as revenue assurance and virtual integration (using screen scraping and web crawling to integrate systems that traditionally don't talk together as well as they could such as billing and customer care).




Teaching: 600.103 Fundamentals of Practical Computing (as well as backup)