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Larry Birnbaum received his PhD in computer science from Yale University in 1986, and joined the Northwestern faculty in 1989. His research in artificial intelligence and computer science has encompassed natural language processing, case-based reasoning, machine learning, human-computer interaction, educational software, and computer vision. Birnbaum has authored or coauthored more than eighty articles. He was the program cochair of the 1991 International Machine Learning Workshop and has been a member of the program committee for numerous other conferences and workshops.

Projects

Beyond Broadcast
Brussell
Compare&Contrast
I2I
Listening Post
LocalSavvy
MakeMyPage
Point/Counterpoint
So You Say
Spectrum
Stats Monkey
Tell Me More
Watson

Papers

Beyond Similarity
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Information access in context
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XLibris: An Automated Library Research Assistant
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Beyond Broadcast
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Beyond Broadcast: a demo
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Low-Fidelity Location Based Information Systems
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Analogy, Intelligent IR, and Knowledge Integration for Intelligence Analysis
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Using Explicit Semantic Models to Track Situations across News Articles
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Context Transformations for Just-in-time Retrieval: Adapting the Watson System to User Needs
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TagAssist: Automatic Tag Suggestion for Blog Posts
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Learning to Gesture: Applying animations To Spoken Text
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Measuring Semantic Similarity between Named Entities by Searching the Web Directory
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Compare&Contrast: Using the Web to Discover Comparable Cases for News Stories
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What Do They Think? Aggregating Local Views about News Events and Topics
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LocalSavvy: Aggregating Local Points of View about News Issues
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Pivot: Automatically Offering Information and Services to Real-World Shoppers
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Categorizing Blogger’s Interests Based on Short Snippets of Blog Posts
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Rich Interfaces for Reading News on the Web
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MakeMyPage: Social Media Meets Automatic Content Generation
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Synergy Between Automatic Content Generation and Social Media
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Tell Me More, not just "More of the Same"
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Finding New Information via Robust Entity Detection
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