The natural language processing community at USC is one of the largest in the country, spanning a wide range of research areas and applications. We invite you to explore these pages to learn about us, our work, and how you can get involved.
Imagine talking to a computer system that looks and acts almost human—it converses, it understands, it can reason, and exhibit emotion. USC is at the forefront of building dialogue systems as well as technologies for virtual humans. Faculty: David Traum, Ron Artstein, David DeVault, Kallirroi Georgila, Anton Leuski, Nanyun (Violet) Peng.
Researchers at USC are developing state-of-the-art methods for gathering, sifting, and organizing information from the Web and social media to rapidly, accurately, and completely cover any area of interest. Faculty: Jerry Hobbs, Kevin Knight, Nanyun (Violet) Peng, Xiang Ren.
USC is home to many of the ideas that drive the world’s best machine translation systems. Some current areas of focus are semantics-based translation and translation in new genres and domains. Faculty: Kevin Knight, Jonathan May.
Our research on speech focuses especially on domains with direct societal relevance, such as health (autism, disordered speech production), education (literacy and language learning), and defense (speech recognition and translation, virtual humans). Faculty: Shrikanth Narayanan, Panos Georgiou, Sungbok Lee, Fei Sha.