MEDIA ADVISORY Pitt Computer Scientist Diane Litman is Available ...

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MEDIA ADVISORY




Pitt Computer Scientist Diane Litman is Availab
l
e to Discuss Watson
Technology


PITTSBURGH


Diane Litman,
University of Pittsburgh
Professor of C
omputer
S
cientist
,
current
D
irector of Pitt’s graduate Intelligent Systems Program,

and
a
S
enior
S
cientist at
Pitt’s

prestigious

Learning Research and Development Center

(LRDC)

is available to discuss

natural
language processing,
one component of t
he tech
nology

that makes

Watson

w
ork.


Watson, a computer developed by IBM researchers,
will be competing on the
television

show
Jeopardy against two human champions, beginning February 14
, 2011.

The first practice match
was
held in mid
-
January, and Watson
won.


Watson has been programmed w
ith millions of facts
acquired from various dictionaries and encyclopedias
;

it can sort through its entire database in
less than three seconds.



Litman’s

work is in the area of artificial
intel
ligence
, tutoring systems,
and natural language
processing.

Along with other colleagues at LRDC
, Litman has

developed computational
tutorial
dialogue systems, which

en
ga
ge students in conversations and promote

learning
.

Litman earned
her A.
B. in Mathematics and Computer Science from The College of William and Mary

in
Virginia
and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Rochester.

She
received the prestigious Visiting Professorship Award from The Leverhulme Trust

in 200
8
,
which allowed her to collaborate with fellow researchers at the University of Edinburgh in
Scotland.


F
rom

200
0
-
2003, Litman
served as
Chair of the
North American Chapter of the
Association for Computational Linguistics
.


The
L
earning
R
esearch and
D
evelopment
C
enter

is
an internationally re
nown
ed

research
center
that focu
s
es o
n cognition, learning, and
effective schooling
.

B
uilt
in 1963,

i
t
is

one

of
the only
three

frees
tanding institutions at the University of Pittsburgh.
The work of the LRDC exten
ds
throughout the entire

University, with m
ost fac
ulty

having

joint app
oin
t
men
t
s in their home
departme
nts, such as
psychology, computer

science, law,

education
, and
an appointment at
LRDC
.