This annual one-day event brings together scholars from across the social sciences who are using natural language processing and related tools to better understand human behavior.

2020 Conference

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Keynote Speaker: Noah Smith
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington.

Noah Smith designs data-driven algorithms for automated analysis of human language. His work tackles the core problems of natural language processing: parsing sentences in different languages into syntactic representations and semantic representations, as well as cross-cutting techniques for unsupervised language learning. His 2011 book, Linguistic Structure Prediction, synthesizes many statistical modeling techniques for language.

2019 Conference

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Credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Keynote Speaker: Jon Kleinberg
Professor of Computer Science and of Information Science, Cornell University.

Jon Kleinberg is a professor at Cornell University. His research focuses on the interaction of algorithms and networks, and the roles they play in large-scale social and information systems. His work has been supported by an NSF Career Award, an ONR Young Investigator Award, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a Packard Foundation Fellowship, a Simons Investigator Award, a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, and grants from Facebook, Google, Yahoo, the MacArthur Foundation, the ARO, and the NSF. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

2018 Conference

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Keynote Speakers:

Lillian Lee
Professor of Computer Science and of Information Science,  Cornell University; Co-Editor-in-Chief, Transactions of the ACL

James W. Pennebaker
Regents Centennial Chair of Psychology and the Executive Director of Project 2021, University of Texas at Austin

Wharton Organizers


Jonah Berger
Associate Professor of Marketing


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Robert Meyer
Frederick H. Ecker/MetLife Insurance Professor; Professor of Marketing; Co-Director, Risk Management, Decision Processes Center

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