Michael  Gasser

Michael Gasser

Associate Professor Emeritus of Informatics and Computing

Associate Professor of Cognitive Science

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  • Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at UCLA, 1988


Michael Gasser is a computational linguist and cognitive scientist. For 18 years his research was concerned with computational modeling of human language acquisition, relational knowledge, and rhythm processing, especially using neural networks. More recently he has turned his attention to applications of computational linguistics to the democratization of knowledge. The main focus of this work is the building of practical systems that process some of the disadvantaged languages of the Global South and can be applied to tasks such as translation, language teaching, information retrieval, and language revitalization. This work currently concentrates on the major languages of Ethiopia and several indigenous languages of the Americas.

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