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Prof. Andrew McCallum named an AAAI Fellow

Professor Andrew McCallum was elected as a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) "for significant contributions to the theory and application of information extraction, natural language processing, data mining, machine learning, and their integration." The AAAI will celebrate the newly elected Fellows at a dinner during IJCAI-09 in Pasadena, California. The dinner will be held on Tuesday evening, July 14 at the Hilton Hotel in Pasadena.

Prof. McCallum is the Director of the Information Extraction and Synthesis Laboratory (IESL). His research interests are in information extraction, knowledge discovery from text, statistical natural language processing, machine learning, and graphical models. The main goal of McCallum's research is to dramatically increase our ability to mine actionable knowledge from unstructured text. He is especially interested in information extraction from the Web, understanding the connections among people and between organizations, expert finding, social network analysis, and mining the scientific literature. Toward this end he and his group develop and employ various methods in statistical machine learning, natural language processing, information retrieval and data mining---tending toward probabilistic approaches and graphical models. He is one of the pioneers in the development of conditional random fields. As a demonstration of his research, his group has created the research paper search engine at http://www.rexa.info.