Dr. Dan Roth

Founder & Chief Scientist



Dr. Dan Roth is the Eduardo D. Glandt Distinguished Professor at the Department of Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania. Until May 15, 2017 he was a Founder Professor of Engineering at the Computer Science Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with positions at the Beckman Institute, the Statistics, Linguistics and ECE Departments and at the graduate School of Library and Information Science. 

Roth is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and the Association of Computational Linguistics (ACL), for his contributions to Machine Learning and to Natural Language Processing. 

Roth is the winner of the 2017 John McCarthy Award by the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence Organization (IJCAI). The IJCAI John McCarthy Award is the highest award the AI community gives to mid-career AI researchers who are 15 to 25 years past their PhD. Roth was recognized "for major conceptual and theoretical advances in the modeling of natural language understanding, machine learning, and reasoning." 

He has published broadly in machine learning, natural language processing, knowledge representation and reasoning and learning theory, and has developed advanced machine learning based tools for natural language applications that are being used widely by the research community.

Prof. Roth has given keynote talks in major conferences, including AAAI, The Conference of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence; EMNLP, The Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing, ECML & PKDD, the European Conference on Machine Learning and the Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases, and EACL, the European Conference of Computational Linguistics. He has also presented several tutorials in universities and conferences including at ACL and the European ACL and has won several teaching and best paper awards. 

Until February 2017 Roth was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR). He served on the board of several of the major journals in his research areas, was the program chair of AAAI'11, ACL'03 and CoNLL'02, and serves regularly as an area chair and senior program committee member in the major conferences in his research areas. 

Prof. Roth got his B.A. Summa cum laude in Mathematics from the Technion, Israel and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard University in 1995.