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Professor Mark Steedman

BSc USyd, PhD UOE, FBA , FRSE , FBA , FRSE .

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

Phone : +44 131 650 4631
Fax : +44 131 650 6626
email : steedman@inf.ed.ac.uk
Homepage : http://www.inf.ed.ac.uk/people/staff/Mark_Steedman.html

External Address

School of Informatics
University of Edinburgh, UK

Profile

Mark Steedman has been Professor of Cognitive Science in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh since 1998. Previously, he was Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania, which he joined as Associate Professor in 1988, after teaching at the Universities of Warwick and Edinburgh. His PhD is in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh. He was a Alfred P. Sloan Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin in 1980/81, and a Visiting Professor at Penn in 1986/87. He is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the Association for Computational Linguistics, and a Member of the European Academy.

His research interests cover issues in computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, computer science and cognitive science, including syntax and semantics of natural languages and programming languages, wide-coverage parsing, comprehension of natural language discourse by humans and by machine, grammar-based language modeling, natural language generation, and intonation in spoken discourse. Much of his current NLP research is addressed to probabilistic parsing and issues in spoken discourse and dialogue using the CCG grammar formalism, especially the semantics of intonation and the acquisiton of language by child and machine. He sometimes works with colleagues in computer animation using these theories to guide the graphical animation of speaking virtual or simulated autonomous human agents. Some of his research concerns the analysis of music by humans and machines.

Recent Grants Awarded

  • ARC Discovery Project Grant [DP160102156] (2016 - 2018) "Improved syntactic parsing and semantic analysis for natural language processing." Johnson, M., & Steedman, M. ($388,000)
  • ARC Discovery Project Grant [DP110102593] (2011 - 2013) "Incremental syntactic parsing and coreference resolution." Johnson, M.E., & Steedman, M. ($395,000)

Selected Publications

Books

  • Steedman, M. (2012). Taking scope: The natural semantics of quantifiers. Cambridge: MIT Press.
  • Steedman, M. (2001). The syntactic process. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Book Chapters

  • Steedman, M. (2012). Computational linguistic approaches to temporality. In R.I. Binnick (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of tense and aspect (pp. 102-120). New York: Oxford University Press .
  • Steedman, M., & Baldridge, J. (2011). Combinatory categorial grammar. In K. Borjars & B. Borsley (Eds.), Non-transformational theories of grammar (pp. 181-224). Oxford: Blackwell.

Periodicals

  • Lewis, M., & Steedman, M. (2013). Combined distributional and logical semantics. Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 1, 179–192. [Link]
  • Krüger, N., Geib, C., Piater, J., Petrick, R., Steedman, M., Wörgötter, F., Ude, A., Asfour, T., Kraft, D., Omrcen, D., Agostini, A., & Dillmann, R. (2011). Object-action complexes: Grounded abstractions of sensorimotor processes. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 59(10), 740-757. doi:10.1016/j.robot.2011.05.009
  • Steedman, M (2011). Romantics and revolutionaries: What theoretical and computational linguists need to know about each other. Linguistic Issues in Language Technology, 6(11. [Link]
  • Calhoun, S., Carletta, J., Brenier, J., Mayo, N., Jurafsky, D., Steedman, M., & Beaver, D. (2010). The NXT-format switchboard corpus: A rich resource for investigating the syntax, semantics, pragmatics and prosody of dialogue. Language Resources and Evaluation, 44(4), 387-419. doi:10.1007/s10579-010-9120-1

Published Conference Proceedings

  • Morgan, E., Keller, F., & Steedman, M. (2010). A bottom-up parsing model of local coherence effects. In S. Ohlsson & R. Catrambone (Eds.), Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1559-1564). Austin: Cognitive Science Society.
  • Mourao, K., Petrick, R.P.A., & Steedman, M. (2010). Learning action effects in partially observable domains. In H. Coelho, R. Studer & M. Wooldridge (Eds.), Proceedings of the 19th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (pp. 973-974). Amsterdam: IOS Press.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Steedman, M. (2014, January). Planning and language: A new synthesis. Invited paper presented at the 31st Workshop of the UK Planning and Scheduling Special Interest Group, Edinburgh, UK.
  • Steedman, M. (2013, December). Robust compositional semantics. Keynote paper presented at the 18th Australasian Document Computing Symposium (ADCS)/ 11th Annual Workshop of the Australian Language Technology Association (ALTA), Brisbane.
  • Steedman, M. (2013, May). Structurally bootstrapping grounded language for robots. Keynote paper presented at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Karlsruhe, Germany.
  • Steedman, M. (2012, November). Using linguistic knowledge in natural language processing. Colloquium at the SMART Cognitive Science Lectures, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Steedman, M. (2012, November). Treebanking in the language of thought. Keynote paper presented at the 11th International Workshop on Treebanks and Linguistic Theories (TLT), Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Steedman, M. (2012, July). The statistical problem of language acquisition. Invited paper presented at the Conference on Logical Aspects of Computational Linguistics (LACL), Nantes, France.
  • Steedman, M. (2012, July). Parsing with case, coordination, and free word order. Keynote paper presented at the Association for Computational Linguistics workshop: "Parsing and Semantic Processing of Morphologically Rich Languages", Jeju, South Korea.
  • Steedman, M. (2012, July). Parsing with case, coordination, and free word order. Keynote paper presented at the 19th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG), Daejeon, South Korea.
  • Steedman, M. (2012, July). The statistical problem of language acquisition. Colloquium at the Department of Computer Science, KAIST University, Daejeon, South Korea.
  • Steedman, M. (2012, June). The statistical problem of language acquisition. Colloquium at the Department of Computer Science, La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy.
  • Steedman, M. (2012, April). The statistical problem of language acquisition. Keynote paper presented at the 12th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL) Workshop: "Computational Models of Language Acquisition and Loss", Avignon, France.
  • Steedman, M. (2011, October). Computing scope in a natural logic. Keynote paper presented at the 12th International Conference on Parsing Technologies (IWPT), Dublin, Ireland.
  • Steedman, M. (2011, August). The statistical problem of language acquisition. Invited paper presented at the Harvard-Australia workshop on Language, Learning and Logic, Sydney.
  • Steedman, M. (2011, July). Computing scope in a natural logic. Invited paper presented at the 3rd Semantic Processing, Logic and Cognition Workshop, Tubingen, Germany.
  • Steedman, M., & Granroth-Wilding, M. (2011, June). Analysis of jazz chord sequences with combinatory categorial grammar. Poster session presented at the 4th Neurosciences and Music Conference: "Learning and Memory" Symposium, Edinburgh, UK.
  • Steedman, M. (2011, April). Compositionality in language and collaborative planning. Keynote paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation Behaviour, York, UK.
  • Steedman, M. (2011, April). The statistical problem of language acquisition. Colloquium at the Dublin Computational Linguistics Research Group, Dubin, Ireland.
  • Steedman, M. (2011, April). The statistical problem of language acquisition. Colloquium at the Department of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Adelaide.
  • Steedman, M. (2011, February). The statistical problem of language acquisition. Colloquium at the Lingustics Department, University of Texas at Austin, .
  • Steedman, M. (2011, January). Learning cognitive symbolic systems. Invited colloquium at the Defining Cognitive Informatics Symposium, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
  • Steedman, M. (2010, November). Intonation, conversation, and melody. Invited colloquium at the Prosody and Dialog in Language and Music Seminar, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.
  • Steedman, M. (2010, November). The statistical problem of language acquisition. Colloquium at the Lingustics Department, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.
  • Steedman, M. (2010, September). Plans and the structure of meaning. Colloquium at the Dynamics in Semantics, Pragmatics and Logic Workshop, Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Steedman, M. (2010, August). Formal grammars for computational musical analysis. Paper presented at the Music, Pattern, and Math Workshop, Herstmonceux, UK.
  • Steedman, M. (2010, August). Formal foundation of grammar in collaborative action. Paper presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Bochum, Germany.
  • Steedman, M. (2010, March). Combinatory categorial grammar for robust natural language processing. Invited colloquium at the University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Steedman, M., & Calhoun, S. (2010, January). Comments on topics. Invited paper presented at the 84th Annual Meeting of the Lingiustic Society of America: “Towards a linguistically-motivated annotation scheme for information status” Workshop, Baltimore, USA.

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