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Henry and Gertrude Rothschild Professor of Computer Science and Director, Data Science Institute, Columbia University
A leading scholar and researcher in the field of natural language processing, Professor McKeown focuses her research on big data; her interests include text summarization, question answering, natural language generation, multimedia explanation, digital libraries, and multilingual applications. Professor McKeown joined Columbia in 1982, immediately after earning her Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania. In 1989, she became the first woman professor in the school to receive tenure, and later the first woman to serve as a department chair (1998-2003). Today she is the director of the Data Science Institute at Columbia University and the Henry and Gertrude Rothschild Professor of Computer Science. Professor McKeown has received numerous honors and awards for her research and teaching. She received the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1985, and also is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Faculty Award for Women, was selected as an AAAI Fellow, a Founding Fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics and an ACM Fellow. In 2010, she won both the Columbia Great Teacher Award—an honor bestowed by the students—and the Anita Borg Woman of Vision Award for Innovation.
Professor McKeown served as secretary and board member of the Computing Research Association. She was president, vice president, and secretary treasurer of the Association of Computational Linguistics (ACL), a member of the Executive Council of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the co-program chair of AAAI in 1991 and conference chair of ACL in 2008.