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Judith
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Klavans
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Research Professor
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University of Maryland, College Park

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Judith L. Klavans, Ph.D. has more than 30 years of experience in many aspects of language processing including text-mining, machine translation, text-to-speech, health informatics and language standards for interoperability. She has worked in many application areas, and is noted for her creative approach to interdisciplinary research and applications. These areas have included projects as diverse as digital libraries, digital government, medical informatics, machine translation and multilingual information access. She has been fortunate to have had research experience in a wide range of sectors, including academic, industry, not-for-profits and government.

Klavans holds the Ph.D. in Theoretical Linguistics from the University of London (1980), followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in the interdisciplinary areas of Linguistics, Computer Science and Cognitive Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1980-1983). Early in her career, she was a research staff member at the IBM TJ Watson Research center in the Natural Language group of the Computer Sciences division. She then was appointed as the founding Director of the Center for Research on Information Access at Columbia University, where she led or participated in a wide variety of Digital Library research projects including language issues in database interoperability for government information, personalized health information access and the development of language-sensitive technologies for text data-mining. While at Columbia University, Klavans established the Computational Linguistics for Metadata Building (CLiMB) project, the goal of which was to extract information from text associated with images to increase accessibility of these images in libraries. This project formed the foundation for the current T3: Tags, Terms and Trust project at the University of Maryland.

Klavans has served on many national and international committees involving infrastructure for digital information sharing. She was on the founding board of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), started in 1987, which covers interchange representations for most aspects of linguistic markup, including syntactic, phonetic, phonological, morphological, rhetorical and functional. Klavans served on an international commission on interoperability and intellectual property rights management in digital libraries, presented to the European Commission on Information Interchange (1998) that contributed to policy decisions at the international level on metadata standards for multilingual information exchange. In 2003, Klavans was appointed by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to serve on the Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC), which guides the government’s efforts to accelerate the development and adoption of information technologies. Klavans has also served at the National Academy of Science as an expert in the role of language in normalizing data across heterogeneous types of language.

Klavans currently holds the position of Senior Research Scientist at the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies and a member of the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing (CLIP) laboratory. She has led nearly a dozen large multi-institutional interdisciplinary research projects, holds three patents and has published nearly 100 articles in major conferences and journals. Her interest in museums stems from her mother, an artist, and her father, an architect, and many peaceful hours spent enjoying visual objects.

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