About

Chris Brockett is a computational linguist/data scientist in the Natural Language Processing Group.  He is currently engaged on unscripted generation of conversational interactions in the Data-Driven Conversation Project.

Academic Background

2014 Certificate in Applied Biostatistics,  University of Washington.

1991  Ph.D. Linguistics, Cornell University
1979  M.A. Modern Japanese Literature, Waseda University
1973  B.A. Asian Languages and Literatures, Auckland University

Projects

Data-Driven Conversation

This project aims to enable people to converse with their devices. We are trying to teach devices to engage with humans using human language in ways that appear seamless and natural to humans. Our research focuses on statistical methods by…

Microsoft Research ESL Assistant

Established: May 9, 2008

The Microsoft Research ESL Assistant is a web service that provides correction suggestions for typical ESL (English as a Second Language) errors. Such errors include, for example, the choice of determiners (the/a) and the choice…

Machine Translation

Established: January 18, 2002

The principal focus of the Natural Language Processing group is to build a machine translation system that automatically learns translation mappings from bilingual corpora. <h1>Overview</h1> Machine Translation (MT) project at Microsoft Research is focused on creating MT systems and technologies…

MindNet

Established: December 19, 2001

Overview MindNet is a knowledge representation project that uses our broad-coverage parser to build semantic networks from dictionaries, encyclopedias, and free text. MindNets are produced by a fully automatic process that takes the input text, sentence-breaks it, parses each sentence…

Publications

2016

2015

deltaBLEU: A Discriminative Metric for Generation Tasks with Intrinsically Diverse Targets
Michel Galley, Chris Brockett, Alessandro Sordoni, Yangfeng Ji, Michael Auli, Chris Quirk, Margaret Mitchell, Jianfeng Gao, Bill Dolan, in Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 7th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (Volume 2: Short Papers), Association for Computational Linguistics, July 1, 2015, View abstract, View external link

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Chris Brockett is a software development engineer in the Natural Language Processing Group.  He is currently working on automated acquisition and generation of paraphrases, and unscripted generation of conversational interaction.

Academic Background



  • 1991  Ph.D. Linguistics, Cornell University

  • 1979  M.A. Modern Japanese Literature, Waseda University

  • 1973  B.A. Asian Languages and Literatures, Auckland University