Portrait of Chris Brockett

Chris Brockett

Senior Research Software Development Engineer

About

Chris Brockett is a computational linguist/data scientist in the Natural Language Processing Group in Microsoft Research AI. 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

Intelligent Editing

The Intelligent Editing Project seeks to apply neural networks and other modern machine learning techniques to furnish editorial assistance.  We look beyond traditional grammatical error checking to focus on facilitating writers by providing them with fluent, meaningful text editing support that is appropriate to their objectives and their targeted readership.  Our interests include sentence compression and summarization,  paraphrasing and stylistic variation, and writing assistance for non-native writers.    The MSR Abstractive Text Compression Dataset described in our…

Data-Driven Conversation

Established: June 1, 2014

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 which devices can learn from human-human conversational interactions and can situate responses in the verbal context and in physical or virtual environments. Natural and Engaging Agents that process human language will play a growing role…

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UW/MS symposium

Date

June 6, 2008

Speakers

Danyel Fisher, Douglas Downey, Chris Quirk, Scott Drellishak, Kelly O'Hara, Emily M. Bender, Sumit Basu, Matthew Hurst, Arnd Christian König, Michael Gamon, Chris Brockett, Dmitriy Belenko, Bill Dolan, Jianfeng Gao, and Lucy Vanderwende

Downloads

Microsoft Research Social Media Conversation Corpus

June 2015

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Microsoft Research Paraphrase Phrase Tables

October 2006

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ESL 123 Mass Noun Examples

July 2006

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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