Daniel Bauer

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

450 Computer Science Building
Mail Code 0401

Tel(212) 939-7072

Daniel Bauer’s research in Natural Language Processing aims to develop systems that can accurately interpret natural language in a multimodal environment and in linguistic discourse. Bauer’s focus in on the semantics of natural language and on how to efficiently translate between surface text, syntax, and semantics. His work uses deep, formal representations of language meaning. Such representations can be helpful in applications ranging from machine translation to natural language user interfaces and will eventually lead to more intelligent language processing systems. 

Research Interests

Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics, Syntactic and Semantic Parsing, Lexical and Computational Semantics, Formal Grammar and Automata, Knowledge Representation, Machine Learning

Bauer’s research concentration is on syntactic and semantic parsing. His work combines machine learning techniques with linguistically inspired formal models of the relationship between text, syntax, and semantics. It focuses on learning such models automatically, as well as efficient algorithms for inferring good semantic interpretations.  One particular model uses hyperedge replacement graph grammars to construct meaning representations.  Bauer is also interested in language that is “grounded” in other modalities, such as formal knowledge bases, 3D scenes, vision, and robots. He investigates how the relationship between language and the objects or concepts it refers to can be modeled and used in NLP systems.

Bauer received his undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science from the University of Osnabrück in 2007 and a MS degree in Language Science and Technology from Saarland University in 2010. He will complete his PhD in Computer Science at Columbia University in 2017. 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

  • Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Computational Learning Systems and Spoken Language Processing Group, Columbia University. 2010-2016
  • Visiting Research Assistant, Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California. Summer. 2012-2013.
  • Research Assistant, Cluster of Excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction, Saarland University. 2008-2009

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Preceptor, Columbia University, 2014-2016
  • Co-Founder / VP Research and Engineering, WordsEye Inc., New York, 2013-2014