Published: March 1, 2015

CU Professor of Linguistics and Computer Science Martha Palmer has been elected a fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL). Established in 2011, the ACL Fellows program recognizes ACL members whose contributions to the field have been most extraordinary. To date, 26 members of the ACL have been honored by the ACL as Fellows. Prof. Palmer was one of six researchers granted Fellow status in December 2014, in recognition of significant contributions to the field of computational linguistics. Prof. Palmer was cited in particular for the development of semantic corpora. She has held elected leadership positions within the ACL including the office of President in 2005 and President pro-ten in 2006. She had also served as chair of ACL-SIGHAN (the Special Interest Group on Chinese Language Processing), 2001-2003, chair of ACL-SIGLEX (the Special Interest Group on the Lexicon), 1994-2000. The ACL was started over 50 years ago and is organized to foster research in computational linguistics. It hosted the first ACL conference in 1962 and has been publishing the premier journal in the field, Computational Linguistics, since 1965, with the current official title established in 1974. Computational linguistics is the scientific study of language from a computational perspective. Computational linguists are interested in providing computational models of various kinds of linguistic phenomena. These models may be "knowledge-based" ("hand-crafted") or "data-driven" ("statistical" or "empirical"). The work of computational linguists is incorporated into many working systems today, including speech recognition systems, text-to-speech synthesizers, automated voice response systems, web search engines, automatic machine translation systems, text editors, and language instruction materials.