Martin Kay

Professor of Linguistics, Emeritus

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Geneva, Switzerland, (honoris causa) (2008)
Honorary Professorship, University of the Saarland (1999)
Doctor of Philosophy, Gothenburg University, Sweden, (honoris causa) (1982)
PhD, Cambridge
M.A., Cambridge
B.A., Cambridge
Academic Appointments
Emeritus Faculty, Acad Council, Linguistics
Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations
Member, University of California, Berkeley, Linguist and Compute (1961 - 1963)
Member, Cambridge Language Research Unit (1958 - 1961)
Reviewer on ACQUAINT project, University of the Saarland (2002 - Present)
Chairman, The International Committee, Computational Linguistics (1984 - Present)
President, Association for Computational Linguistics (1969 - 1969)
Chairman, SYSTRAN Panel, The National Academy of Sciences
Member of the Committee on Language in Documentation, The International Federation for Documentation
Member, International Committee on Computational Linguistics (1984 - Present)
Chairman, International Committee on Computational Linguistics (1984 - Present)
Chairman of the program committee for the conference, International Committee on Computational Linguistics (1976 - 1976)
Prof. Martin Kay is Professor of Computational Linguistics at Stanford
U. and Honorary Professor at Saarland U. He studied at Trinity
College, Cambridge. Kay then worked at Rand Corporation, the U. of
California at Irvine and XEROX PARC. Kay is one of the pioneers of
computational linguistics and machine translation. He was responsible
for introducing the notion of chart parsing in computational
linguistics, and the notion of unification in linguistics
generally. With Ron Kaplan, he pioneered research and application
development in finite-state morphology. He has been a longtime
contributor to, and critic of, work on machine translation. In his
seminal paper "The Proper Place of Men and Machines in Language
Translation," Kay argued for MT systems that were tightly integrated in
the human translation process. He was reviewer and critic of EUROTRA,
Verbmobil, and many other MT projects. Kay is former Chair of the
Association of Computational Linguistics and ongoing Chair of the
International Committee on Computational Linguistics. He was a Research
Fellow at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center until 2002. He holds an
honorary doctorate of Gothenburg U. This year, Kay received the
Lifetime Achievement Award of the Association for Computational
Linguistics for his sustained role as an intellectual leader of NLP


Research Interests