Ron Kaplan

Ron Kaplan
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Main area of research
Natural language & AI

Ron Kaplan is a Vice President and Distinguished Scientist at Nuance and directs the Natural Language and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in Sunnyvale and Montreal. His research interest is in the area of Natural Language & AI. Ron came to Nuance from Microsoft, where he managed the Natural Language Platform Team for the Bing search engine. Before that, he was Chief Technology Officer and Chief Scientific Officer at Powerset, a deep semantic-search company that Microsoft acquired and merged into Bing. Powerset was a spin-out of the (Xerox) Palo Alto Research Center and was based on NL technology developed by the natural language research group that Ron directed at PARC. Inxight and Microlytics were earlier spin-out companies based on Ron's technologies. He holds 36 patents for inventions in the language technology field. Ron is known for his influential contributions to computational linguistics and linguistic theory, particularly in the areas of morphology and syntax. He is a past President and Fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics, as well as a Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society. He is a co-recipient of the 1992 Software System Award of the Association for Computing Machinery, and a Fellow of the ACM. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University and was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Humanities at Copenhagen University. Ron continues to serve as a Consulting Professor of Linguistics at Stanford University.

Selected articles

Long-distance dependencies, constituent structure, and functional uncertainty
A method for disjunctive constraint satisfaction

A distinctive property of many current grammatical formalisms is their use of feature equality constraints to express a wide variety of grammatical dependencies. Lexical-Functional Grammar,

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The interface between phrasal and functional constraints

Many modern grammatical formalisms divide the task of linguistic specification into a context-free component of phrasal constraints and a separate component of attribute-value or functional

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Lexical-functional grammar: A formal system for grammatical representation

This paper presents a formalism for representing the native speaker’s syntactic knowledge. In keeping with the Competence Hypothesis, this formalism, called lexical-functional grammar (LFG), has

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Voice in the user interface

Interacting with voice-based interfaces on a broad variety of devices spanning smartphones, tablets, TVs, cars, and kiosks is becoming a routine part of daily life.

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