Professor Kumiko Tanaka-Ishii

Subject: Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing

Institution: University of Tokyo


Kumiko Tanaka-Ishii is a Professor at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), University of Tokyo. She will be at Clare Hall as a Visiting Fellow until 31 March 2023, with Professor Anna Korhonen, who leads the Language Technology Lab in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics.

Professor Tanaka-Ishii's background lies in computational linguistics and natural language processing. Recently, she has cultivated a special interest in finding the relationship between linguistic structures and statistical properties in language data. She also has a broader interest in semiotic studies, especially in understanding the fundamental structure underlying human sign systems.

She is the author of the monographs Statistical Universals of Language (Springer, 2021) and Semiotics of Programming (Cambridge University Press, 2011).