Larry Birnbaum is a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering. His research and teaching encompass artificial intelligence, natural language processing, applied machine learning, and social media analytics, with applications to media and journalism. A key focus is on methods for the automatic generation of content by machine, specifically the automatic generation of narratives from data. Another important area of Larry’s research is intelligent information systems, including models of automatic and contextual search and information diversity. A third focus is on preference predication and recommendation using social media data. More generally, projects in Larry’s lab are aimed at automating and supporting all aspects of the “content pipeline,” including research, content generation, content distribution, and user interaction with content.
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