Marjorie McShane

About

Marjorie McShane develops cognitive models of intelligent agents that can collaborate with people in task-oriented, dialog applications. While at heart a linguist, she is particularly interested in the integration of functionalities that are often treated in isolation, such as physiological simulation, emotion modeling, and the many aspects of cognition. 

One aspect of cognition to which she has devoted particular attention is natural language processing, approached from a cross-linguistic perspective and with the goal of producing machine-tractable descriptions that can support sophisticated conversational agents. She has also worked extensively on cognitive modeling in the medical domain, to support the configuration of intelligent agents playing the roles of virtual patients and tutors in training applications such as the Maryland Virtual Patient system.

McShane has (co-)authored three books: Linguistics for the Age of AI (MIT Press, 2021), A Theory of Ellipsis (Oxford University Press, 2005), and An Innovative, Practical Approach to Polish Inflection (Lincom Europa, 2003). She has published extensively on linguistics, natural language processing, cognitive modeling, and knowledge representation.

Education & Training

PhD, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University

MA, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University

Advanced Translation Certificate, Russian-English Translation, State University of New York at Albany

MA, Russian, State University of New York at Albany

BA, Russian, Grinnell College

Research

Other Focus Areas

linguistics, cognitive modeling, natural language processing

Publications

The following is a selection of recent publications in Scopus. Marjorie McShane has 54 indexed publications in the subjects of Computer Science, Social Sciences, and Engineering.

Sergei Nirenburg, Marjorie McShane, Jesse English
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
, 12801 LNCS
, 2021
, pp.24-29
.
Marjorie McShane, Selmer Bringsjord, James Hendler, Sergei Nirenburg, Ron Sun
Topics in Cognitive Science
, 11
, 2019
, pp.914-917
.
Marjorie McShane, Sergei Nirenburg
Applied Ontology
, 14
, 2019
, pp.415-449
.
Marjorie McShane
Lingvisticae Investigationes
, 41
, 2018
, pp.179-212
.
Sergei Nirenburg, Marjorie McShane, Stephen Beale, Peter Wood, Brian Scassellati, Olivier Magnin, Alessandro Roncone
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
, 10859 LNCS
, 2018
, pp.73-82
.
Marjorie McShane
AI Magazine
, 38
, 2017
, pp.43-56
.
Sergei Nirenburg, Marjorie McShane
AAAI Spring Symposium - Technical Report
, SS-17-01 - SS-17-08
, 2017
, pp.342-346
.
Dan Roth, Eduard Hovy, Collin Baker, Sergei Nirenburg, Marjorie McShane
Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Events: Definition, Detection, Coreference, and Representation, EVENTS 2016 at the 2016 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, NAACL-HLT 2016
, 2016
, pp.III
.
Marjorie McShane, Sergei Nirenburg, Bruce Jarrell, George Fantry
OpenAccess Series in Informatics
, 45
, 2015
, pp.108-123
.
Marjorie McShane, Petr Babkin
Proceedings of the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence
, 1
, 2015
, pp.572-578
.

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