SICSA DVF: Harvard Professor Stuart Shieber

Date(s) - 10/06/2014
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh

Seminar: “The Harvard open-access initiatives”, University Library, Appleton Tower, University of Edinburgh. For more information, contact: Dominic Tate (

Biography: Stuart Shieber is a Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University. His primary research field is computational linguistics. His research contributions have extended beyond that field to theoretical linguistics, natural-language processing, computer-human interaction, automated graphic design, the philosophy of artificial intelligence, computer privacy and security, and computational biology. He is the founding director of the Center for Research on Computation and Society and a faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Professor Shieber received an AB in applied mathematics summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1981 and a PhD in computer science from Stanford University in 1989. He was awarded a Presidential Young Investigator award in 1991 and was named a Presidential Faculty Fellow in 1993.

He is the author or editor of five books and numerous articles in computer science. He has been a member of the editorial boards for the journals Computational Linguistics, Grammars, Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, Journal of Language and Computation, and Journal of Heuristics.

His work on open access and scholarly communication policy, especially his development of Harvard’s open-access policies, led to his appointment as the first director of the university’s Office for Scholarly Communication, where he oversaw initiatives to open, share, and preserve scholarship, and where he continues to advise as faculty director of the office.

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