James Allen's research interests span a range of issues covering natural language understanding, discourse, knowledge representation, common-sense reasoning, and planning. He held joint appointments in the brain and cognitive sciences and linguistics departments, the Dessauer Chair in Computer Science, and is a fellow of the AAAI. He is the author of the definitive graduate-level textbook Natural Language Understanding, 2nd ed. (Benjamin Cummings, 1994).
- Natural language understanding
- Knowledge representation
- Common-sense reasoning