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James F. Allen

  • Professor Emeritus of Computer Science

PhD, University of Toronto


Research Overview

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).

Research Interests

  • Natural language understanding
  • Discourse
  • Knowledge representation
  • Common-sense reasoning
  • Planning