Director, Language Technologies Institute, University Professor, Allen Newell Professor, School of Computer Science
University Professor and Allan Newell Professor of Computer Science Jaime G. Carbonell joined the Carnegie Mellon community as an assistant professor of computer science in 1979, and has gone on to become a widely recognized authority in machine translation, natural language processing and machine learning. Carbonell has invented a number of well-known algorithms and methods during his career, including proactive machine learning and maximal marginal relevance for information retrieval. His research has resulted in or contributed to a number of commercial enterprises, including Carnegie Speech, Carnegie Group and Dynamix Technologies.
In addition to his work on machine learning and translation, Carbonell also investigates computational proteomics and biolinguistics — fields that take computational tools used for analyzing language and adapt them to understanding biological information encoded in protein structures. This process leads to increased knowledge of protein-protein interactions and molecular signaling processes.
Carbonell's career has had an enormous impact on both Carnegie Mellon and the School of Computer Science. He created the university's Ph.D. program in language technologies, and is co-creator of the Universal Library and its Million Book Project. He founded CMU's Center for Machine Translation in 1986 and led its transformation in 1996 into the Language Technologies Institute, which he currently directs. He has advised more than 40 Ph.D. students and authored more than 300 research papers.
Before joining the Carnegie Mellon faculty, Carbonell earned bachelor's degrees in mathematics and physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his master's degree and Ph.D. in computer science at Yale University.