Joyce Y. Chai

Department of Computer Science and Engineering
3115 Engineering Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Office phone: 1-517-432-9239

Teaching  |  Research  |  Professional ActivitiesLAIR

I'm directing Language and Interaction Research (LAIR) Group. I received a Ph.D.  in Computer Science from Duke University. Before joining MSU in January 2003, I was a research staff member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. My research interests include natural language processing, situated dialogue agents, artificial intelligence, human-robot communication, and intelligent user interfaces. My recent work has focused on grounded language processing to facilitate situated communication with artificial agents (e.g., robots). The goal is to enable natural interaction between humans and agents and allow agents to continuously learn from humans about the joint environment and tasks. I'm also affliated with the MSU Cognitive Science Program


CSE440: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, Fall 2016
CSE843: Language and Interaction, Spring 2016
CSE842: Natural Language Processing, Spring 2015


See LAIR research page for more information on projects and publications. 

Selected Recent Publications

Selected Recent Talks


  • 2010: Best Long Paper Award from the Annual Meeting of Association of Computational Linguistics (with Matthew Gerber)
  • 2004: Career Award from the National Science Foundation

Professional Activities

     Recent Main Activities

Editorial Board Member, Computational Linguistics, 2015-2017
Program Co-chair, NAACL-HLT, 2015.
Program Co-chair, ACM International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, 2014.
SIGDIAL Scientific Advisory Board: 2010-2012
Mentoring Chair, ACL 2012
Program Co-chair, SIGDIAL Annual Meeting 2011
Guest Co-Editor, ACM Transaction on Interactive Intelligent Systems, 2010-2011.