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
Email: jchai AT

Teaching  |  Research  |  Professional Activities LAIR

I have moved to the University of Michigan. Here is my new page.


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 robots and other artificial agents. Our main objectives are to enable natural interaction between humans and robots and to allow robots to continuously learn from humans about the joint environment and tasks. I'm also affliated with the MSU Cognitive Science Program


CSE842: Natural Language Processing, Spring 2019

CSE843: Language and Interaction, Spring 2018

CSE440: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, Fall 2017


 Recent Publications

Recent Invited Talks


Professional Activities

NAACL Executive Board, 2019-2020
Associate Editor, ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (TIIS) , 2018-Present
Editorial Board Member,  Dialogue and Discourse , 2018-Present
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.