Primary Role:Principal Faculty
Secondary Role: Assistant ProfessorURL: http://www.csee.umbc.edu/~cmat/
Biography: My primary research interests are in robotics and natural language processing; in my work, I combine these interests to support research in human-robot interaction, or HRI. My work focuses on the problem of grounded language acquisition: extracting semantically meaningful representations of human language by mapping those representations to the noisy, unpredictable physical world in which robots operate. More specifically, I work on combining probabilistic, grammar-based natural language processing with machine learning to transform human communication into a formal language that a robot can understand. I have looked at using this kind of language learning to learn how to follow navigation instructions or learn more about the world from human users by learning to extend a world model in tandem with learning a language parsing model.
1 Refereed Publication
1. Prajit Kumar Das et al., "Semantic knowledge and privacy in the physical web", InProceedings, Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Society, Privacy and the Semantic Web - Policy and Technology (PrivOn2016) co-located with 15th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2016), October 2016, 450 downloads.