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Natural Language Understanding and Assessment

Kentaro Inui is a Professor of the Graduate School of Information Sciences at Tohoku University, where he is head of the Natural Language Processing Lab. He also leads the Natural Language Understanding Team at the RIKEN Center for the Advanced Intelligence Project. He obtained his Ph.D. of Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1995. His professional career started as Assistant Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He then joined Kyushu Institute of Technology and Nara Institute of Science and Technology as Associate Professor in 1998 and 2002, respectively, before joining Tohoku University as Professor in 2010. He has worked on a variety of research topics in NLP, including semantic and discourse analysis, textual inference, paraphrasing, knowledge acquisition, and Web/SNS computing. For these research topics, over a span of 25 years, he has received numerous academic awards such as the COLING/ACL-2006 Best Asian NLP Paper Award, EACL-2017 Outstanding Paper Award, IBM Faculty Award (2016), PACLIC-29 Best Paper Award (2015), three Best Paper Awards from the Association for Natural Language Processing (ANLP), and sixteen Best Paper Awards at the Annual Meeting of ANLP. He has also held a variety of important positions for academic societies and conferences including Editorial Board Member of Computational Linguistics (2009-2011), Editor in Chief of Journal of Information Processing (2013-2014), and Area Chair for conferences such as ACL, EMNLP, COLING, and IJCAI. He currently serves as General Chair of EMNLP-IJCNLP 2019, Director of Association for Natural Language Processing, Member of Science Council of Japan, and Director of NPO FactCheck Initiative Japan.