Barbara J. Grosz

Barbara J. Grosz

Barbara J. Grosz is the Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences at Harvard University. From 2007-2011 Grosz served as interim dean and then dean of Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and from 2001-2007 she was the Institute’s first dean of science, designing and building its science program. She currently serves on the Science Board and Science Steering Committee at the Santa Fe Institute.

Professor Grosz has made seminal contributions to the fields of natural-language processing and multi-agent systems. She developed some of the earliest computer dialogue systems and established the research field of computational modeling of discourse. Her work on models of collaboration helped to establish that field and provides the framework for several collaborative multi-agent and human-computer interface systems. Her current research explores how collaborative multi-agent systems and collaborative interfaces can improve systems for health care planning and communication.

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