1. NSF ITR Award #0205731 Prosody Generation for Child Oriented Speech Synthesis
  2. Richard Sproat (PI), "Segmental Awareness and Indic Writing Systems", $108,259.
  3. Richard Sproat (PI), Elabbas Benmamoun (co-PI), "Language Adaptation for Colloquial Arabic", Supplemental NSF grant from National Security Agency, September 2004 --- August 2005, $125,237.
  4. Richard Sproat (PI), Dan Roth (co-PI), Elabbas Benmamoun (co-PI), Chengxiang Zhai (co-PI), "Named Entity Recognition and Transliteration for 50 Languages", Central Intelligence Agency, NBCHC040176, 30 September 2004 -- 29 September 2006, $377,930.
  5. P. Bryan Heidorn (PI), Richard Sproat (co-PI), "Spatial language and spatial reasoning for understanding georeference information in natural history collections." University of Illinois Research Board, August 2005 -- May 2006. $6120.
  6. Richard Sproat (PI), Mark Hasegawa-Johnson (co-PI), Chilin Shih (co-PI), Kay Bock (co-PI), Brian Ross (co-PI), Dan Roth (co-PI) "Automated Methods for Second-Language Fluency Assessment". University of Illinois Critical Research Initiative. August 2005 -- July 2007, $147,019; with possibility of extension to a third year.
  7. Richard Sproat (PI), Mark Hasegawa-Johnson (co-PI), Chilin Shih (co-PI), Kay Bock (co-PI), Brian Ross (co-PI), Fred Davidson (Senior Researcher), "DHB: An Interdisciplinary Study of the Dynamics of Second Language Fluency", NSF-IIS-0623805, February 2007 --- January 2010, $680,781.
  8. Roark, Brian (PI, et al). DARPA CSSG: Learning within NLP pipelines for scalable data mining and information extraction. 05/07/2009 – 05/06/2011, $499,999
  9. Sproat, Richard (Investigator, et al). NIH STTR 1R41DC01052 "Tools for Automated Assessment of Language". 09/19/2009 – 09/18/2010. $198,687
  10. Sproat, Richard (OHSU PI; Julia Hirschberg, Columbia PI, et al). NSF-IIS-0904361: "RI: Medium: Collaborative Research: From Text to Pictures". 09/01/2009 – 8/31/2012. $259,862
  11. Sproat, Richard (PI, et al.). Intelligence Community Postdoc, 2010*1043506*00, "Stochastic Text Normalization and Automatic Genre Adaptation for Structured Text Processing" 07/12/2010 – 07/11/2013, $360,000.
  12. Roark, Brian (PI, et al.). NSF-IIS-0964102, "RI: Medium: Semi-Supervised Discriminative Training of Language Models", 07/01/2010 – 06/30/2013, $500,000.
  13. Sproat, Richard (PI). NSF-BCS-1049308, "Corpora of Non-Linguistic Symbol Systems, and Statistical Analysis", 04/01/2011 – 03/31/2012, $114,140
  14. Sproat, Richard (PI), NIH-K25DC011308, "Natural Language Processing for Augmentative and Alternative Communication in Adults", August, 2011--July, 2014, $487K.
  15. Sproat, Richard (PI et al.), NIH-R01-DC012033, "Computational characterization of language use in autism spectrum disorder", August, 2011--July, 2016, $3.7M.
  16. DARPA BOLT (SRI prime, with Brian Roark), ``Activity A: Genre-Independent Translation and Information Retrieval System'', October 2011--.

Editorial Boards, etc.

I have served on the editorial boards of Language, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory and Computational Linguistics, among others. I am currently on the editorial board of Written Language and Literacy and Writing Systems Research.

I was tutorials chair at the 1999 ACL meeting.

I edited a special issue of the Journal of Computational Linguistics and Chinese Language Processing. Here was the CFP.

Society Memberships

I am currently a member of the Linguistic Society of America and the Association for Computational Linguistics.

Current and Former Students and Post Docs


I was the archivist for the Association for Computational Linguistics. I served on the LINGUIST Advisory Panel. I was the Chair of SIGHAN, the ACL Special Interest Group on Chinese Language Processing. I was also in charge of the First International Chinese Word Segmentation Bakeoff sponsored by SIGHAN.

I was the chair of the LSA Committee on Computing in 1997, and editor of the ACL Newsletter the Finite String from 1996-1997.

I was a co-organizer of AT&T Speech Days.

I am also interested in what kinds of jobs linguists can get. See my survey of linguistics jobs from 1994-2001, based on an analysis of the jobs advertised on the LINGUIST List.

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