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Dr. Robert Kasper

Professor of Computer Science

Contact Information

School of Natural and Social SciencesDepartment Chair
740-392-6868 Ext. 3229Email Dr. Kasper
Professional Experience:
  • January 2000-present: Professor of Computer Science, Coordinator of Online Instruction.
  • 2000-2002 Director of Academic Computing, Associate Professor.
  • September 1995-December 1999: Assistant Professor. Department of Linguistics, Ohio State University.
  • September 1994-August 1995: Instructor. Department of Linguistics, Ohio State University.
  • September 1991-August 1994: Senior Researcher. Department of Linguistics and Center for Cognitive Science, Ohio State University.
  • September 1990-August 1991: University Postdoctoral Fellow. Department of Linguistics, Ohio State University.
  • July 1986-May 1990: Research Scientist. Natural Language and Knowledge Representation projects, Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California.
  • January-April 1986: Lecturer. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan.
Professional Activities:
  • Association for Computational Linguistics: editorial board (1991-1993), program committee for annual meeting (1989, 1993, 1995), program committee for student session (1994), local arrangements co-chair for annual meeting (1993).
  • American Association for Artificial Intelligence: program committee (1990).
  • International Workshop on Parsing Technologies: program committee (1989, 1991).
  • International Conference on Formal Grammar: program committee (1996-1998).
  • Consultant, German Artificial Intelligence Center (DFKI), Saarbruecken. November 1992, June 1994.
  • National Science Foundation Review Panel (dates omitted as required by NSF).
  • FoLLI Dissertation Prize for Outstanding Dissertation in Language, Logic and Computation (sponsored by the Foundation for Language, Logic and Information and Kluwer Academic Publishers): member of selection committee (1998).
  • Elected member of Sigma Xi, scientific research society (1988).
Published Works and Presentations (90s):
  • Kasper, Robert and Eduard Hovy. 1990. Performing Integrated Syntactic and Semantic Parsing Using Classification. In Proceedings of the DARPA Workshop on Speech and Natural Language, Pittsburgh: June 1990.
  • Kasper, Robert. 1992. Compiling Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar into Lexicalized Tree Adjoining Grammar. In Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Tree Adjoining Grammar, University of Pennsylvania: June 1992.
  • Kasper, Robert. 1993. Typed Feature Constraint Systems: Structures and Descriptions. In H. Trost, ed., Feature Formalisms and Linguistic Ambiguity. Chichester, UK: Ellis Horwood, pp. 1-19.
  • Kasper, Robert. 1994. Adjuncts in the Mittelfeld. In J. Nerbonne, K. Netter and C. Pollard. eds., German in Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, Stanford: CSLI Lecture Notes Series 46, University of Chicago Press, pp. 39-69.
  • Netter, Klaus, Robert Kasper, Bernd Kiefer and K. Vijay-Shanker. 1994. HPSG and TAG. In 3e Colloque International sur les Grammaires d'Arbres Adjoints (TAG+3). Available as technical report TALANA-RT-94-01, Université Paris 7, pp. 77-82.
  • Kasper, Robert, Bernd Kiefer, Klaus Netter, and K. Vijay-Shanker. 1995. Compilation of HPSG to TAG. In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Boston, June 1995, pp. 92-99.
  • Kasper, Robert, Andreas Kathol, and Carl Pollard. 1995. Linear Precedence Constraints and Reentrancy. In Proceedings of the 5th Meeting of the Special Interest Group 'Computational Linguistics' of the German Linguistics Society (DGfS). Duesseldorf Germany, October 1995.
  • Kasper, Robert T., Mike Calcagno, and Paul C. Davis. 1998. Know When to Hold 'Em: Shuffling Deterministically in a Parser for Nonconcatenative Grammars. In Proceedings of the 36th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (COLING-ACL '98). Montreal, August 1998, pp. 663-669.
  • Kasper, Robert T., Paul C. Davis, and Craige Roberts. 1999. An Integrated Approach to Reference and Presupposition Resolution. Proceedings of the ACL'99 Workshop on the Relationship Between Discourse/Dialogue Structure and Reference. held at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: College Park Maryland, June 1999.
  • Kasper, Robert. (to appear) The Semantics of Recursive Modification. Accepted for publication in Journal of Linguistics, currently under revision.


  • Ph.D. in Computer and Communication Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (1987)
  • M.S. in Computer and Communication Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (1984)
  • A.B. in Computer Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (1982)
  • Linguistics minor, Phi Beta Kappa.


"(MVNU professors) feel a great weight of responsibility to get it right for the students who enter our community each year."

John Ballenger - Director of the Writing Lab, Assistant Professor of English