Much of my professional work involves software development, most of which is
done in the context of Ultralingua, Inc.
Ultralingua's most visible products are a collection of multi-lingual
dictionary applications for iOS, Android, Mac OS X, Windows, and
a long string of more-or-less obsolete platforms reaching back into the past.
As of the fall of 2015, we have several dozen bilingual dictionaries
involving the languages English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Norwegian,
Latin, Esperanto, Polish, Dutch, Russian, Mandarin, and, of course, Klingon.
We also sell phrasebooks and various other language-related tools.
Our products are driven by the Ultralingua Application Programming Interface
(ULAPI), which is used in our own consumer products as well as by other software
developers who need linguistic features in their software.
See Assistiveware's Proloquo2Go, a multi-lingual
augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
tool intended for children with speech disabilities. Proloquo2Go uses ULAPI's
lemmatization and inflection capabilities to help enable children to quickly and naturally
compose complex sentences. In addition to lemmatization (mapping a derived form of a word
to its root word, like "parlions" → "parler") and inflection (verb conjugation, plural formation, etc.),
ULAPI can do number translation (e.g. "123" + "Spanish" → "ciento veintitrés"),
and part-of-speech tagging. At a more abstract level, ULAPI is a morphological analysis
and synthesis engine with tons of practical applications, and currently available in about a dozen languages.
- I collaborate with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Dakotah Language Institute
and Carleton's Linguistics Department
on a variety of projects related to the preservation and revitalization of the
- I work with Carleton's Sustainability office,
exploring ways to contribute to the emerging field of
Energy Analytics to help Carleton and others
reduce their energy use and improve their building management. Two recent student projects in
and 2018-2019 have
provided a tantalizing view of the potential power of energy analytics, along with some good
infrastructure on which to build.
- I am writing in the areas of computer security, privacy, and the implications for society
of the structure of the modern internet. This is early-stage work, but links will start
to appear here soon.
President of the Faculty (2015-2018); chair of the Computer Science Department (2007-2009, 2010-2011);
co-chair of the Education and Curriculum Committee (2010-2012); chair of the
Academic Computing Advisory Committee (2003-2005, 2014-2015); chair of a Curriculum Design Team (2007-2008; resulting
revised graduation requirements went into effect 2010).