Research Team

Rada Mihalcea is the Janice M. Jenkins Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan and the Director of the Michigan Artificial Intelligence Lab. Her research interests are in natural language processing, with much of her recent work being around developing methods to facilitate an understanding of people’s beliefs, opinions, and behaviors from their language use. Her recent studies have uncovered new insights into perceptions of social roles, value systems across cultures, word use differences between groups, mental health, life outlook, and more. She is the recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers awarded by President Obama (2009), and currently serves as the Vice-President of the Association for Computational Linguistics.Twitter: @radamihalcea; Email:

Laura Biester is a PhD student working on Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Computational Social Science at the University of Michigan with Rada Mihalcea. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Carleton College in 2016. She is interested in gaining a better understanding of people and society through language. In particular, she is interested in applying NLP methods to gain a better understanding of changes in mental health. Email:

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