Computer Science and Engineering

The Language And Interaction Research (LAIR) group at Michigan State University investigates language use in context and develops approaches for situated language processing and situated dialogue. With our collaborators, the group is also working on integrating language with vision and robotics.


  1. August 2016: Start a new project funded by NSF to investigate causality modeling for concrete action verbs. The goal is to support communicating with robots and other artificial agents in the physical world.
  2. May 2016: two papers are accepted at ACL 2016: (1) Causality of Verbs for Grounded Language Understanding, Qiaozi Gao, Malcolm Doering, Shaohua Yang and Joyce Chai; and (2) Incremental Acquisition of Verb Hypothesis Space towards Physical World Interaction, Lanbo She and Joyce Chai
  3. March 2016: one paper is accepted at NAACL 2016: Grounded Semantic Role Labeling, Shaohua Yang, Qiaozi Gao, Changsong Liu, Caiming Xiong, Song-Chun Zhu and Joyce Chai