Computational modeling of human language
Robert Frank's research explores computational models of language learning and processing as well as the role of computational constraints in linguistic explanation. The Computational Linguistics at Yale (CLAY) Lab is an interdisciplinary research group interested in theoretical and applied questions related to computational approaches to language learning and the processing and representation of linguistic structure.
Frank received a BS in Cognitive Science from MIT in 1987 and a PhD in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. Before joining Yale's Linguistics department in 2008, he was a Professor in the Cognitive Science faculty at Johns Hopkins and an Assistant Professor in Linguistics at the University of Delaware. Bob's wife, Raffaella Zanuttini, is also a member of the Yale Linguistics faculty, and they have raised two bilingual children, Gabriel and Dani.