Tandy Warnow

LSA 202: Computational methods in linguistic reconstruction

Tandy Warnow is Professor of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research combines mathematics, computer science, and statistics to develop improved models and algorithms for reconstructing complex and large-scale evolutionary histories in both biology and historical linguistics. Tandy received her Ph.D. in Mathematics at UC Berkeley under the direction of Gene Lawler, and did postdoctoral training with Simon Tavare and Michael Waterman at the University of Southern California. In 1993, Tandy became an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, shortly thereafter starting a collaboration with linguist Donald Ringe on the development of methods for estimating evolutionary histories of languages. Her work in phylogenetic estimation in both biology and linguistics led to two major awards: the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award in 1994, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Award in Science and Engineering in 1996. She has been funded by several NSF awards, two for her work in historical linguistics.

External website: http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/tandy/

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