Bonnie Dorr

Associate Director & Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Bonnie J. Dorr, a leading researcher in the field of natural language processing, is an associate director and senior research scientist at IHMC’s Ocala facility.

Natural language processing is a central research endeavor at IHMC, and Dr. Dorr’s expertise is at the cutting edge. Her extensive research and project management experience includes deep language understanding and semantics, large-scale multilingual processing, and summarization. She has carried out seminal work in cross-language divergence detection, machine translation, paraphrasing and automatic evaluation metrics.

Together with colleagues at IHMC, Dr. Dorr has established the new field of Cyber-NLP, bringing together expertise at the intersection of cyber, social computing, AI, and NLP. Her interests focus on cyber-event extraction and natural language understanding for detecting attacks, discerning intentions of attackers, and thwarting social engineering attacks. As PI of an IARPA CAUSE team (ELLIPSE), she has focused on generation of warning narratives to security analysts. She is PI on SIFT (PERFECTA), associated with the DARPA Social Sim program, where she focuses on the simulation of spread of information and influence on a massive scale.  She also works with colleagues as co-PI on the DARPA ASED (PANACEA) team where she leads the design of an ask detection system employed for countering social engineering attacks. As co-PI of the DARPA ASIST (PEPT) team, she works on AI-inspired communication.

Prior to IHMC, Dr. Dorr was on the faculty at the University of Maryland, where she is Professor Emerita in the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies and the Department of Computer Science. She was an associate dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and co-founded the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing Laboratory. She was also principal scientist for two years at the Johns Hopkins University Human Language Technology Center of Excellence.

In 2011 she became a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), overseeing research in human language technology. Her significant DARPA projects include Broad Operational Language Translation (BOLT), Deep Exploration and Filtering of Text (DEFT), Multilingual Automatic Document Classification, Analysis, and Translation (MADCAT), and Robust Automatic Transcription of Speech (RATS).

She holds both a Master’s and a Ph.D. in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a Bachelor’s from Boston University. She is a Sloan Fellow, a NSF Presidential Faculty (PECASE) Fellow, and a former president of the Association for Computational Linguistics. She has served on the Executive Council of the Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and on the Executive Board of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL). She was elected AAAI Fellow in 2013, graduated in the Class of XXXIII of Leadership Florida in 2015, was elected ACL Fellow in 2016, and in 2020 was named by DARPA to the Information Science and Technology (ISAT) Study Group.