Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick

tberg AT cs DOT berkeley

Computer Science Division
Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
University of California at Berkeley
525 Soda Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-1776

I'm a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science at UC Berkeley. My advisor is Dan Klein. I am part of the Berkeley Natural Language Processing Group. I like unsupervised learning and fast cars.


  • Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick and Dan Klein. Improved Typesetting Models for Historical OCR (ACL 2014)[pdf]

  • David Hall, Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick, John Canny, and Dan Klein. Sparser, Better, Faster GPU Parsing (ACL 2014)[pdf]

  • Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick and Dan Klein. Decipherment with a Million Random Restarts (EMNLP 2013)[pdf]

  • Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick, Greg Durrett, and Dan Klein. Unsupervised Transcription of Historical Documents (ACL 2013)[pdf][slides]

  • Dirk Hovy, Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick, Ashish Vaswani, and Eduard Hovy. Learning Whom to Trust with MACE (NAACL 2013)

  • Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick, David Burkett, and Dan Klein. An Empirical Investigation of Statistical Significance in NLP (EMNLP 2012)[pdf]

  • Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick and Dan Klein. Simple Effective Decipherment via Combinatorial Optimization (EMNLP 2011)[pdf]

  • Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick, Dan Gillick, and Dan Klein. Jointly Learning to Extract and Compress (ACL 2011)[pdf]

  • Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick and Dan Klein. Phylogenetic Grammar Induction (ACL 2010)[pdf]

  • Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick, Alexandre Bouchard-Cote, John DeNero, and Dan Klein. Painless Unsupervised Learning with Features (NAACL 2010)[pdf][slides][discussion]

  • Aria Haghighi, Percy Liang, Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick, and Dan Klein. Learning Bilingual Lexicons from Monolingual Corpora (ACL 2008)[pdf][slides]


  • Ocular is a state-of-the-art historical document recognition system.
  • Honors and Awards

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF, 2011)

  • Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (Qualcomm, 2011)

  • Dorothea Klumpke Roberts Prize in Mathematics (Dept. of Mathematics, UC Berkeley, 2009)

  • Finalist, Computing Research Association National Award for Outstanding Undergraduate (Computing Research Association, 2009)

  • Teaching

  • I taught CS188: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence with Jonathan Kummerfeld. (UC Berkeley, Summer, 2014)

  • I was a TA for CS188: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence. (UC Berkeley, Fall, 2010)