Department of Linguistics
Institute for Advanced Computational Science
Stony Brook University
Jeffrey Heinz is a Professor at Stony Brook University with a joint appointment in the Department of Linguistics and the Institute of Advanced Computational Science. He conducts research in several related areas including theoretical, computational and mathematical linguistics, grammatical inference, computational learning theory, theoretical computer science, robotic planning and control, and artificial intelligence. His research focuses on characterizations of subclasses of regular languages and transductions, algorithms for learning those subclasses, and what those subclasses mean for patterns in language and the "real" world. His research has been published in the Journal of Language Modelling, Linguistic Inquiry, Theoretical Computer Science, the Transactions of the ACL, and Science. He has co-authored a book on grammatical inference for computational linguists, co-edited three books, and co-guest-edited special issues of the journals Machine Learning and Phonology.
He obtained his Ph.D. from UCLA in 2007 and spent ten years as a professor at the University of Delaware before coming to Stony Brook in 2017. The Linguistic Society of America recognized Heinz with its 2017 Early Career Award for his "contributions leading to a new computational science of inference and learning as applied to language."