We are sad to announce that Professor Janyce Wiebe, 59, passed away on December 10, 2018. Janyce was a professor of Computer Science and the former director of the Intelligent Systems Program at Pitt, as well as a fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).

She was an expert in the areas of discourse processing, pragmatics, and word-sense disambiguation. A major concentration of her research was “subjectivity analysis” – recognizing and interpreting expressions of opinions and sentiments in text, to support NLP applications such as question answering, information extraction, text categorization, and summarization.

Janyce had a long and successful career, and was involved in many professional communities. These roles included ACL Program Co-Chair, NAACL Program Chair, NAACL Executive Board member, Transactions of the ACL Action Editor, Computational Linguistics and Language Resources and Evaluation Editorial Board member, AAAI Workshop Co-Chair, ACM Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence (SIGART) Vice-Chair, and ACM-SIGART/AAAI Doctoral Consortium Chair.

She received her PhD in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and later was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto.

A memorial service will be held in the spring of 2019; details will be announced through the ROSE FUNERAL HOME of Penn Hills, Donations to support cancer research may be sent to the Director’s Development Fund at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in memory of Janyce Wiebe.

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