Philip Resnik is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, with a joint appointment at the University of Maryland Institute for  Advanced Computer Studies and an affiliate appointment in Computer Science. He received his bachelor's degree in Computer Science at Harvard in 1987 and his Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science at University of Pennsylvania in 1993, and joined the University of Maryland faculty in 1996. His industry experience prior to entering academia includes time in R&D at Bolt Beranek and Newman, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, and Sun Microsystems Laboratories.  

Resnik's research focuses on computational modeling of language that brings together linguistic knowledge, domain-relevant context, and data-driven machine learning/modeling methods, with an emphasis on questions in computational social science, multilingual text analysis, and lexical semantics.  He holds two patents (plus one pending) and has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and conference papers. At various times his work has been highlighted in Newsweek, The Economist, New Scientist, and on National Public Radio, and he has been a frequent organizer and panelist at SXSW Interactive.

Outside academia, Resnik is a serial entrepreneur, with experience that includes being technical co-founder of CodeRyte (clinical natural language processing, acquired in 2012 by 3M Health Information Systems), lead scientist for Converseon (spearheading development of their sentiment analysis platform, now marketed as ConveyAPI), and founder of React Labs, which is commercializing his research on scalable real-time response measurement and engagement using mobile devices.


  • PhD
    University of Pennsylvania, 1993
Research Methods
Computational Modeling
Bayesian Models
Research Interests
Computational Linguistics
Lexical Semantics
Dr. Philip Resnik
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