HLT Lab: The Human Language Technologies Lab at Penn State

Natural language is integral to how humanity communicates, synthesizes, and stores information. Our lab's research combines natural language processing (NLP), privacy, security, and computational social science to to enable computers to do meaningful work with large volumes of text. Our work is interdisciplinary, with collaborators in law, public policy, civil engineering, and other disciplines.

You can browse our publications or watch videos below of Dr. Wilson speaking about research.

Venn diagram with circles labeled natural language processing, privacy and security, and computational social science; brief descriptions of research projects inside each area of the diagram
A Venn diagram of a selection of my lab's research projects in 2023.


Dr. Wilson speaks first in this video about the NLP components of the Usable Privacy Policy Project. It's part of a series of videos describing a large multi-institution collaborative project.

Dr. Wilson speaks first and last (and in the middle) of the video below promoting artificial intelligence research at Penn State. (Production credits and press release are here.)


Our work has received support from The National Science Foundation, The National Institutes of Health, The Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence, The Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education, The Center for Social Data Analytics, The Usable Privacy Policy Project, The Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium, and The Ohio Supercomputer Center.

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