The BergLab is Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick's lab in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California San Diego. Our group works on natural language processing and machine learning, focusing on unsupervised methods for deciphering hidden structure. We develop techniques for analyzing various kinds of human data, including natural language -- but also diverse sources like early modern books, handwritten text, historical ciphers, and music.


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  • April 04, 2024
    Congratulations to Dr. Nikita Srivatsan on her successful PhD defense! 🥳 Nikita will be joining Scaled Cognition after graduation.
  • December 12, 2023
    Congratulations to Dr. Brendan Duncan on defending his PhD thesis! 🎊 Brendan will be joining Feeling Good App after graduation.
  • April 21, 2023
    Congratulations to Dr. Fatemehsadat Mireshghallah for successfully defending her PhD thesis on “Auditing and Mitigating Safety Risks in Large Language Models”! 🎉 Niloofar has joined University of Washington as a postdoctroal scholar.
  • September 14, 2022
    Congratulations to Dr. Maria Ryskina on her PhD thesis defense! 🥳 Maria will now start her postdoc at MIT Brain and Cognitive Sciences.
  • August 16, 2022
    Taylor has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for Modeling Language Evolution via Deep Probabilistic Factorization! Read more in CSE news.
  • May 20, 2022
    Congratulations to Dr. Junxian He on defending his PhD dissertation! 🎊 Junxian will shortly join Shanghai Jiao Tong University as an Assistant Professor.
  • February 28, 2022
    Congratulations to Dr. Volkan Cirik, who defended his PhD dissertation today! 🎉 Upon graduation, Volkan will be joining ASAPP.
  • November 18, 2021
    Congratulations to Dr. Harsh Jhamtani on his PhD thesis defense! 🥳 After graduation, Harsh will be joining Microsoft Semantic Machines.
  • July 22, 2021
    Kartik, Nikolai, and Taylor co-organized the panel on Computational Bibliography at ACH 2021 together with Christopher Warren, Max G’Sell, and Sam Lemley.
  • July 15, 2021
    Congratulations to Dr. Kartik Goyal on defending his PhD thesis! 🎉 Kartik is joining TTIC as a Research Assistant Professor in September.
  • July 09, 2021
    Nikolai co-presented “Shakespeare, Print Networks, and the History of Clandestine Printing” with Christopher Warren at Networks 2021. This is joint work with Kartik and Taylor along with collaborators from the Print and Probability project.
  • November 27, 2019
    Taylor went on the NLP Highlights podcast, where he talked about OCR for historical documents, compositor attribution, and the Print and Probability project.
  • November 24, 2019
    Articles in CMU News and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on identifying the publishers of historical documents by tracking broken pieces of type, collaboration between researchers at BergLab, CMU LTI and CMU Dietrich College!
  • October 10, 2018
    Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick has completed the move to sunny San Diego and UCSD!
  • March 21, 2018
    We have a group website based on awesome Sampa Jekyll Template!
  • May 07, 2016
    Article in The Economist about our collaboration with Dr. Talisin Hammond on decoding chipmunk behavior from accelerometer data.