Christiane D. Fellbaum is a prominent computational linguist affiliated with Princeton University. She was born in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, Germany and has lived in the United States since 1969. After graduating from Princeton University with a PhD in linguistics, she became a part of the Cognitive Science department under George Armitage Miller and has played an active role in the development of WordNet, a well-known lexical database that is motivated by cognitive science but has also served as an important resource in computational natural language processing applications. In 2001, through the gift of the Wolfgang-Paul Prize of the Humboldt-Foundation, she started the 'Kollokationen im Wörterbuch' project at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. She is a founder and president of the Global WordNet Association, that guides the constructions of lexical databases in many languages around the globe. As a Senior Research Scholar at Princeton's Computer Science Department, she continues to manage the WordNet project and carry out research on lexical semantics.
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