Christiane Fellbaum

Christiane D. Fellbaum is a Lecturer with Rank of Professor in the Program in Linguistics and the Computer Science Department at Princeton University. [1] She received a Ph.D. from Princeton University in linguistics and later joined Princeton's Cognitive Science Laboratory working with George Armitage Miller. Together with Miller and his team, she was a creator of WordNet,[1] a large lexical database that serves as a widely used resource in computational linguistics and natural language processing.

Many researchers have since built upon her work, including AI researcher Fei-Fei Li, the inventor of ImageNet, was inspired by a 2006 conversation with Fellbaum as well as by the name and design of the original WordNet.[2]

In 2001, she received the Wolfgang-Paul Prize of the Humboldt-Foundation and started the 'Kollokationen im Wörterbuch' project at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. She is a founder and president of the Global WordNet Association, which guides the construction of lexical databases in many languages. Together with G. A. Miller, she received the 2006 Antonio Zampolli Prize of the European Lexical Resource Association.

Her research focuses on lexical semantics, the syntax-semantics interface, and computational linguistics.

She is a site coordinator of the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad


  1. "Fellbaum receives $1.6 million award for linguistics research". Princeton University. November 28, 2001. Retrieved May 5, 2019. At Princeton, she is one of the creators of WordNet, a database of English words that are linked to each other according to their meanings...Fellbaum received her Ph.D. in linguistics from Princeton. After several teaching and research positions, she returned to Princeton to work as a research scientist in 1987.
  2. Gershgorn, George (July 26, 2017). "The data that transformed AI research—and possibly the world". Quartz. Retrieved May 5, 2019. Having read about WordNet’s approach, Li met with professor Christiane Fellbaum, a researcher influential in the continued work on WordNet, during a 2006 visit to Princeton.

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