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Chris Callison-Burch is an associate professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. His course on Artificial Intelligence has one of the highest enrollments at the university with over 500 students taking the class each Fall.

He is best known for his research into natural language processing. His current research is focused on applications of large language models to long-standing challenges in artificial intelligence. His PhD students joke that now whenever they ask him anything his first response is “Have you tried GPT for that?”

Prof Callison-Burch has more than 100 publications, which have been cited over 25,000 times. He is a Sloan Research Fellow, and he has received faculty research awards from Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, and Roblox, in addition to funding from DARPA, IARPA, and the NSF.

On May 17, 2023, Prof Callison-Burch testified before congress about the relationship of generative AI and Copyright Law.

Promotion Materials

I’m going up for promotion to Full Professor this year. If you’d like to see my materials here they are:

Recent Talks

  1. Penn Engineering Podcast. Exploring AI in Engineering. April 24, 2024
  2. AIs Wide Open Podcast. The relationship between AI and copyright. February 21, 2024
  3. Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty (PASEF). Ask an Expert About ChatGPT and Generative AI. November 8, 2023
  4. Hopkins Business of Health Initiative (HBHI). Driving Innovation with Generative AI. September 15, 2023
  5. The Society Of Composers and Lyricists. Ask an Expert about ChatGPT and Generative AI. August 14, 2023
  6. NLP Highlights Podcast. Generative AI and Copyright. May 25, 2023
  7. Wharton. Invited Speaker at workshop on Large Language Models: Computer Science meets Social Science. May 19, 2023
  8. The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. Testimony at hearing on "Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property: Part I – Interoperability of AI and Copyright Law". May 17, 2023
  9. US Copyright Office. Panelist in the Copyright Office AI Listening Sessions - Literary Works. April 19, 2023
  10. Penn Engineering Podcast. The Growth and Impact of Generative AI. April 14, 2023
  11. Duolingo. Using Large Language Models to Generate Course Materials. March 16, 2023
  12. Penn’s Data Driven Discovery Initiative. Panel Discussion on ChatGPT and Generative AI. February 23, 2023
  13. Penn Medicine Seminar. Ask An Expert About ChatGPT. February 14, 2023
  14. Penn ASSET Seminar. Using Large Language Models to Build Explainable Classifiers. February 8, 2023
  15. TAC Conference. Panel Discussion on What Large Language Models Cannot Do. February 3, 2023
My office hours for Spring 2024 are Thursdays 3:30-5pm in Towne 280.