Michael Gasser


Emeritus Associate Professor
Informatics & Computing and Cognitive Science
Indiana University

Who I am
This informal autobiography of me explains how I moved among the different fields that I've been in. It's a little out-of-date. In particular it doesn't say that I retired in May 2012 and now live in Santa Cruz, California. I am still doing research, but I will not be taking on any new PhD students.
What I do
The research that I current do is concerned with developing tools for languages of the Global South. You can find out more about it on the PLoGS page. This project grew out of an earlier, overly ambitious group of projects called Human Language Technology and the Democratization of Information (HLTDI).
Outside of academia, I have been involved in the Indiana University Progressive Faculty and Staff Caucus while in Bloomington; social forums; the sister-city project relating Bloomington, Indiana to Santa Clara, Cuba; the climate justice network System Change Not Climate Change; and, most recently, various food justice campaigns. I also like to travel when I have an excuse to.
I've published a bunch of academic papers. I've also given talks and interviews, including some on non-academic topics. I've written a free, online introductory textbook for linguistics. And I've written software, for both teaching and research.
How to find me
You can e-mail me at <gasser at indiana dot edu>. If you want to use encryption, you'll need my PGP/GPG public key. If you want to talk or chat, look for me on Jitsi (<onlyskybl at gmail dot com>).