Malihe Alikhani


I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the School of Computing and Information at the University of Pittsburgh.  I work towards building human-level artificial intelligent entities that can work with humans on a broad range of problems using a wide variety of methods, knowledge, and learning techniques. 

My primary research interests are in the fields of Natural Language Processing and Cognitive Science with broader interests in Computational Social Sciences. My recent work has focused on understanding the structure of multimodal communication when language is combined with spatial representations, such as gestures and pointing in face-to-face conversations and illustrations in written communication. My research reflects the long-term scientific challenge of understanding how people formulate and understand such presentations.  

I completed my Ph.D. in the Department of Computer Science and earned a graduate certificate in Cognitive Science at Rutgers University under the supervision of Prof. Matthew Stone.


  • November 16, 2020: I am organizing a workshop with Jason Baldridge, Mohit Bansal,  Archna Bhatia, Parisa Kordjamshidi, and Marie-Francine Moens on "Spatial Language Understanding" at EMNLP-2020. 

  • July 5, 2020:  I will be teaching a tutorial at ACL 2020 with Matthew Stone on "Achieving Common Ground in Multimodal Dialogue".

  • May 27, 2020: Talk at SRI

  • March 26, 2020: Talk at Rice 

  • March 19, 2020: Talk at University of Florida

  • March 3, 2020: Talk at University of Pittsburgh

  • February 26, 2020: Talk at Penn State

  • February 18, 2020: Talk at Illinois Tech

  • February 10, 2020: Presentation at AAAI-2020 

  • February 3, 2020: Talk at Brown University

  • November 22, 2019:  Talk at NYC Natural Language, Dialog, and Speech Symposium