Human Language Media and Modeling Designated Emphasis


The graduate designated emphasis (DE) leading to the degree notation “with an emphasis in Human-Language Media and Modeling” (HLMM) is a collaboration of faculty from the Departments of Computer Science and Engineering, Computational Media, and Linguistics. This DE is administered by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Students wishing to complete a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation in this area must satisfy the degree requirements of a primary program as well as of the DE. The DE is most suitable for students pursuing degrees in linguistics, computational media, computer science and engineering, and psychology. However, students from any area may work in this interdisciplinary field as long as they meet all requirements, including progress, within the primary degree program. 

The current HLMM DE faculty are:

  • Pranav Anand, Linguistics
  • Jeffrey Flanigan, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Jean E. Fox Tree, Psychology
  • Marilyn Walker, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Yi Zhang,Computer Science and Engineering


All students must demonstrate an understanding of human-language media and modeling, through prior work and the completion of a set of HLMM electives or courses.

Committee Composition and Departmental Approvals

The student’s M.S. project or Ph.D. qualifying exam, or Ph.D. committee must include one member of the HLMM faculty.

Course Requirements

All students must complete three five-unit graduate core courses from the approved list of courses and one two-unit seminar course and provide evidence of having attended 6 related seminars or invited talks.

List of Approved Courses

Three 5-credit courses plus two, 2-credit seminars are required, chosen from the list of approved courses, which is initially:

CMPM235User Evaluation of Technology


CSE240Artificial Intelligence


CMPM244Artificial Intelligence in Games


/LING 245/CMPM 245
Computational Models of Discourse and Dialogue


CMPM248Interactive Storytelling


CMPM265Generative Methods


/DANM 250D
Playable Media


CSE290KAdvanced Topics in Natural Language Processing


/DANM 290P
Topics in Computational Cinematography


CMPM280XExpressive AI


CMPM280WSeminar in Digital Media


CSE280ZSeminar in Natural Language Processing and Dialogue


The following course numberings are no longer current, but these previous numberings can fulfill the designated emphasis requirement: CMPS 244, CMPS 248, CMPS 265, CMPS 290J, CMPS 290P, CMPS 280W, CMPM 280Z and CMPE 235.

Writing, Research and/or Teaching Requirements

The student’s master’s project, dissertation or thesis must demonstrate knowledge of, and orientation to, research issues related to HLMM.

Proficiency Requirements

All students must demonstrate an understanding of Human-Language Media and Modeling, through prior work and the completion of a set of HLMM electives or courses.