Raphael Finkel

University of Kentucky

Short Bio: 
Raphael Finkel received a PhD from Stanford University in 1976 in the area of Robotics. He was a faculty member of the University of Wisconsin -- Madison from 1976 to 1987. He has been a professor of computer science at the University of Kentucky in Lexington since 1987. Dr. Finkel was associated with the first work on quad trees, k-d trees, quotient networks, and the Roscoe/Arachne, Charlotte, Yackos, and Unify operating systems. He was involved in developing DIB, a package for distributing tree-structured computations in a dynamic fashion on an arbitrary number of computers. Dr. Finkel has worked with linguists, in particular, Professor Gregory Stump, to design and implement KATR (an extension of DATR for network morphology), PFME (a Paradigm Function Morphology Morphology Engine), and PPA (the Principal Part Analyzer). The analysis of principal parts led to a joint monograph, "Morphological Typology: From Word to Paradigm," published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. 2013. Dr. Finkel is collaborating with Dr. Daniel Kaufman of the Endangered Language Institute, building Kratylos, a facility to let researchers upload and search lexical and corpus datasets from FieldWorks, Praat, Elan and other software. Dr. Finkel spent the first months of 2016 in Guildford, England, working with the Surrey Morphology Group, headed by Professor Greville Corbett.