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Important researchers on HLT (Questionnaire 1)

marzo 29th, 2009 · No hay Comentarios

There are some important researchers on the field of Human Language Technologies (HLT). One of those researchers is Martin Kay. As he says, his main interests are translation (by people and machines), and computational linguistic algorithms, specially in the fields of morphology and syntax. He is well known for his work in computational linguistics; what’s more, he started to work in one of the earliest centres of Computational Linguistics research: the Cambridge Language Research Unit. He is nowadays Professor of Linguistics at Stanford University, and the developments he has made in the field of  Human Language Technologies in subjects such as chart parsing and functional unification grammar have to be mentioned, as well as the fact that he has been regarded as a leading authority on machine translation.

Another important researcher is Yorick Wilks, a British Computer Scientist who is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield. There he directs the Institute for Language, Speech and Hearing. He wrote an algorithmic method “for assigning the “most coherent” interpretation to a sentence in terms of having the maximum number of internal preferences of its parts (normally verbs or adjectives) satisfied”. In the 1090s he got interested in modeling human-computer dialogue, and in this time he is the Director of the EU funded Companions Project on creating long-term computer companions for people.

Hans Uskoreit is also a researcher that has to be mentioned. He is Professor of Computational Linguistics at Saarland University and head of the DFKI Language Technology Lab, as he serves as Scientific Director at that German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence. During his career he has affiliated with several centers and he is member of lots of associations, as The European Academy of  Science or the International Committee of Computational Linguistics.


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