AIC Seminar Series
Reference Specification in Multilingual Document Production
Date: Thursday, April 14th 2005 at 4:00pm
Location: EJ228 (Directions)
To produce documents in multiple languages automatically requires a
language-independent representation of the documents' meaning. For a
person to build this language-independent representation by communicating
in natural language with a computer system, the problem of reference must
be addressed. This problem, inherent in natural language, presents itself
not only in the specification of the language-independent representation,
but also in the generation of documents with the meaning contained in this
representation. This talk presents methods to make both the
specification of entities in the user interface and the generation of
expressions to refer to these entities in documents more natural and
provides empirical evidence demonstrating the efficacy of these methods.
Jill Nickerson is a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science at Harvard
University, completing her degree in June 2005. Her thesis is entitled
Reference Specification in Multilingual Document Production. Her research
interests are in natural-language processing, specifically in
human-computer interaction, spoken dialogue systems, and natural-language
generation. Jill received her undergraduate degrees in Computer Science
and Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998. More
information about her work is available at
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