We introduce IDeaL (Information Density and Linguistic Encoding), a collaborative research center that investigates the hypothesis that language use may be driven by the optimal use of the communication channel. From the point of view of linguistics, our approach promises to shed light on selected aspects of language variation that are hitherto not sufficiently explained. Applications of our research can be envisaged in various areas of natural language processing and AI, including machine translation, text generation, speech synthesis and multimodal interfaces.
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The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved the Research Project B6 – Aspects of Information Density in Human and Machine Translation as of August 1st 2015. The Project will be coordinated by Prof. Josef van Genabith.
More details coming soon.
On Monday, Saarland University opened its new Graduate Centre as a building in which young scientists will be able to work and organise meetings or small conferences. The opening ceremony for the Graduate Centre, which brought together researchers from all disciplines under the heading “Science and Humanities in the Digital World“, included a talk by SFB speaker Elke Teich entitled “Language – Text – Information” (Please click here for the presentation slides).
For further information on the new Graduate Centre, please click here.
In an interview with radio station SR 2 aired on April 16, Elke Teich gave an overview of the research conducted in the SFB 1102. You can access the audio file of the interview here.
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