abril 2007


 ¨I am a computational linguist in Saarbrücken, Germany working as Professor at Saarland University and as Scientific Director at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). I am also involved in two young language technology enterprises as co-founder and advisor¨ says Hans Uszkoreit in his own page.

 Hans Uszkoreit studied Linguistics and computer science at the Technical  University of Berlin and the University of Texas at Austin.  From 1982 until 1986, he worked at the artificial Intelligence center of SRI International in Menlo Park, Ca. During this time he was also affiliated with the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University. During six months in 1986, he worked for the Science Division of IBM. He also worked for IBM Germany as a project leader in the project LILOG. At the same time, he taught for the university of Stuttgart. In 1989 he became the head of the Language Technology Lab at the DKI. Since 2006, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the international initiative dropping knoweldge. He is now working on different projects of the DFKI.

He has published   and co-published  a lot of books and articles. Among others, we can mention ”Categorial Unifocation Grammars”(1986) or “Language technology from a European Perspective” (2005).

In this new semester I am going to write about the human languages technologies.This is the information that I have found about the definitions of human language technologies:

The overall objective of HLT is to support e-business in a global context and to promote a human centred infostructure ensuring equal access and usage opportunities for all.This is to be achieved by developing multilingual technologies and demonstrating exemplary applications providing features and functions that are critical for the realisation of a truly user friendly Information Society. Projects address generic and applied RTD from a multi- and cross-lingual perspective, and undertake to demonstrate how language specific solutions can be transferred to and adapted for other languages.IST Web.

2) Human Language Technologies (HLT) is a new term that embraces a wide range of areas of research and development in the sphere of what used to be called Language Technologies or Language Engineering. The aim of this module is to familiarise the student with selected key areas of HLT. ICT4LT Module 3.5

3) Human Language Technology (HLT) involves the analysis, mining and production of natural language. HLT has matured over the last decade to a point at which robust and scaleable applications are possible in a variety of areas. eswc2005

4)Human Language Technology is a relatively new discipline that investigates two main issues. On the one hand it explores the theoretical and practical issues surrounding the ability to get technology, especially modern information communications technology (ICT), to interact with humans using natural language capabilities. On the other hand, it is a discipline that investigates how technologies, especially ICTs, can serve as useful adjuncts to humans in language understanding, including analysis, processing, storage and retrieval. This investigation could lead to practical applications, including the design of online learning environments for language learning and multilingual retrieval for automatic translation. BA