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Magazine: Fall 2014 | Volume 21, No. 1

Do no evil in research

COLUMN: Letter from the editors

Do no evil in research

By Inbal Talgam-Cohen, Sean Follmer

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Codes of ethics, Document types

Diverse responses to our diversty issue

New directions in language processing

Technology for talking

From zero to excellence

DEPARTMENT: Updates

From zero to excellence

By Claudia Schulz

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Computing organizations

A call for passion

Successfully transitioning from academia to entrepreneurship

Why to get involved in the open source community?

The geometric origins of spectral graph theory

Talking to computers in natural language

SECTION: Features

Talking to computers in natural language

Natural language understanding is as old as computing itself, but recent advances in machine learning and the rising demand of natural-language interfaces make it a promising time to once again tackle the long-standing challenge.

By Percy Liang

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Natural language interfaces, Natural language processing

To err is human, to correct is divine

To err is human, to correct is divine

Technology has made language learning a more interactive and enjoyable experience, but it has never been smart enough to replace human tutors. However, the latest advances in automated grammatical error correction open up new horizons. Could software ever replace our language teachers?

By Mariano Felice, Zheng Yuan

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Natural language interfaces, Natural language processing, Text editing

From wax tablets to touchscreens

From wax tablets to touchscreens

How we can enable users to transmit text to mobile and ubiquitous computer systems as quickly and as accurately as possible.

By Per Ola Kristensson

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Interaction devices, Natural language processing, Touch screens

Ancient Sumerian online

Ancient Sumerian online

Far from its beginnings as symbols pressed into clay tablets, Ancient Sumerian is now being digitized and shared through cutting edge semantic web technologies.

By Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Language translation, Natural language interfaces, Natural language processing

Detecting influencers in social media discussions

Detecting influencers in social media discussions

Knowing who's influential can help when planning political campaigns, advertising strategies, or even combating terrorism; and now research into influence detection promises to automate such detection.

By Sara Rosenthal

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Law, social and behavioral sciences, Natural language interfaces, Natural language processing

Spoken dialogue systems

Spoken dialogue systems

Wouldn't it be great if we could simply talk to our technical devices instead of relying on cumbersome displays and keyboards to convey what we want?

By Pierre Lison, Raveesh Meena

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Communication hardware, interfaces and storage, Natural language interfaces, Natural language processing

A hybrid system for code switch point detection in informal Arabic text

A hybrid system for code switch point detection in informal Arabic text

How to detect the switch between a standard and a dialectal form of a language in written text and why this is important for natural language processing tasks.

By Heba Elfardy, Mohamed Al-Badrashiny, Mona Diab

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Compilers, Language translation, Natural language interfaces, Natural language processing

Miriam Plieninger on language learning with Babbel

Miriam Plieninger on language learning with Babbel

Babbel's Director of Didactics, Miriam Plieninger, weighs in on how mobile apps are rapidly changing the way we approach language learning.

By Daniel Bauer, Billy Rathje

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Information systems applications, Language translation, Learning paradigms, Machine learning, Natural language processing, Personal computers and PC applications

Profile Geoffrey Hinton<br />Unlocking the language of the brain

National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM)

Speech synthesis

DEPARTMENT: Back

Speech synthesis

By Finn Kuusisto

HTML | In the Digital Library
Tags: Speech recognition

Dynamics of news from the <i>New York Times</i>