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Foundations of Language Processing

Languages, formal or natural, permeate our intellectual and practical lives. When agents, computer or human, wish to communicate something, they must encode it in some type of language. We study how languages can be processed based on their structure, and how their semantics or meaning can be extracted.

Languages are typically defined by syntactic rules or well-formedness constraints, and their sentences are commonly associated with some type of semantics or meaning. Moreover, language is usually embedded in the context of other information-bearing content. Perhaps the most obvious example is video, where language appears in the form of text (subtitles) and speech, but there is also visual content and there may be metadata embedded in the video.

The research group Foundations of Language Processing studies the theoretical and practical aspects of representing language on computers, and its interconnection with other sources of information. The work of the group spans from the theoretical analysis of formal languages as a theoretical basis for XML and linguistic applications to the study, practical implementation, and application of multimodal media analysis.

Research leader

Suna Bensch
Associate professor
Henrik Björklund
Associate professor
Johanna Björklund
Associate professor

Research projects

SAVANT – Self-optimising Video Platform for Affiliate Marketing
Research subject: Computing science
Duration 1 March 2018 until 29 February 2020
Type of project Research project
Syntactical methods for text classification
Duration 1 November 2014 until 30 September 2017
Type of project Research project
MICO - Media in context
Duration 1 May 2013 until 30 April 2016
Type of project Research project
Parameterized Natural Language Parsing
Duration 12 October 2012 until 6 February 2020
Type of project Research project

Latest publications

Acta Informatica
Björklund, Johanna; Cleophas, Loek
NeHuAI 2020 : First International Workshop on New Foundations for Human-Centered AI: Proceedings of the First International Workshop on New Foundations for Human-Centered AI (NeHuAI) co-located with 24th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2020), RWTH Aachen University 2020 : 3-10
Hellström, Thomas; Dignum, Virginia; Bensch, Suna
Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Finite-State Methods and Natural Language Processing, Association for Computational Linguistics 2019 : 7-17
Björklund, Johanna; Cohen, Shay B.; Drewes, Frank; et al.
Simulation and modeling methodologies, technologies and applications: 7th international conference, (SIMULTECH) 2017, Madrid, Spain, July 26-28, 2017 : revised selected papers, Springer 2019 : 153-176
Bensch, Suna; Ewert, Sigrid
Journal of computer and system sciences (Print), Vol. 104 : 119-130
Björklund, Johanna; Drewes, Frank; Zechner, Niklas
Graph Transformation: 12th International Conference, ICGT 2019, Held as Part of STAF 2019, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, July 15–16, 2019, Proceedings, Springer 2019 : 55-72
Drewes, Frank; Hoffmann, Berthold; Minas, Mark
11th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence, Prague, Czech Republic, 19-21 February 2019.
Baranwal, Neha; Singh, Avinash; Bensch, Suna
The Journal of logical and algebraic methods in programming, Elsevier 2019, Vol. 104 : 303-341
Drewes, Frank; Hoffmann, Berthold; Minas, Mark
Implementation and Application of Automata: 23rd International Conference, CIAA 2018, Charlottetown, PE, Canada, July 30 – August 2, 2018, Proceedings, Springer 2018 : 197-108
Björklund, Johanna; Drewes, Frank; Jonsson, Anna

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