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Foundations of Language Processing

Research group 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.

Head of research

Suna Bensch
Associate professor
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Henrik Björklund
Associate professor
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Johanna Björklund
Associate professor
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Adam Dahlgren Lindström
Doctoral student
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Hannah Devinney
Doctoral student
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Anton Eklund
Doctoral student
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Emil Häglund
Doctoral student
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Anna Jonsson
Senior research engineer
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Iris Mollevik
Doctoral student
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Yonas Woldemariam
Research student
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Overview

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Computing Science

Research area

Computing science

Research projects

SAVANT – Self-optimising Video Platform for Affiliate Marketing
Research area: 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, Springer Nature 2021, Vol. 58 : 177-194
Björklund, Johanna; Cleophas, Loek
ACM Digital Library 2021
Hatefi, Arezoo; Vu, Xuan-Son; Bhuyan, Monowar H.; et al.
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
SLTC 2020 – The Eighth Swedish Language Technology Conference, 25–27 November 2020, Online
Devinney, Hannah; Björklund, Jenny; Björklund, Henrik
SLTC 2020 – The Eighth Swedish Language Technology Conference, Online, November 25–27, 2020
Hatefi, Arezoo; Drewes, Frank
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.
Awarded 4 million SEK for developing new Deep Learning methods

Johanna Björklund receives funding for research on semantic parsing of multimodal data.