Language Technology in the Mobile Age

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Increasingly, mobile devices are becoming the primary means by which people interact with the internet. This includes the traditional domains of search -- information retrieval and question answering -- but also goal-directed interactions, such as getting driving directions, making a calendar entry or ordering a pizza. Due to device size and the lack of traditional input-output mechanisms (e.g., keyboard and large screen) technologies such as voice recognition and information synthesis are no longer peripheral features, but key modalities critical to user experience. In this talk I will outline the challenges for language technologies in the mobile age. In particular, building multilingual systems to support Google's vast international user base is imperative, as users demand native language support for adoption. Unfortunately, many language technologies are developed "English-first", which leads to hard coded assumptions about syntax and semantics that do not generalize. To combat this, I will talk about various solutions from end-to-end learning to multilingual intermediate representations. Specifically, I will argue that morphosyntactic layers can be viewed as a reasonable multilingual intermediate representation useful for many user facing technologies.

Wed, 19/10/2016 - 14:00 - 16:00
Main Lecture Room
I.I.&T., NCSR "Demokritos"

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