The University of the Saarland has Information Technology and Natural Language Engineering as one of its central fields of research. The Computer Science Department, Computational Linguistics Department (CL) and Departments for Machine Translation and Information Science contribute to this research within the university. Together with DFKI (German Research Centre for AI), the Max-Planck Institute for Computer Science, and several other associated research institutes, it forms one of Europe's largest and most important sites for IT and LE research.
The CL department consists of four chairs: two chairs in Computational Linguistics, held by Prof. Dr. Manfred Pinkal and Prof. Dr. Hans Uszkoreit, one chair for Phonetics/Phonology, held by Prof. Dr. William Barry, and one chair for Psycholinguistics, held by Prof. Dr. Matthew Crocker.
The CL department hosts a considerable number of research projects, ranging from theoretical basic research to the development of industrial prototypes. It is essentially involved in the Saarbrucken Special Research Division 378 "Resource-Adaptive Cognitive Processes" of the DFG (German Science Foundation) and in the Graduate Programme in Cognitive Science.
A selective list of projects hosted at the Computational Linguistics Department:
·Semantic Processing With Constraints and Preferences
·COLLATE: Computational Linguistics and Language Technology for Real Life Applications
·Deep Thought: Hybrid and Shallow Methods for Knowledge-Intensive Information Extraction
·DIALOG: Tutorial Dialogue with a Mathematics Assistance System
·ESPERONTO: Bridging the gap between WWW and Semantic Web
·InDiGen: Integrated Discourse Generation
·SALSA: The Saarbrücken Lexical Semantics Annotation Project: Constructing a corpus resource for lexical semantics
·MiLCA: Medienintensive Lehrmodule in der Computerlinguistik-Ausbildung
·NEGRA: Concurrent Grammatical Processing
·PERFORM: Performance Modelling for Declarative Grammars
·SFB 378: Collaborative Research Centre 378: Resource-Adaptive Cognitive Processes
·TIGER: Linguistic Interpretation of a German Corpus
·Logox: German and English text-to-speech synthesis on the basis of microsegment concatenation, in collaboration with G DATA.
·Mary: A modular German text-to-speech synthesis system, in collaboration with DFKI.
·German Intonation: Verification and extension of a model of German intonation (see also GToBI)
·NaDia: Phrase-based speech synthesis, in collaboration with CLT
·PhonASR: Phonetic features, speaking rate and subword units in acoustic decoding for automatic speech recognition
·Speaking lift: Speech recognition for the lift in the General Linguistics building, in collaboration with Computational Linguistics and Computer Science
·PrAnK: Prosodic analysis of the German KielCorpus
·NECA: A net environment for embodied emotional conversational agents, in collaboration with OEFAI (coordinator), DFKI Freeserve, ITRI and Sysis
·Phon2: Online phonetics course, initially aimed at native speakers of Bulgarian, English, French and German, in collaboration with University of Reading (coordinator), University of Sofia and University of Pau.
·Voice profiles: Classification of healthy and pathological voice profiles on the basis of the microphone and electroglottographic signals, in collaboration with the ENT clinic of Caritasklinik St. Theresia in Saarbrücken and the Department of Neurology and the Department of Neurosurgery of the University of the Saarland in Homburg, funded by the German Research Council (DFG).
·TRINDI: Task Oriented Instructional Dialogue
·ELAN: Ellipsis and Anaphor
·LATESLAV: Language Processing Technologies for Slavic Languages
·BiLD: Bidirectional Linguistic Deduction
·DANDELION: Discourse Functions and Discourse Representation
·FraCaS: Framework for Computational Semantics
·LILOG: Linguistic and Logical Methods for Text Understanding
·LISA: Inference and Natural Language Semantics
·RGR: Reusable Grammatical Resources
·SPHERE: From Articulation to Perception: Representations in Speech and Hearing
·SAMOS: Semantic Analysis in a Modular System Processing Partially Free Word
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