Brandeis computer scientist wins major Mellon Foundation grant

By Lawrence Goodman

Apple has Siri. Google has Google Assistant.

Brandeis computer scientist James Pustejovsky wants to ensure the public — and especially academic researchers — have access to an even more powerful language recognition system.

He and his colleagues at Vassar, Carnegie Mellon University and the Linguistic Data Consortium at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a platform (the LAPPS Grid) that seamlessly connects open-source computer programs to quickly analyze huge amounts of language from diverse sources and genres. The programs identify the words, figure out their overall meaning, and finally, help to uncover hidden relationships embedded in the data.

With a two-year, $390,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, he and colleagues from around the world will dramatically extend the range of this platform by linking it to a similarly broad and extensive one known as the European Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure (CLARIN). "I can't talk to their stuff, they can't talk to our stuff," says Pustejovsky. "We're trying to bring these two big services together."

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Categories: Faculty
Date: November 22, 2016