Event Type:

Department Colloquium

Date/Time:

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 08:00

Location:

Kidder 350

Local Speaker:

Abstract:

One of the "next big things" in technology is teaching computers to

understand natural language in context. This has applications to

education, security, business, health care, research and many other areas.

Current approaches involve computational linguistics and AI algorithms

which rely on relatively simple mathematics but likely could use some new

mathematical ideas. The speaker will talk about some practical problems of

interest, show related technology, describe some of the math behind it,

and lead an open discussion. This is non-technical talk meant to stimulate

thought and present opportunities. (We might also see how everyone does

on a middle school math game.)