11.0524 computing in classics; speech & language processing

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Mon, 19 Jan 1998 18:37:15 +0000 (GMT)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 524.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk> (35)
Subject: Computing in Classical Studies

[2] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu> (70)
Subject: New summer internship in speech and language

Date: Mon, 19 Jan 1998 11:18:46 GMT
From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk>
Subject: Computing in Classical Studies


Computing in Classical Studies

A colloquium on the current role, possible futures and both the scholarly
and professional implications of applied computing in classical Greek and
Roman studies. Sponsored by the Centre for Computing in the Humanities and
Department of Classics, King's College London, and the Institute of
Classical Studies, University of London.

Gregory Crane (Perseus Project, Tufts), "The philologist on Mars: Words and
language in a multimedia postmodern world"

Don Fowler (Jesus College, Oxford), "From scroll to screen: The future of
epistemological prosthetics in Classical Studies"

Geoffrey Waywell and Hafed Walda (Classics) and Robin Kilpatrick (Computing
Centre, King's College London), "Daidalos: A database of sources and images
for ancient Greek sculptors and sculpture"

Charles Crowther (Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents) and Veit Schenk
(Engineering Science, Oxford), "Ancient Documents and Digital Images"

James J. O'Donnell (Classics, Pennsylvania), "Past Presence: Technology and
the Way Classicists Understand Themselves"

Thursday, 12 February 1998
Institute of Classical Studies
University of London
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

Programme and registration details available at

Dr. Willard McCarty
Senior Lecturer, Centre for Computing in the Humanities
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS
+44 (0)171 873 2784 voice; 873 5081 fax

Date: Fri, 16 Jan 1998 12:36:51 -0500 (EST)
From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu>
Subject: New summer internship in speech and language processing

>> From: ws98ishp@challenge.clsp.jhu.edu (WS 98 internship)


The Center for Language and Speech Processing at the Johns Hopkins
University is seeking outstanding members of the current junior class to
participate in a summer workshop on language engineering from June 29 to
August 21, 1998.

No limitation is placed on the undergraduate major. Only relevant skills,
employment experience, past academic record and the strength of letters of
recommendation will be considered. Students of Biomedical Engineering,
Computer Science, Cognitive Science, Electrical Engineering, Linguistics,
Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, etc. may apply. Women and minorities
are encouraged to apply.

* An opportunity to explore an exciting new area of research;

* A two week tutorial on speech and language technology;

* Mentoring by an experienced researcher;

* Use of a computer workstation throughout the workshop;

* A $4800 stipend and $1680 towards per diem expenses;

* Private accommodation for 8 weeks covering the workshop;

* Travel expenses to and from the workshop venue;

* Participation in project planning activities.

The workshop provides a vigorously stimulating and enriching intellectual
environment and hopes to attract students to eventually pursue graduate
study or research in the field of human language technologies.

Application forms are available via the internet or by mail. Electronic
submission of applications is strongly encouraged. Applications must be
received at CLSP by 30th Jan., 1998. For details, contact CLSP, Barton
Hall, 3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, visit our web site at
http://www.clsp.jhu.edu, or call 410 516 4237.



Automated systems that interact with human users in naturally spoken
language will greatly enhance productivity and program usability. Such
interfaces will act as on- and off-ramps to the information super-highway,
allowing user-friendly access to services. In other tasks, such as
accessing a database of maintenance manuals while performing intricate
repairs, and for handicapped users, enhancing the interface with speech is
essential, not just a convenience. Yet other applications are conversion
of phone mail to text, transcription of radio or television programs,
translation of data from one language to another, and information

While speech systems have made a commercial appearance, mostly in the form
of personal dictation systems, recognition technology is still inadequate
in many respects for the tasks listed above. For instance, automatic
recognition of natural conversational speech results in incorrect
transcription of one-third of the words spoken. Mechanical translations of
technical manuals from English to Spanish result in confusing and
ungrammatical instructions. Even parsing sentences from newspaper
articles, which one may expect to be easy due to their professional
editing, leads to faulty automatic analysis of half the sentences.

There is need to make progress in this important field. The number of
available personnel educated in the field is small and relatively few
universities presently educate students capable of performing the required

We are organizing a six week workshop on Language Engineering at the Johns
Hopkins University from July 13 to August 24, 1998, in which mixed teams
of professionals and students will work together to advance the state of
the art. The professionals will be university professors and leading
industrial and government researchers presently working in widely
dispersed locations. Six or more undergraduate students will be selected
through a nationwide search from the current junior class based on
outstanding academic promise. Graduate students will be selected in
accordance with their demonstrated research performance.

Three topics of research for this workshop were determined by a group of
leading professionals in the field:

1. Dynamic Segmental Models of Speech Coarticulation.
2. Rapid Speech Recognizer Adaptation for New Speakers.
3. Core NLP Technology Applicable to Multiple Languages.

The Center for Language and Speech Processing has successfully organized
similar workshops for the last three summers.

Visit the CLSP web pages for project details and information about past

Humanist Discussion Group
Information at <http://www.kcl.ac.uk/humanities/cch/humanist/>