A readability analysis of presidential candidate speeches by researchers in Carnegie Mellon University's Language Technologies Institute (LTI) finds most candidates using words and grammar typical of students in grades six through eight, though Donald Trump tends to lag behind the others.
A historical review of their word and grammar use suggests all five candidates in the analysis — Republicans Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio (who has since suspended his campaign); and Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders — have been... Read More
Alan Black, a Scottish computer scientist and professor in Carnegie Mellon University's Language Technologies Institute, was recently featured in two articles discussing developments in voice-activated technology.
The New York Times article "Creating a Computer Voice That People Like" discusses the roots of modern speech synthesis technology, which Black’s work investigates. Black said that even with... Read More
A nutrition-based diarrhea treatment developed by Language Technologies Institute Systems Scientist Ravi Starzl and his father, Tim, has been selected as a leading innovation in the maternal, child and newborn healthcare category of Innovation Countdown 2030's (IC2030) Reimagining Global Health report. The initiative identifies and showcases lifesaving innovations with great promise to transform global health by 2030, and... Read More
Apps that teach users a new language are nothing new, but a team of LTI graduate students are reinventing language learning with their new app, Swych.
Developed initially as a project for Carnegie Mellon's Machine Translation course, Swych allows a user to learn a new language by simply reading one of his or her favorite books. The app translates various words and phrases throughout the book into one of five languages — Chinese, English, French, German or Spanish. When a user encounters foreign phrases, they can click on the phrase to... Read More
Language Technologies Institute Director and Allen Newell Professor of Computer Science Jaime Carbonell has received the 2015 Okawa Prize for "outstanding contributions to research in language technologies, machine learning and computational biology in the field of artificial intelligence."
A Carnegie Mellon system designed to rapidly answer questions — even some seemingly off the wall — posed to the Yahoo! Answers website received the highest score by far in the LiveQA evaluation track at the Text Retrieval Conference (TREC 2015).
Carnegie Mellon celebrated a strong showing last month at ASSETS 2015, where a team of researchers earned the Best Demonstration Award and a student took third place in the Student Research Competition.
The October issue of The Atlantic featured LTI Assistant Professor Louis-Philippe Morency's research into using computers to analyze, recognize and predict subtle human behaviors during social interactions. The article, "Machines That Can See Depression on a Person's Face," talks about how machine learning gives scientists news ways to interpret subtle facial expressions, discusses the... Read More
LTI Professor Eric Nyberg has joined forces with Deloitte University Press on the launch of its new massive open online course (MOOC) "Cognitive Technologies: The Real Opportunities for Business." Nyberg serves as a knowledge expert and contributor for the course, which examines artificial intelligence and its impact on businesses across industries.
"AI aims to make machines perform tasks that only humans used to be able to do, and it is no... Read More
LTI Assistant Professor Louis-Philippe Morency's research into multimodal speech and gesture analysis has put him on the international stage. Last month, the World Economic Forum recognized him as one of this year's class of Young Scientists — scientists under the age of 40 who are advancing the frontiers of science, engineering or technology in areas of high societal impact.
"As part of this award, I had the chance to attend the summer meeting of the World Economic Forum," Morency said. "It was a great opportunity to better understand the global view of scientific research and how... Read More