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Workshop on ‘Advanced Course in Computational Linguistics’

Advanced Course in Computational Linguisticst:

The Ten-day workshop on Advanced Course in Computational Linguistics is a joint programme organized by the Department of Dravidian & Computational Linguistics, Dravidian University, Kuppam and Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore. The workshop started started on 16th morning with the inaugural function. Prof. G. Lakshminarayana, Vice Chancellor, Dravidian University presided over the function. Prof. K.V. Madhu Murthy, Head, Department of Computer Science & Engineering S.V. University was the chief guest.

Dr. M.C. Kesava Murty, Coordinator of the workshop introduced the aim and goals of workshop and welcomed the gathering. He bought it to the notice that this is the second workshop the department is hosting under the able leadership of the Vice Chancellor.

In his inaugural address, Vice Chancellor stressed the importance of mother tongues and shared his experience of his recent visit to China and emphasized the need of development of Language Technology for Indian languages and that the studens and scholar should take it up in the patriotic fervor. He expressed his desire to see a workable machine translation system in near future.

Prof. K. V. Madhu Murthy in his keynote address reviewed the status of language technology development in India and the necessity of developing technological tools for the Indian languages. Even though there are attempts from the software giants but so far they have not reached the grossroot level. He has mentioned that there is no free online software available for the Indian languages in spite of the attempts from the premier institutes in our country.

Prof. G. Balasubramanian, Head, Department of Dravidian & Computational Linguistics, Dravidian University proposed vote of thanks. He also thanked the Vice Chancellor for his special interest in the department and his support and guidance in running the progammes of the department.


In the afternoon session Mr. S. Viswanathan, Senior consultant, Capgemini, Chennai introduced the participants PERL programming followed by practical session in the NLP lab for giving hands-on experience for the participants.

Day 2 (17/3/08) Dr. S. Arulmozi exposed the participants the differences between theoretical and linguistics and Computational Linguistics touching upon the application areas and introduced the basic commands in linux operating system.

Day 3 (18/3/08) Dr. P. Umarani, Research Associate from Pittsburg University explained the theories behind knowledge representation and reasoning and Prof. G. UmaMaheshwar Rao, Centre for Applied Linguistics and Translation Studies, University of Hyderabad gave a tutorial on Scripts and Scripting languages.

Day 4 (19/3/08) Dr. P. Umarani gave a lecture on Semantic classes and Dialogue Analysis and in the afternoon Prof. G. UmaMaheshwar Rao taught the participants the different ways of doing Morphological Modelling. Participants practiced on Morph and PERL programming till very late in the night. Christphor Mala, a participant chipped in the same night introduced introducing PERL to the participants drawing examples from Telugu language.

Day 5 (20/3/08) Dr. P. Umarani explained about the intelligent tutoring system, Discourse Analysis. In the afternoon session Prof. G. UmaMaheshwar Rao explained about the parts of speech tagging for Machine Translation System in Indian languages.

Day 6 (21/3/08) Dr. Amba Kulakarni, Reader Department of Sanskrit Studies explained in detail Machine Translation Engine and Morphological Modelling of different languages such as Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi. Dr. P.Umarani explained intricacies involved in developing Word Sense Disambiguation Module.

Day 7 (22/3/08) Mr. P. Sreekumar gave a lecturer on language Technology Policy and implementation. Dr. M.C. Kesava Murty in the afternoon session introduced Word Sense Disambiguation in the Machine Translation System.

Day 8 (23/3/08) A visit to Kotilingala and Bangaru Tirupati in the morning and refreshed the participants from the hectic schedule. Evening the participants worked on their projects.

Day 9 (24/3/08) Dr. L. Sobha, from Anna University, KB Chandrasekhar Research Centre joined us and explained in detail differences between information retrieval and extraction. She also detailed about their project on Information Extraction. Mr. Rakesh Ambati, participant in his short tutorial revisited the history of linux and gave a pinch of GNU-GPL. Night was so young and participants stressed the need for one more final session on Named Entity Recognition which enlightened all the participants from 9.30 pm-11.00 pm in the night.

On the final day of workshop Prof. M. Ganesan from Annamalai University gave Valedictory address and Prof. G. Lakshminarayana was the president of the Valedictory session.

Overall, about we had 20 tutorial sessions and a few practical sessions. Totally, 23 participants (1 faculty and 22 students) drawing from Banaras Hindu University, Bharathiar University, Osmania University, University of Hyderabad and Kakatiya University took part in the workshop. Department faculty Dr, G. Balasubramanian, Dr. S. Arulmozi, Mr. P. Sreekumar, Dr. Ganesan Ambedkar, Dr. B. Hemananda and Dr. Malleswara Rao were helpful in conducting the tutorials and practical sessions through out the workshop days.  

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