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Language Technology Research and Development

Credits: 7,5 hp
Syllabus: 5LN705
Teachers: Joakim Nivre

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Schedule

Date Time Room Content Reading
L1
29/3
13-15
9-2029
Science and research (Slides)
Okasha
L2
12/4
10-12
9-2042
Language technology research and development (Slides)
Cunningham
L3
12/4
13-15
9-2029
R&D projects - from proposal to implementation (Slides)
(Guest lecture by Björn Gambäck, SICS and NTNU)
Fong
S4
2/5
10-12
9-2029
Seminar: Project proposals (Hillevi, Johanna, Kelly, Lisa)

L5
10/5
13-15
9-2042
Dissemination of research results (Slides)
Derntl
S4
24/5
13-15
9-2042
Seminar: Review of scientific articles (Review form)

Intended Learning Outcomes

In order to pass the course, a student must be able to
  1. explain basic principles of science and research methodology as they apply to language technology,
  2. review, analyze and criticize scientific publications in the area of language technology,
  3. plan research and development projects in language technology using sound methodological principles
with a certain degree of independent creativity, clearly stating and critically discussing theoretical and methodological assumptions, and presenting the result in a professionally adequate manner.

Examination and Grading Criteria

The course is examined by means of three assignments:
  1. Philosophy of science and research methodology (take home exam)
    • This assignment will be based on your reading of Okasha's book. You will be asked to discuss issues in the philosophy of science and (sometimes) relate them to the area of language technology. The questions will be handed out April 12, and the report should be handed in April 19.
  2. Project proposal (seminar, report)
    • This assignment consists in writing a proposal for a research project suitable for a master's thesis. You need to state and motivate the central research questions, describe the overall methodology and make a reasonable time plan with milestones for the project. You should follow the guidelines in Fong's paper. In addition to writing up the proposal, you should give a short oral presentation in a seminar. In addition, you should read and review the proposals of other students. The deadline for handing in the written proposal is April 27, and the seminar will take place May 2.
  3. Review of research papers (seminar, report)
    • This is a two-part assignment, where the first part consists in reviewing two anonymous papers submitted to a conference and discussing their assessment in a seminar. Use the following review form with instructions for this part of the assignment. (The papers will be sent by email to protect anonymity.) For the second part of the assignment you have to choose two research papers published in a scientific journal or conference proceedings and review the papers by summarizing their content, identifying central research questions and methods used, and giving constructive criticism on the technical content as well as the presentation. The reviews for this part of the assignment should be handed in as a written report. You may want to consult the ACL Anthology as a source of interesting papers and How to Review a Paper as inspiration for the reviews. The deadline for choosing papers is May 16, the seminar will take place May 24, and the deadline for handing in the report is May 30.
In order to pass the course, a student must pass each of one of these. In order to pass the course with distinction (Väl godkänt), a student must pass at least two assignments with distinction.

Dates and Deadlines

Reading List

Additional scientific articles will be selected individually during the course.

Course Evaluations

Final course evaluation