Professor of Computer Science
Vassar College (New York, USA)
Towards a Global Language Grid – Challenges and Opportunities
The presentation will provide an overview of the various international projects that have created language grids, by summarizing the general approach, strengths, and weaknesses of each. The talk will also consider the possible alliances and connections that may be made among the various grids, in order to move toward a world-wide network for processing natural language.
Nancy Ide is Professor of Computer Science at Vassar College. She has been an active researcher in the field of computational linguistics for over 30 years and has published copiously on topics including computational lexicography, word sense disambiguation, semantic web implementations of linguistically annotated data, and interoperable standards for representing language resources.
In 1987, she co-founded the Text Encoding Initiative, which continues to be the major XML format for representing annotated humanities data; and later developed the XML Corpus Encoding Standard (XCES). She has been Principal Investigator on several National Science Foundation-funded projects, including a major effort to create a linguistically-annotated corpus of American English and an ongoing project to provide a platform including fully interoperable NLP tools and data, the Language Applications (LAPPS) Grid.
Dr. Ide is the co-editor-in-chief of the Springer journal Language Resources and Evaluation and editor of the Springer book series entitled Text, Speech, and Language Technology. She is the co-founder and President of the Association for Computational Linguistics special interest group on Annotation (ACL-SIGANN).