Eva Banik

I have recently finished my PhD in computational linguistics, at the Department of Computing at the Open University in Milton Keynes. My thesis supervisors were Prof. Donia Scott, Dr. Richard Power and Dr. Paul Piwek and I used to work with the Natural Language Generation Group at the Centre for Research in Computing.

Before joining the NLG group I was at the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia where I worked with the XTAG Group on the Semantics of Tree Adjoining grammars.

My thesis focuses on building a natural language generation system which generates coherent paragraphs from a semantic representation. The aim is to generate all the possible paraphrases for a given input representation. In order to do this, I have designed an integrated syntax-discourse Tree Adjoining Grammar which I have implemented in a surface realizer called Geni, developed by Eric Kow. My research shows that using an integrated grammar we can combine discourse organisation and sentence realisation into a single phase, and that a simple sentence realizer can be used to perform discourse- and sentence planning.

You can see examples of texts generated by my system and help me evaluate its performance if you try my facebook application, called Jojo's Blog.

Jojo's Blog on Facebook

Contact Information
ebanik at gmail dot com
Department of Computing
Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
+44 1908 659937

Online papers

  • Eva Banik (2010)A minimalist approach to generating coherent texts   Phd thesis, Department of Computing, The Open University    pdf
  • Eva Banik (2009) Parenthetical Constructions - an Argument against Modularity   In: Proceedings of the Grammar Engineering Across Frameworks workshop at ACL-IJCNLP-09, Singapore, 2009 pdf bib slides
  • Eva Banik (2009) Extending a Surface Realizer to Generate Coherent Discourse   In: Proceedings of the Short Papers of ACL-IJCNLP-09, Singapore, 2009 pdf bib slides
  • Eva Banik (2008) An Integrated Architecture for Generating Parenthetical Constructions   In: Proceedings of the Student Workshop at ACL 2008, Columbus, Ohio. pdf bib
  • Eva Banik and Alan Lee (2008) A Study of Parentheticals in Discourse Corpora -- implications for NLG systems.   In: Proceedings of LREC 2008, Marrakesh pdf bib poster
  • Eva Banik (2007) Generating Parenthetical Constructions. Technical report 2007/14, Department of Computing, The Open University.   pdf
  • Eva Banik (2005) The Semantics of Coordinate Deletion in LTAG. In: Harry Bunt, Jeroen Geerzen and Elias Thijse (eds): Proceedings of the Sixth International Workshop on Computational Semantics (IWCS-6), Tilburg, The Netherlands, Jan 12-14 2005. slides
  • Eva Banik (2004) Semantics of VP coordination in LTAG. In: Proceedings of the TAG+7 workshop, Vancouver, Canada, May 20-22 2004. pdf bib
  • Salah Ait-Mokhtar, Veronika Lux, Eva Banik. (2003) Linguistic parsing of lists in structured documents.   Paper presented at the EACL Workshop on NLP and XML, Budapest, Hungary, April 12-17, 2003. pdf   bib
  • Eva Banik, Salah Ait-Mokhtar, Veronika Lux. (2002) Linguistic Parsing of Structured Documents Xerox Technical Report Ref. : 2002/054
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  • Extending a Surface Realizer to Generate Coherent Discourse. Talk presented at Sussex and Cambridge Universities, June/July 2009
  • abstract slides

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