|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.
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