Have you ever wondered how Google manages to find relevant documents, even documents that do not contain any of the words you used in your search? Have you ever wished for an answer to a question rather than a list of documents?
Have you ever talked to a computer on the phone about travel plans and wished you could make it work better? Have you ever used translation on the web and wondered how it could be improved?
These are just some of the questions students on the programme will be working on together with researchers from University of Gothenburg and Chalmers.
Language technology is about getting computers to use human language and involves collaboration between a number of different fields including linguistics, languages, computer science, and artificial intelligence.
It is not only about research, lately we have seen apps like Apple´s Siri and IBM´s Watson making it into the market. These are just two examples of great commercial work within language technology.
Students first take two introductory courses, introducing both programming for language technological applications, and relevant concepts and theories from formal linguistics.
There will also be overviews of the main areas of modern language technology. This is followed by a general introduction to natural language processing, NLP, the nuts and bolts of getting computers to understand and process human language, and programming for NLP.
The second semester is devoted to speech and dialogue technology, and to the statistical methods that are used in language technology. If you are taking the one year degree you will also carry out a shorter masters project in your second semester.
Most students will aim for the two year degree, and will take courses on processing the structure of language, syntax, and its meaning, semantics. The first semester of the second year offers a choice from a variety of courses in language technology and related areas.
The final semester of the two year degree is entirely devoted to project work. Students normally conduct their final projects with an industry placement or with placement at one of the three research laboratories associated with the interdisciplinary Centre for Language Technology, CLT, at the University of Gothenburg.
Students on our programme will get hands-on practical training well-grounded in theoretical background which will enable them to pursue a specialist career in industry or academic research which involves the development of language technology computer systems.
Some of our student may also get the opportunity to, outside of their studies, assist in research through the many projects at CLT.