Natural Language Understanding

Master in Artificial Intelligence Systems

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Natural Language Understanding (NLU) is the fundamental ability of artificial intelligence systems ( AIS ) that enables the converastions with humans. AIS communicate directly with humans via the conversational interfaces of (ro)bots. AIS may be able to read and comprehend vast amounts of human language data ( speech, text or multimedia ) and make sense. In the first part of the course we will provide the students the basic knowledge about the natural language structure from the lexicon to the document level, formal models for representing the lexicon, the sentence and the discourse. We will present and provide the machine learning models to learn language structures from language corpora. In the last part of the course we will describe use cases of Natural Language Understanding in AIS. Students will be trained to train simple natural language understanding models for different tasks.

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Lecture Presentations:

Course Description (Incl. Assignments and Grading)
Natural Language: from Spoken to Written Language
Language Modeling
Sentence Parsing
Document Analysis and Parsing
Natural Language Processing Tasks