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Lecture by Professor Ruslan Mitkov titled "The evolution of Natural Language Processing: From rules through neural networks to generative AI"

Lecture by Professor Ruslan Mitkov titled "The evolution of Natural Language Processing: From rules through neural networks to generative AI"

The Institute of Psychology at the Jagiellonian University is pleased to invite you to a lecture by Professor Ruslan Mitkov titled "The evolution of Natural Language Processing: From rules through neural networks to generative AI" this Friday, May 17 at 12:00 pm in room 0.01. 

About the lecture: "The evolution of Natural Language Processing: From rules through neural networks to generative AI". 

Natural Language Processing (NLP) is undergoing dynamic and unprecedented changes as never before. While we have always known that NLP is not a magic technology which always has been far from 100% accurate, the landscape of Language and Translation Technology is changing. First Deep Learning methods and now Large Language Models, have taken the world by storm. This easy-to-follow and entertaining talk will seek to shed a light on the future of Natural Language Processing in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) era.

The evolution of NLP methods will be exemplified by reporting the experiments and results of ongoing studies which compare the performance of traditional rule-based NLP approaches with the performance of Deep Learning methods and Large Language Models.

These studies will serve as platform for a follow-up discission on the future of Natural Language Processing. The speaker will emphasise that he is not a clairvoyant but on the basis of his experience in the field he will attempt to predict the likely future of artificial intelligence as compared to human intelligence taking language as a testbed.

About Prof. Ruslan Mitkov:

Ruslan Mitkov
is Professor in Computing and Communications at Lancaster University, one of the top-10 UK universities. Prior to joining Lancaster University, Prof Mitkov worked at the University of Wolverhampton where he created and led the internationally leading Research Group in Computational Linguistics, and was also Director of the Research Institute of Information and Language Processing as well as Director of the Responsible Digital Humanities Lab. Currently Prof Mitkov is also Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Alicante, Spain. 

Dr Mitkov has been working in Natural Language Processing (NLP), Computational Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics, Machine Translation, Translation Technology and related areas since the early 1980s. Whereas Prof Mitkov is best known for his seminal contributions to the areas of anaphora resolution, automatic generation of multiple-choice tests and new generation translation memory systems, his extensively cited research (more than 320 publications including 15 books, 35 journal articles and 35 book chapters) also includes but is not limited to topics such as computational phraseology, machine translation, natural language processing for language disabilities, automatic summarisation, computer-aided language processing, corpus annotation, bilingual term extraction, automatic identification of cognates and false friends, NLP-driven corpus-based study of translation universals and text simplification. 

For additional information, please visit Prof Mitkov’s webpage (https://wp.lancs.ac.uk/mitkov/).