Join MIT Global Studies and Languages for our Brown Bag Lunch Series: informal presentations on current research by faculty, lecturers, post-docs, and visiting scholars, giving individual presentations or informal group panels. Light lunch provided.

THURSDAY, OCT. 22 • NOON • 14E-304
Takako Aikawa, “AI Teacher”

The AI (artificial intelligence) Teacher is a highly “interactive” language learning application for learners of Japanese that can simulate the behavior of a language teacher, detecting and correcting users’ grammatical mistakes in real time. It can provide linguistic information, for instance phrasal chunking of a sentence (i.e., “bunsetsu analysis”) while providing the lexical information (i.e., part-of-speech). It can also provide other information, such as paraphrasing, verb category, katakana readings, etc. Takako will give a real-time demonstration.

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FRIDAY, OCT. 2 • 1:30 PM • 14E-304
Haohsiang Liao, “Speech Recognition for Beginning-Level Students of Chinese.”

Haohsiang Liao presents an online speech recognition tool, developed by him in collaboration with Lincoln Laboratory, which helps beginning-level students of Chinese by providing immediate quantitative feedback on the accuracy of the learners’ pronunciations, tones, and intonations. Preliminary study has shown that this tool enhances the effectiveness of students’ study and facilitates their preparation before class.