Senior Lecturer in Japanese Takako Aikawa and team of students experimented with technologies such as visual recognition, text-to- speech, and natural language processing to push the bounds of language learning software far beyond point-and-click flash cards. Aikawa led the project as a digital humanities faculty fellow embedded in the Digital Humanities Lab in Spring 2021.

Aikawa explained in a recent article in Spectrum magazine, “The beauty of this project is it was really the students’ creativity that led the way in utilizing existing technologies to design new tools.”

Read more about the project “Cracking the Language Code” in the fall issue of Spectrum.