2022 Steven Krauwer Award for OPUS-MT for Ukrainian

Helsinki-NLP received the 2022 Steven Krauwer award for CLARIN achievements for the work on open machine translation for Ukrainian. Thank you very much for this award but especially also thanks to everyone who contributed data, software and help with putting this all together! And let us continue to help people in need recognizing the importance of open and transparent language technology and the responsibilities we have in society. Thank you!

Donate spoken language data in Finnish and Swedish

The Language Bank of Finland and the Swedish Literary Society in Finland are collecting Finland-Swedish speech data (https://doneraprat.fi)  (see YLE article with video: Vill du att röststyrning ska fungera på finlandssvenska? Kom med och donera prat [Do ​​you want voice control to work in Finland-Swedish? Come and donate speech]). Note that the campaign for collecting spoken Finnish also continues (https://lahjoitapuhetta.fi/).

If you wish to know how the database may affect everyday life and how it can be used in research, listen to the YLE podcast “Second Last Word” (YLE pod: Så här lär sig din dammsugare finlandssvensk dialekt [How your vacuum cleaner learns Finnish-Swedish dialect] and YLE article: Pratande kylskåp och smarta glasögon hjälper dig handla mat – det här är den röststyrda framtiden [Talking refrigerators and smart glasses help you buy food – this is the voice-controlled future]).

Language Technology group visible at DHN 2018

Helsinki Language Technology group had 5 papers in the recent Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries (DHN 2018) Conference held on 7–9 March 2018 in Helsinki.

Jörg Tiedemann presenting his paper “Emerging Language Spaces Learned From Massively Multilingual Corpora” at DHN 2018

Distinguished Short Paper

  • Jörg Tiedemann: Emerging Language Spaces Learned From Massively Multilingual Corpora [pdf]

Long Paper

  • Emily Öhman, Kaisla Kajava: Sentimentator: Gamifying Fine-grained Sentiment Annotation [pdf]

Posters

  • Yves Scherrer, Tanja Samardžić: ArchiMob: A multidialectal corpus of Swiss German oral history interviews [pdf]
  • Seppo Nyrkkö: An approach to unsupervised ontology term tagging of dependency-parsed text using a Self-Organizing Map (SOM) [pdf]
  • Mika Hämäläinen, Tanja Säily, Eetu Mäkelä: Normalizing Early English Letters for Neologism Retrieval [pdf]

Open positions for postdoctoral researchers in Digital Humanities

The Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki, invites applications for three (3) postdoctoral researchers in Digital Humanities. We are looking for candidates with expertise on computational science, linguistics and history/cultural heritage. The successful candidates will become part of a multidisciplinary research group with the main aim in applying a big data approach to large historical metadata and full-text collections. The group is particularly interested in studying conceptual change, intertextuality based on text-reuse and statistical analysis of knowledge production.

Interested candidates are requested to acquaint themselves with the position description:

https://www.helsinki.fi/en/open-positions/three-3-postdoctoral-researchers-digital-humanities Application period ends July 9, 2017.

7 tenure track positions at HELDIG and more …

There are seven open tenure track professor positions related to
Helsinki’s Center for Digital Humanities (HELDIG)

Tenure track positions (deadline: February 15):
computer-science-pertaining-to-algorithmic-data-science-with-focus-on-ssh-applications
russian-big-data-methodology
digital-learning-at-work
big-data-learning-analytics
digital-humanities
law-and-digitalization
digital-learning-at-schools

Professor in English Language and Digital Humanities (deadline: February 27)

There are also 5-10 PostDoc positions in the UH Humanities Programme:
(deadline: February, 20) Note that language technology is part of humanities in Helsinki!

Furthermore the position of the  HELDIG Research Coordinator (1.3.2017–31.12.2020)

General information about open positions at the University of Helsinki