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Computational Linguistics (CL) is a rapidly growing field in the high-tech sector, critical for the development of technologies such as voice-enabled smartphones (e.g. Siri, Cortana) and home assistants (e.g. Alexa). IBM’s Jeopardy-winning Watson system is another example of what CL can do.
Yet another application area is text analytics for market analysis. This concentration is specifically intended to address a growing need for language processing skills, particularly those associated with the rapid growth of artificial intelligence/cognitive technologies.
Systems like Siri or Alexa are built on a pipeline of language processing technologies, ranging from voice and speech recognition to language understanding and automatic question answering. Developing such technologies is a complex process that requires knowledge from both Linguistics and Computer Science.
This program will equip students with the research design and technology skills to apply their linguistics studies to real-world problems.
Graduates may work in the following areas: