Co-Directors: James Martin & Martha Palmer
The Center for Computational Language & EducAtion Research (CLEAR) is dedicated to advancing human language technology and applying it to personalized learning. Our specific approach to human language technology centers on the development of increasingly rich linguistic annotation schemes that can serve as training and evolution data for machine learning systems and produce increasingly accurate and sophisticated natural language processing components. These components in turn provide a foundation for systems that perform information extraction, question answering, machine translation, spoken language processing and dialog understanding and human-computer interaction using animated agents or customizable interfaces. These systems have led to a wide variety of applications including some for language acquisition skills, tutoring and therapy, tools for question answering and navigating the Web and for learning and presentation of science topics ranging from plate tectonics to acoustics.