22nd International Conference on
Circuits, Systems, Communications and Computers
(CSCC 2018),
Majorca, Spain, July 14-17, 2018          www.cscc.co    Contact us

 
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Plenary Speaker

New Computational Linguistics Techniques for the Study of Ancient Languages

Professor Peter Z. Revesz

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

E-mail: revesz@cse.unl.edu


Abstract: Some ancient scripts and the unknown languages that they use are extremely hard to analyze and decipher without the benefit of computers. This talk describes new computational linguistics techniques that are specially developed to identify the phonetic values of specific script symbols and the grammatical rules of the unknown language. Examples are given where the techniques can identify the phonetic values and automatically classify unknown languages based on the discerned grammatical features that are characteristic of specific language families, such as the Afro-Asiatic, the Indo-European or the Uralic language families, or isolate languages such as Basque.

Brief Biography of the Speaker: Peter Z. Revesz holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Brown University (dissertation title: Constraint Query Languages, advisor: Paris C. Kanellakis). He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto before joining the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He is an expert in databases, data mining and analytics, bioinformatics and computational linguistics. He is the author of Introduction to Databases: From Biological to Spatio-Temporal (Springer, 2010) and Introduction to Constraint Databases (Springer, 2002). Dr. Revesz held visiting appointments at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, INRIA, the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science, the University of Athens, the University of Hasselt, the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the U.S. Department of State. He is a recipient of an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship, a J. William Fulbright Scholarship, an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, a Jefferson Science Fellowship, a National Science Foundation CAREER award, and a Faculty International Scholar of the Year award by Phi Beta Delta, the Honor Society for International Scholars..