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Language and Computation

Many technological tools we use on a daily basis depend on a sophisticated understanding of speech and language - from automatic speech recognition systems (such as Apple’s SIRI), to Google search, to voice-activated GPS systems, to language translation software. Future developments in language technology will allow for increasingly complex interactions with human language users.

Maryland language scientists in the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing Laboratory, the Speech Communication Laboratory, and elsewhere are working to improve existing technologies, develop new computational tools, and to use these systems to learn more about how the human brain works.