Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Advanced Issues in LCT 1

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Artificial Intelligence

DESCRIPTION Language and Communication Technology is a broad area that encompasses a large number of specialist sub-areas. These include, for example, multilingual computing, computational semantics, integrated language and vision processing, text analytics, spoken dialogue systems etc.

The unit will be organised as a series of seminars together with laboratory sessions for the subject at hand, taking full advantage of the mobility arrangements available to lecturers by the LCT consortium of universities participating in the Erasmus Mundus LCT programme which includes a number of world-renowned practitioners in the above areas.

In order to reduce the time commitment of invited lecturers to manageable proportions, instances of this unit will normally be delivered in less than the full duration of a semester.


The main aim of this unit is to give the student the opportunity to engage with an advanced area of study in Language and Communication Technology to the point where current research problems and solutions can be discussed. Communication Technology which takes full advantage of the mobility of potential for scholars (lecturers) offered by the Erasmus Mundus and similar programmes.


1. Knowledge and Understanding:

• Familiarity with literature and current research approaches in the chosen area;
• Appreciation of the limitations of current research.

2. Skills:

• Ability to use current software solutions and platforms;
• Ability to write a workshop paper on the chosen topic.

Reading List:

• D. Jurafsky and J. Martin, Speech and Language Processing, Prentice Hall
• A.Ranta, Grammatical Framework: programming with Multilingual Grammars, CSLI Publications
• NB. Other readings will be supplied according to the chosen topic

ADDITIONAL NOTES Assessment will be in the form of a written assignment which may include a programming component.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Claudia Borg

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It should be noted that all the information in the description above applies to study-units available during the academic year 2021/2. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.