Undergraduate Course: Natural Language Understanding, Generation, and Machine Translation (INFR11157)
|School||School of Informatics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course explores current research on processing natural language: interpreting, generating, and translating. The course will focus mainly on deep learning approaches to various NLP tasks and applications. It will provide an introduction to the main neural network architectures used in NLP and how they are used for tasks such as syntactic and semantic parsing, as well as end-user applications such as machine translation and text summarisation.
Building on linguistic and algorithmic knowledge taught in prerequisite courses, this course also aims to further develop students' understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of current approaches with respect to linguistic and computational considerations. Practical assignments will provide the opportunity to implement and analyse some of the approaches considered.
The course aims to familiarise students with recent research across a range of topics within NLP, mainly within the framework of neural network models, and with a focus on applications such as machine translation, summarisation, and semantic parsing. As an MSc-level course that assumes previous experience with NLP, it will discuss a range of different issues, including linguistic/representational capacity, computational efficiency, optimisation, etc. There is no textbook for the course; readings will come from recent research literature.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Programming skills at least at the level of Computer Programming for Speech and Language Processing are also required. This course is open to all Informatics students including those on joint degrees. For external students where this course is not listed in your Degree Programme Table (DPT), please seek special permission from the course organiser.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 30,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The coursework component of the assessment will consist of:
- A timed class test
- Two longer assignments in which parts of an NLP system will be implemented and the results analyzed
||Tutorials will be devoted to discussing questions, including some exam-like questions, and providing feedback on student answers. Students will also get feedback on their work through labs, through formative comments on coursework submissions, and through online discussion.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify and discuss the main linguistic, machine learning, and ethical challenges involved in the development and use of natural language processing systems.
- Understand and describe state-of-the-art models and algorithms used to address challenges in natural language processing systems.
- Design, implement, and apply modifications to state-of-the-art natural language processing systems.
- Understand the computational and engineering challenges that arise in the use of different models for natural language processing, and discuss the pros and cons of different models for a given task.
- Understand, design and justify approaches to evaluation and error analysis in natural language processing systems.
|There is no textbook for the course; readings will come from recent research literature.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Students will develop their skills in reading research papers and identifying pros and cons of different approaches. They will also learn to analyse and discuss results from their own implementations.
|Keywords||Natural Language Processing,NLU+,Machine Translation
|Course organiser||Dr Frank Keller
Tel: (0131 6)50 4407
|Course secretary||Miss Lori Anderson
Tel: (0131 6)51 4164