Robert Englund and colleagues win support for a Big Data project

Machine Translation and Automated Analysis of Cuneiform Language, a project co-directed by Robert K. Englund of UCLA Near Eastern Languages and Cultures is now funded through the Trans-Atlantic Platform Digging into Data Challenge by the US National Endowment for the Humanities, the German Research Foundation, and the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council as one of 14 international teams of researchers addressing big data questions in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

This project is a collaboration among ancient-studies scholars, linguists, and computer scientists to develop computational techniques for translating ancient administrative records stored on cuneiform tablets.  Co-directors are in the program in Angewandte Computerlinguistik at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, and the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations of the University of Toronto, Canada. For more information about the project, please visit the MTAAC website.
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Published: Tuesday, April 4, 2017