NSERC Undergraduate Summer 2021 Research Projects

You need to be an undergraduate student and have a good GPA. Contact me by e-mail if interested.
(The deadline for the submission of necessary forms is in early February, so make sure to contact me sufficiently early.)

Word Senses

The goal of this exciting project is disambiguation of word senses. When you read an e-book, you can press any word to see its dictionary definition. The problem is that a lot of words have multiple senses. For example, suppose you read about the bank of England, and the e-reader shows you that bank means "the land alongside a river". We are interested in developing a system that could figure out the appropriate sense of the word from its context in the text. The project will involve implementing programs that extract and process information from web resources, such as online dictionaries and websites like Wiktionary. The ultimate goal of this research is to design a program that could identify the correct word sense as well as or even better than people do.

Required: strong programming skills; interest in language processing.
Desirable: CMPUT 331 (Cryptography) and CMPUT 497 (NLP).