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Chris Biemann: A computer that can develop its own language


Chris Biemann at Technische Universität Darmstadt has been appointed one of the Wallenberg Academy Fellows of 2015 and for the next five years he will be working at University of Gothenburg. As a Wallenberg Academy Fellow, Chris Biemann will produce computers that can gradually develop their language, just as we humans do. By analysing large amounts of text, the computer will, for example, be able to conclude that "stool" and "chair" are similar things.

Chris Biemann is appointed Wallenberg Academy Fellows.
Photo: Markus Marcetic

A modern computer fulfils many different functions which are all decided by programmers. Dr. Chris Biemann at Technische Universität Darmstadt is one of the researchers who want to take the skills of a computer much further by developing computers’ linguistic ability. By scanning big amounts of texts, the computer will gradually increase its understanding of the meaning of different words and how they relate to each other.

If computers have a functioning language, we can start to interact with computers in an entirely new way. Perhaps the talking robots will become reality.

As a Wallenberg Academy Fellow, Chris Biemann will be based at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IT Faculty, University of Gothenburg.


Wallenberg Academy Fellows is a career programme that provides long-term funding for the most promising young researchers of all disciplines to develop their projects. The programme was initiated by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation in close collaboration with five royal academies and sixteen universities.


Photo: Markus Marcetic © Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation/Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences