Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability
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CLASP - Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability

Research project

Short description

The Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability (CLASP) focuses its research on the application of probabilistic and information theoretic methods to the analysis of natural language.

CLASP is concerned both with understanding the cognitive foundations of language and developing efficient language technology. We work at the interface of computational linguistics/natural language processing, theoretical linguistics, and cognitive science.

CLASP is devoted to research and advanced training in the application of probabilistic modelling and machine learning methods to core issues in linguistic theory and cognition. This is an exciting new interdisciplinary research area that is gaining momentum in the international research community. Through its collaborations and funded research positions it is planned that the centre will become a leading international hub for researchers working in this field.

The centre is funded by a 10 year grant from the Swedish Research Council (2015-2025). The funding from the Swedish Research Council and GU grant allows recruitment of prof. Shalom Lappin, a senior lecturer, a researcher/project coordinator, 12 PhD and 9 postdoctoral research positions. The funding also provides means for workshops, conferences and visits of guest researchers to Gothenburg. CLASP will bring together researchers in theoretical linguistics, computational linguistics, logic, AI, cognitive psychology, and robotics.

Shalom Lappin, professor and Director of CLASP

Sharid Loáiciga, Associate Director and Researcher (Docent in Computational Linguistics)

Robin Cooper, Senior Professor

Simon Dobnik, Senior Lecturer in Computational Linguistics (Docent in Computational Linguistics)

Christine Howes, Associate Senior Lecturer in Computational Linguistics (Docent in Computational Linguistics)

Asad Basheer Sayeed, Associate Senior Lecturer in Machine Learning

Staffan Larsson, Professor of Computational Linguistics

Jean-Philippe Bernardy, Researcher (Docent in Computer Science)

Aram Karimi, Researcher

Julian Grove, Post-Doc

Kathrein Abu Kwaik/Chatrine Qwaider, PhD student

Sylvie Saget, PhD student

Vidya Somashekarappa, PhD student

Vladislav Maraev, PhD student

Bill Noble, PhD student

Adam Ek, PhD student

Axel Almquist, PhD student

Tewodros Gebreselassie, PhD student

Nikolai Ilinykh, PhD student

Alexander Berman, PhD student

Ellen Breitholtz, Researcher

Susanna Myyry, Administrator


Previous CLASP members:

Charalambos Themistocleous, Post-doc 2016-2018

Aleksandre Maskharashvili, Post-doc 2018-2020

Rasmus Blanck, Post-doc 2018-2020

Yuri Bizzoni, PhD student 2015-2019

Mehdi Ghanimifard, PhD student 2015-2020

Wafia Adouane, PhD student 2016-2020

Stergios Chatzikyriakidis, Associate Director and Researcher -2021