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Natural Language Processing – NL/DB Interfaces, Machine Translation, Speech Prosody

Status: Available/Completed
Type: USRA/4080/408*…
Professor: Cercone, Nick
Research Area:
Natural Language Processing
Year: 2015

SYSTEMX, our prototype natural language interface (English to SQL translator) to relational databases resulted in several state-of-the-art advances. These advances include design and implementation of an HPSG parser for multiple domains, inheritance reasoning for HPSG, learning of semantic & syntactic information through dialog, computing & utilizing correct navigation (join path) information during interface usage, and portability. We stimulate “technology transfer” with Rogers Cablesystems Ltd. (customer service), Environment Canada (information holdings), SaskTel (marketing) and NSERC (grants information database). We applied SYSTEMX technology in cooperation with Sask Health; this collaboration resulted in the HERMES database interface to a simulated Sask health database.