Professor@ Akira Shimazu
He joined JAIST in April, 1997. He received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1971, 1973 and 1991, respectively, from Kyushu University. From 1973 to 1997, he worked at Musashino Electrical Communication Laboratories of Nippon Telegram and Telephone Public Corporation and at Basic Research Laboratories of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation.



Natural Language Processing, Dialog Processing, Machine Translation, Legal Engineering

Research Interest

Language processing technology which facilitates language communication, both between humans and between a human and a machine, and helps human activities for information acquisition and transfer.

Current Research Topics

Legal texts processing as a research of Legal Engineering
Research of natural language processing techniques for verifying logical consistency of legal texts. The research clarifies methods for extracting LF from texts, analyzing discourse, and paraphrasing texts. The method utilize a viewpoint of software engineering.

Analysis of human language use
An utterance in spoken language is not necessarily represented by a sentence as in written language, and information is conveyed from speaker to hearer in rather small phrasal units with disfluencies such as fillers and self-repairs. Such characteristics are pertinent to human information processing and communication, and analyzed for an advanced natural language processing system.

Dynamic explanation of information
Research which clarifies principles and techniques for explaining information as a human explains information to a recipient in spoken language. The research is based on the analysis of human language use. Not only spoken language systems but also application to web access are within the scope.

Natural language processing based on statistical models
Researches on semantic analysis, machine translation, ambiguity resolution based on corpus and machine learning.

Selected Publications

Natural Language Processing Laboratories