SANSKRIT associate team

Sanskrit Computational Linguistics

International partner

  • Area : Asia - Pacific
  • Country : India
  • Institution : Sanskrit Studies Department
  • Laboratory : University of Hyderabad
  • Principal investigator : Kulkarni

Presentation of the associate team

Amba Kulkarni, a mathematician by training, did most of her research in Computational Linguistics for South Asian languages. For many years, she was working at IIT Kanpur in the team of Pr Rajiv Sangal, one of the main Indian scientists in Natural Language Understanding and Artificial Intelligence, now Head of IIIT Hyderabad. She is among other things the coordinator of morphology generation for Indian languages at the national level. She has a special interest and competence on Sanskrit linguistics and traditional grammar along the Paninian school of Vy¯akaran. a. Gérard Huet has had a long history of scientific cooperation with India, and when he turned his research interests towards computational linguistics around 2000, he chose the mechanical processing of Sanskrit as the choice application of the finite-state machines toolkit Zen which he was designing. This activity lead to the design and implementation of a Sanskrit Computational Linguistics platform conceived as a coordinated set of Web services around a lexical database, obtained mechanically from an original highly structured Sanskrit Heritage dictionary. In 2002 the Zen Computational Linguistics library was first released as free software. In 2003 the Sanskrit platform was first released as an interactive Web site on Internet. A major achievement of this early system was the solution of Sanskrit segmentation, with a complete algorithm for sandhi viccheda implemented as a special case of rational relations over formal languages (the so-called junction relations). This algorithm and its proof were published for computer scientists, and explained to linguists and sanskritists. By 2006 it was clear that the topic of Sanskrit Computational Linguistics was ripe for international collaboration, specially with Indian scientists and traditional scholars (pan.d. ita). When the new department of Sanskrit Studies was created at University of Hyderabad and Amba Kulkani named as its Chair,a scientific cooperation between INRIA and University of Hyderabad was an obvious starting point for this international effort. One important outcome of this collaborative program has been the creation of an international forum for research in this emergent discipline, under the form of the International Symposium on Sanskrit Computational Linguistics:

Keywords: India Associate teams INRIA Paris - Rocquencourt Asia - Pacific