From the different sub-problems of NLG, I am interested
in the more conceptual areas, the ways to organize the ideas that make
up the text. In NLG parlance this is known as
Content Planning, Text Planning,
Document Planning or Microplanning. Content Planning was thus the subject
of my Candidacy
Exam, December 11th 2001.
Again, because the NLG problem is harder
that what it seems a priori, my research focus on the (semi)automatic
construction of NLG systems. My ongoing
thesis is precisely the automatic acquisition via machine learning of
Content Planning logic. I defended
my Thesis Proposal,
May 1st 2003. You can see more about my work in my publications page.
The NLG community is reduced in
size (but not in ideas ;-). As an effort to reach out to a
larger audience, I started a jFUF, a project to
migrate from Lisp to Java FUF/SURGE, a GPL-licensed surface
realizer. This project project got some
momentum at the beginning but is currently stalled by lack of time on
my behalf. Please contact me if you are interested in
coordinating efforts about it.