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Literary Writing Golems — Purple Blurb Reading Series: Pablo Gervas
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 @ 6:00 pm
The talk will describe systems developed at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid that focus on generating text that satisfies specific restrictions on form. The WASP (Wishful Automatic Spanish Poet) poetry generator produces text that satisfies metrical restrictions. The ProtoPropp fairy tale generator produces plot outlines that satisfy restrictions on their narrative structures derived from Vladimir Propp’s morphology of the fairy tale. A general framework for developing form-aware text generator will be presented, and some of the current applications of these solutions will be described.
Gervas, leading European researcher in creative text generation, works as associate professor (profesor titular de universidad) at the Departamento de Ingenieria del Software e Inteligencia Artificial, Facultad de Informatica, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He is the director of the NIL research group and also of the Instituto de Tecnologia del Conocimiento.
Gervas’ research is on processing natural language input, generating natural language output, building resources for related tasks, and generating stories. In the area of creative text generation, he has done work on automatically generating metaphors, formal poetry, and short films.