Sep 29, 2010

Poken in Grace Hopper 2010

I hope this idea of using poekn will grow and people will start using it actively

Sep 21, 2010

GraceHopper Conference 2010

I am planning to attend the Grace Hopper Conference as a student volunteer and blogger this month; though I could not avail myself of any scholarship, I am very grateful that my professor is sponsoring my travel :) I hope to meet the HCI community  and  learn about what other researchers are thinking in this direction.  I have no scientific data but in my experience I saw the participation of women researcher in this field of Computer Science is pretty encouraging,  and this year GHC 2010 has special session about   Visualization and HCI, and I am already excited about the GA Tech HCI Lab tour !

The use of social networking sites like facebook and twitter has added much flavor to the community this year.  Hope I will meet a lot of enthusiastic ladies and have a great time at Atlanta.

Sep 1, 2010

Pragmatic ambiguity

I enrolled myself into the Computational Linguistics course this semester, so far we had one lecture and I am supposed to submit the homework tomorrow, though I do not have the text book yet.

Our professor discussed about structural ambiguity and I was thinking of possible example in Bengali, and still thinking. In English, if we say The girl hit the boy with a book, it can be parsed two ways: The girl [hit the boy], with a book; or The girl hit [the boy with a book]. The reason for this ambiguity is the use of the preposition 'with', it can mean both things.

I was looking for examples on Pragmatic ambiguity for the homework. So what about this sentence: "Is the program running?": a correct sentence in all sense, but am I asking if a program is being aired on TV or a being executed in computer ? Depends upon in what situation I am speaking and who am I speaking to.

However, now I feel thankful to my 8th grade Bengali grammar book, yesterday when the professor was talking about morphology, phonology etc. I just remembered the examples from that grammar book with the Sanskrit based Bangla words; who could think this will come handy in my computer science graduate studies !