Welcome to the Proteus Project
Members of the Proteus Project have been doing Natural Language
Processing (NLP) research at New York University since the 1960's.
Our long-term goal is to build systems that automatically find the
information you're looking for, pick out the most useful bits, and
present it in your preferred language, at the right level of
detail. One of our main challenges is to endow computers with
linguistic knowledge. The kinds of knowledge that we have attempted
to encode include vocabularies, morphology, syntax, semantics,
grounding, genre variation, and translational equivalence. We work
on both deterministic and stochastic knowledge models.
The Proteus Project members are
simultaneously scientists and engineers. We are driven by the quest
for knowledge, but we also love to build things that work (that
nobody else has built before). Consequently, our devotions cover
the range from the most basic research to immediately useful
resources and applications. The diversity of the project members is
reflected in the diversity of our work styles: Some of us prefer to
encode linguistic knowledge from introspection; others prefer to
build systems that can learn for themselves.
We focus on the application areas of Information Extraction and
Machine Translation. This choice of emphasis constantly broadens our
horizons, because almost any advance in NLP may lead to better
solutions for these problems. Therefore, we like to pay attention to
the whole field of NLP, as well as a number of related fields, such as
machine learning, linguistics, and software engineering.
We host the NSF sponsered symposium on Semantic Knowledge Discovery, Organization and Use.
The Proteus Project is supported by
grants and contracts from the National Science Foundation (NSF),
the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), NTT Corporation
and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd, as well as by
gifts from Sun Microsystems.