Modeling Textual Definition Contents With BFO 2.0 and Creating Related Linguistic/NLP Resources


Dr. Selja Seppälä will present the issues related to definition authoring and the general idea behind the creation of language- and domain-independent computer-assisted definition writing tools. She will outline the methodology (1) for creating widely usable definition templates on the basis of the categories of the Basic Formal Ontology (BFO), and (2) for testing these templates on multilingual and multi-domain corpora of existing definitions focusing specially on examples from medicine. Dr. Seppälä will then address the computational work being carried out to automate these corpus analyses, and present the linguistic and NLP resources that are currently being produced.

Speaker Bio:

Selja Seppälä, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral visiting scholar
Department of Philosophy
University at Buffalo

Dr. Selja Seppälä is a postdoctoral researcher at the University at Buffalo, where she has been working under the supervision of Dr. Barry Smith since 2012. Her research project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNFS), aims at laying the groundwork for creating computer-assisted natural language definition writing tools leveraging ontological data that can be used in any possible context and practice, both by terminologists and ontologists. Her research interest is in definitions in dictionaries and in ontologies, and in the automation of definition processing, production and checking. Her primary domains of expertise are terminology and natural language processing with a strong interest in ontologies and philosophy.

WebEx Info:

NCBO Webinar 10/29/2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
10:00 am | Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00) | 1 hr

Meeting number: 922 187 439
Meeting password: NCBOwebinar

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