Center for Language Engineering




Al-Khawarizmi Institute of Computer Science

اُردو / English
[ Courses Offered ] [ CLE Post-Graduate Certificates ]
[ 2015 ] [ 2016 ] [ 2017 ]
Date:   May 27 - 28 & June 3 - 4, 2016 
Venue: Android Lab, Innovation & Technology Incubation Center, University of Engineering & Technology (UET), Lahore 
Registration Deadline: Registration Closed
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Computational Linguistics (CL) is a branch of Linguistics which deals with the analysis of human languages by applying computational methods. CL is an interdisciplinary field which requires a team work and members include linguists, language experts and computer scientists. The subject has theoretical as well as applied components. Theoretical aspect deals with the issues related to linguistics and cognitive science while applied side focuses on the computational modeling (knowledge-based or data-driven) of human languages.

Center for Language Engineering (CLE), Al-Khawarizmi Institute of Computer Science (KICS), University of Engineering and Technology (UET), in collaboration with Society for Natural Language Processing (SNLP), is conducting CLE Post-Graduate Certificate in “Computational Linguistics”. This program is specifically designed for faculty and researchers from disciplines including Urdu, English, Applied Linguistics, English Language Teaching, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering (Language Processing), Speech Pathology and related areas and is organized on weekends to encourage faculty participation.
This certificate aims to develop understanding of the field of Computational Linguistics and to motivate the participants to conduct the research for local languages.The program will help the participants to identify the less explored areas of research in the context of Urdu. After completing the program, participants will be able to understand:
  • New teaching dimensions of local languages
  • Different kinds of written and spoken texts
  • Components of linguistics in the context of Urdu
  • Role of linguists in language resources preparation and evaluation
  • Role of computers in language modeling and translation
  • Basic computing techniques for language modeling
  • Importance of interdisciplinary research collaboration
Through this certificate the participants will be able to study both the theoretical and applied aspects of the subject in the context of Urdu. The program will cover following units:
  • Character Level: Writing Systems and their Unicode Encoding; Corpora and Word Segmentation
  • Word Level: Lexicon and Spell Checking; Morphology and its Processing
  • Phrase Level: Parts of Speech and their Tagging; Grammar and its Parsing
Target Audience
This training is targeted for faculty and researchers in the following and other related areas:
  • English / Urdu Language Researchers
  • English Language Teaching
  • Linguistic Teaching
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Speech Pathology
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering (Language Processing)

Day 1: Friday May 27, 2016

Time Duration Task
12:00 -02:00 Registration
02:00 -04:00 Writing Systems and Unicode Encoding
04:00 -04:15 Tea Break
04:15 -05:30 Lab session One

Day 2: Saturday May 28, 2016

Time Duration Task
09:30 -11:00 Corpora and Word Segmentation
11:00 -11:15 Tea Break
11:15 -01:00 Lexicon and Spell Checking
01:00 -02:00 Lunch Break
02:00 -02:45 Lab session Two
02:45 -03:30 Morphology
03:30 -03:45 Tea Break
03:45 -05:00 Morphological Processing
05:00 -05:30 Lab session Three

Day 3: Friday June 03, 2016

Time Duration Task
02:00 -03:00 N-Grams
03:00 -04:15 Parts of Speech and Tagging
04:15 -04:30 Tea Break
4:30 -5:30 Lab session Four

Day 4: Saturday June 04, 2016

Time Duration Task
09:30 -11:30 Grammar
11:30 -11:45 Tea Break
11:45 -1:00 Parsing
01:00 -2:00 Lunch Break
2:00 -3:00 Lab session Five
3:00 -5:00 Closing Ceremony and Certificate Distribution
Registration Fees
Professional (Non-Faculty): PKR 25,000
Professional (Faculty): PKR 10,000
Student (PhD & MPhil): PKR 7,500

Registration Deadline: Registration Closed

  • Number of participants is limited to 20 on first come first served basis
  • Faculty and students are requested to show their valid original university identity cards for registration
  • On-site registration will depend on the availability of seats
  • Registration fees is non-refundable and non-transferable
Payment Procedure:

Participants are requested to pay the registration fee in order to confirm their seat. Payments are to be made in any one of the following ways:
  1. Visit CLE, at University of Engineering and Technology, G.T. Road, Lahore, make payment to Mr. Dilshad Ali, Accounts Officer, CLE and get a payment receipt.
  2. Pay through UBL Omni. Get your payment receipt from CLE, on the first day of the program.
  3. Pay through EasyPaisa. Get your payment receipt from CLE, on the first day of the program.
  4. Pay through MobiCash. Get your payment receipt from CLE, on the first day of the program.
Resource Person
Dr. Sarmad Hussain

PhD Northwestern University, USA
MPhil (Computer Speech and Language Processing) Cambridge University, UK

Dr. Sarmad Hussain did his doctoral degree in Speech Science with a thesis on Urdu phonetics and phonology. He also worked at Oxford University Phonetics Lab during his doctoral program, working on phonological aspects of stress in Urdu. He had completed his MPhil in Computer Speech and Language Processing where he worked on Urdu text to speech system.

Dr. Sarmad Hussain heads the Center for Language Engineering at Al-Khawarizmi Institute of Computer Science, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore. Before UET, he was heading the Computer Science Department at FAST National University, Lahore, where he was also the founding head of Center for Research in Urdu Language Processing.

His research is focused on developing computing solutions for Pakistani languages, including research in linguistics, localization, language computing standards, speech processing and computational linguistics. He has been serving on many national and international committees. Some of his current international memberships included Security and Stability Advisor Committee of ICANN, Executive Committee of Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing, and Pakistan representative on the International Committee for the Co-ordination and Standardization of Speech Databases and Assessment Techniques. At national level, he currently serves on IDN ccTLD committee of Ministry of IT, National Standards Committee of National Language Authority and is the Chairperson of Society of Natural Language Processing of Pakistan.

He has been awarded by Pakistan Science Academy for his work on Pakistani Languages.
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Contact Us
For queries please contact:
CLE Post-Graduate Certificate Program
Center for Language Engineering
Al-Khawarizmi Institute of Computer Science
University of Engineering and Technology, G.T. Road,
Lahore, Pakistan

Tel: +92-42-99029450, +92-42-36821444