Language effectively fulfills its communicative function within the framework of a certain objective: to inform, to entertain, to criticize, etc. In this sense, the starting hypothesis of Integer is that it is possible, without previously embedding it in the system, to introduce the communicative objective in the generation process, resulting in more flexible systems. Moreover, through the use of recent learning techniques, the versatility of the system can be expanded by integrating heterogeneous sources of information.
To validate our hypothesis, the following questions need to be answered: i) Is it possible to obtain a holistic approach capable of automatically solving different NLG problems? ii) Can a wide variety of high-quality texts be dynamically generated for different purposes?
The answer to these questions is the objective of this project, aiming at developing an intelligent NLG approach capable of producing several types of texts for different uses, and thus, contributing to the creation of a new NLG paradigm.
To meet the aforementioned overall objective of the project, the following specific objectives have been set:
(OBJ1) Analyze and define what a communicative objective is and its involvement in the production of language.
(OBJ2) Characterize communicative objectives and analyze their relationship with textual genres.
(OBJ3) Research, propose and develop novel approaches to generate communicative language models using NLP techniques and advanced automatic learning algorithms, such as deep learning.
(OBJ4) Research, propose and develop a holistic, flexible and dynamically adaptive NLG method that uses the knowledge obtained from communicative language models.
(OBJ5) Evaluate intrinsically and extrinsically each of the proposed techniques and approaches, as well as in a real scenario to demonstrate the validity and application of the NLG method.
(OBJ6) Promote and disseminate the research results obtained from the project through different national and international media –including well indexed journals, conferences, seminars, etc.-, as well as exploit the potential for transferring this technology to society.