What's New

The following paper received a best paper award of the 24-th annual meeting of the association for natural language processing (3/15)

  • Tomohide Shibata and Sadao Kurohashi:
    Entity-Centric Joint Modeling of Predicate Argument Structure Analysis and Coreference Resolution

The following paper received a language resource award of the 24-th annual meeting of the association for natural language processing (3/15)

  • Arseny Tolmachev and Sadao Kurohashi:
    Juman++ v2: A Practical and Modern Morphological Analyzer

KyotoU-Kanken Project "Research on Kanji and Japanese Language Learning by AI" was launched. (9/25)

We will conduct the following tutorial at IJCNLP2017 (2017/11/27-12/1) (8/10)

  • Fabien Cromieres, Toshiaki Nakazawa and Raj Dabre:
    Neural Machine Translation: Basics, Practical Aspects and Recent Trends

We will present the following paper at PACLIC2017 (2017/11/16-18) (8/10)

  • Raj Dabre, Tetsuji Nakagawa and Hideto Kazawa:
    An Empirical Study of Language Relatedness for Transfer Learning in Neural Machine Translation (short; work done at Google)

We will present the following paper at MT SUMMIT 2017 (2017/9/18-22) (8/10)

  • Raj Dabre, Fabien Cromieres, Sadao Kurohashi:
    Enabling Multi-Source Neural Machine Translation By Concatenating Source Sentences In Multiple Languages (long)

We will present the following paper at IWPT 2017 (2017/9/20-22) (8/10)

  • Daisuke Kawahara, Yuta Hayashibe, Hajime Morita and Sadao Kurohashi:
    Automatically Acquired Lexical Knowledge Improves Japanese Joint Morphological and Dependency Analysis

Research Overview

Language is the most reliable medium of human intellectual activities. Our objective is to establish the technology and academic discipline for handling and understanding language, in a manner that is as close as possible to that of humans, using computers. These include syntactic language analysis, semantic analysis, context analysis, text comprehension, text generation and dictionary systems to develop various application systems for machine translation and information retrieval.

Search Engine Infrastructure based on Deep Natural Language Processing


The essential purpose of information retrieval is not to retrieve just a relevant document but to acquire the information or knowledge in the document. We have been developing a next-generation infrastructure of information retrieval on the basis of the following techniques of deep natural language processing: precise processing based not on words but on predicate-argument structures, identifying the variety of linguistic expressions and providing a bird's-eye view of search results via clustering and interaction.

Machine Translation


To bring automatic translation by computers to the level of human translation, we have been studying next-generation methodology of machine translation on the basis of text understanding and a large collection of translation examples. We have already accomplished practical translation on the domain of travel conversation, and constructed a translation-aid system that can be used by experts of patent translation.

Fundamental Studies on Text Understanding

To make computers understand language, it is essential to give computers world knowledge. This was a very hard problem ten years ago, but it has become possible to acquire knowledge from a massive amount of text in virtue of the drastic progress of computing power and network. We have successfully acquired linguistic patterns of predicate-argument structures from automatic parses of 7 billion Japanese sentences crawled from the Web using grid computing machines. By utilizing such knowledge, we study text understanding, i.e., recognizing the relationships between words and phrases in text.