TSU held a linguistic hackathon

The LinguaHack linguistic hackathon was recently held at TSU. IT specialists and linguists together created programs to analyze congratulations and to automatically distribute news according to the region where an event has occurred. They also proposed to conduct an experiment with virtual reality (VR) to show how this technology improves the quality of teaching schoolchildren and students.

LinguaHack had two formats of participation: the teams could develop a research project on language and thought communication or create a prototype of an IT product for solving cases.

The winning team solved the problem of automatic distribution of news by region. Students of the Faculty of Philology created a program that analyzes the names of cities in the text and relates them to the corresponding region. In the future, they plan to add local attractions to the analyzer and solve the problem of homonymous names, for example, the city of Taiga and the taiga as a forest. According to philologists, the program is useful to news aggregators and the media for analyzing regional agendas, and to other companies.

All experts agreed that the guys showed a high level and in a short time created a product that can be brought to the market, - said Mikhail Golovatov, head of TSU’s Innovation Department.

A team of bachelor-level linguists described an experiment using video and VR technologies. It must confirm that a person memorizes terms better with virtual reality. Also, the students wanted to see which areas of the brain are active during memorizing.

- The main goal of the hackathon was to create prototypes of teams that unite linguists and programmers to meet the challenges demanded in the labor market,- said TSU Professor Zoya Rezanova. - It is important that students are invited to participate in the research and application projects of TSU and partner organizations of the hackathon. We also showed the prospects of our Master's program. Linguistics at present is an applied science, and its methods are used to solve many applied problems.

Hackathon participants were invited to TSU’s Laboratory of Linguistic Anthropology and Laboratory of Cognitive Studies of Language to be involved in joint projects.