Keynote Speakers



Prof. Girish Nath Jha

ICBSLP 2019 is honored to have Professor Girish Nath Jha as a keynote speaker. He will speak on "LT Resource Crunch - challenges and opportunities for South Asian languages"

Prof. Girish Nath Jha teaches Computational Linguistics at the School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and is currently the dean of the school. He also holds concurrent appointment at the Center of Linguistics in JNU. Prof Jha till recently held the position of the director of International Collaboration of JNU. His research interests include Machine Translation, Indian languages corpora and standards, Lexicography, e-learning, web based technologies, RDBMS, software design and localization. Details on his work can be obtained from http://sanskrit.jnu.ac.in.

Prof Jha was given an honorary appointment as "Mukesh & Priti Chatter Distinguished Professor of History of Science" at the Center for Indic Studies, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, USA (2009-12). He has been a visiting professor at the Yogyakarta State University, Indonesia (2013), University of Würzburg, Germany (2014 and 2016) and University of Florence, Italy (2016).

Prof Jha has books published from publishers like Springer Verlag, Cambridge Scholar Publishing, LAP Lambert and has over 125 research papers/presentations/publications and over 150 invited talks and presentations including many keynotes/plenary at prestigious international venues. Prof Jha has been chair/co-chair for at least 12 international seminars/conferences and has been nominated member of more than 25 committees. He was nominated to the editorial board of a leading journal from Springer and has been a reviewer of many leading journals and proceedings in the area of NLP. He has supervised 49 M.Phil and 22 Ph.D. students. Prof Jha has organized many international conferences. Prof Jha's efforts in collaboration with software industry has led to the development of key technologies for Indian languages. His awards include Datta Peetha award for Sanskrit linguistics (2017), KECSS Felicitation award for promotion of Sharada script (2016), EU grant for Visiting Professorship at University of Florence (2016), DAAD fellowships for Visiting Professorship at University iof Wurzburg, Germany (2014, 2016), Mukesh & Priti Chatter Distinguished Professor of History of Science at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA (2009-2012).

Dr. Niladri Sekhar Dash

Dr. Niladri Sekhar Dash works as an Associate Professor in Linguistic Research Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata (The Institute of National Importance, Govt. of India). For last 25 years he has been working in the area of Corpus Linguistics, Language Technology, Language Documentation and Digitization, Computational Lexicography, Computer Assisted Language Teaching, and Manual and Machine Translation. To his credit, he has published 16 research monographs and more than 250 research papers in peer-reviewed international and national journals, anthologies, and conference proceedings. As an invited speaker Dr. Dash has delivered lectures at more than 40 universities and institutes in India and abroad.

He acts as Research Advisor for several multinational organizations (e.g., Zi-Corporation (Canada), Mobile Net (Sweden), Taylor and Francis (England and US), Cognizant (India), Braahmin Ltd. (India), Mihup (India), Beno Translation (USA), Oxford University Press (UK), Reve Systems Ltd. Bangladesh, etc.) which have been working on various domains of Language Technology, Natural Language Processing, and Computational Lexicography. Dr. Dash has acted as the Principal Investigator for six projects funded by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), and the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) Govt. of India. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Advanced Linguistic Studies― a peer-reviewed international journal of linguistics enlisted in UGC journal list (2017); and Editorial Board Member of six international journals. He is a member of several linguistic associations across the world and a regular Ph.D. thesis evaluator of several Indian and foreign universities. In 2017, he worked as a Visiting Scientist at the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM) at the University of Reading, the UK. He is awarded British Academy Visiting Fellowship 2018― a highly prestigious fellowship awarded by British Academy, UK. At present, he is working on Parallel Translation Corpus, POS Tagging of Text Corpus, Digital Pronunciation Dictionary, Computer Assisted Language Teaching, Digital Lexical Profile, Contextualized Word Sense Cognition, Bilingual Lexical Database, Language Documentation and Digitization, Translation and Application of Corpus Data in Language Disorder research, etc. Details of Dr. Dash may be found at https://sites.google.com/site/nsdashisi/home/.