Student Projects in Language, Technology, and Design

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There is an exciting opportunity for higher degree research students to develop knowledge and skills in such fields as speech and language processing, deep learning, and participatory design. Students will apply the theory to complex problems in language maintenance and revitalisation, by conducting fieldwork, developing software, and running experiments. We will investigate new ways of evaluating the impact of technology on wellbeing and connectedness in highly multilingual societies in Darwin, Kakadu, West Arnhem, and further afield.

Sample project topics include:

  • natural language processing for polysynthetic languages;
  • participatory design in indigenous communities;
  • gamification for language maintenance;
  • remote sensing of language vitality;
  • supporting and measuring linguistic vitality in schools;
  • capturing and analysing talk about rock art;
  • documenting traditions in food preparation; and
  • developing motivators for bilingualism in the home.


Please contact Professor Steven Bird on email or telephone 08 8946 6153