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Humorous Agent for Humorous Acronyms

Objective

This project is about introducing computational humour capabilities in future interfaces. Apart from a scientific motivation for the study of humour, there is a more practical perspective. The aim of this project is to assess the state of the art and application prospects, develop a first demonstrator and, out of this, create the basis for a substantial, industrially attractive project about humour. The main goal of the project is the realisation of an acronym generator and re-analyser as a proof of concept in a focused but unrestricted context. In order to implement this system, we will develop general tools for humorous systems. A fundamental tool is an incongruity detector/generator: concretely we need to be able to detect semantic mismatches between word meaning and sentence meaning (i.e. in our case the acronym and its context). The working demonstrator will help to establish the feasibility and the potential impact of the enterprise.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
The work to be carried out will include the following:
- An assessment of application opportunities, concerning the market but also the structure of products. An assessment of what has been done and an evaluation of what can be done in a short to medium term;
- Acquisition of available resources, development of some humour resources (in particular WordNet-based navigating algorithms, a rule database of semantic field oppositions with humorous potential). A fundamental tool is an incongruity detector/generator: concretely we need to be able to detect semantic mismatches between word meaning and sentence meaning. For all tools, particular attention will be put on reusability;
- The realisation of an acronym generator and re-analyser as a proof of concept in a focused but unrestricted context;
- Evaluation of the prototype;
- Formulation of concrete ideas about the realisation of a larger and more ambitious final system, involving industrial partners.

Some possible scenarios include:
- educational software for children could be based on the idea of machine-assisted joke generation, thus helping the user explore word-meanings;
- a system that uses humour to help promotion and attention focalisation in an electronic commerce environment.

Funding Scheme

ACM - Preparatory, accompanying and support measures

Coordinator

ISTITUTO TRENTINO DI CULTURA
Address
Via Santa Croce 77
38100 Trento
Italy

Participants (1)

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede