Award: Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award
Institution: Saint Louis University
Kevin Scannell is Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Saint Louis University. He works with language communities around the world to develop computing resources that help them use their native language online. He is particularly interested in Irish and the other Celtic languages; he has developed an Irish spell checker, grammar checker, and thesaurus, as well as dictionaries and translation engines that support Irish, Scottish, and Manx Gaelic. He is also a member of the team that provides Irish localisations of a number of important software products including Gmail, Twitter, and WhatsApp. As a Fulbright Scholar, he will apply recent advances in deep learning and neural networks to the development of language technologies for Irish, working in collaboration with researchers at Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge in Carna, Co. Galway, in the Conamara Gaeltacht.