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How do you teach a computer to read an endangered language — and a language that many people don’t even know exists? While machine learning technology has enabled us to read and research texts online in many languages, there’s one language that our computers and smartphones have yet to learn: Ladino, a heritage language of Sephardic Jews.

Join Benjamin Charles Germain Lee, a third year PhD student in the Paul G. Allen School for Computer Science & Engineering and the Stroum Center’s Richard Willner Memorial graduate fellow, who will speak about his Library of Congress Innovator in Residence project, Newspaper Navigator, and his ongoing work with Professor Devin Naar studying Ladino newspapers using machine learning and computer vision.

Great for students of Ladino, Sephardic studies, information science and management, digital humanities, computer science & engineering, history, Spanish, communications, and any fan of the UW libraries.

For undergraduates and graduate students only.

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