Aidan Pine

 

Roles and responsibilities

I am a full-stack developer for the NRC DT Indigenous Language Technology project. I develop and research language revitalization software and user interfaces. I am interested in technology research and development that supports communities in their goals for language revitalization and reclamation.

Current research and/or projects

  • Iroquoian verb conjugation tools – I am the lead developer for WordWeaver and WordWeaver-GUI, tools that communicate with language models of Iroquoian languages and visualize the data. The tool is to be used by learners and teachers.
     
  • Speech Synthesis – I am building a speech synthesis system for Mohawk (Iroquoian) to be able to generate speech for the verb conjugation tools described above.
     
  • Interactive aligned text/audio - I am contributing to a project that allows language communities to publish their own interactive text/audio aligned stories. The system is an end-to-end forced text/audio aligner and a web component for visualizing the output.

Education

B.A. (Hons.) Linguistics & First Nations Languages, University of British Columbia, 2016

Professional activities/interests

  • Since 2013 I have been a part of the Gitksan Research Lab at UBC, doing linguistic research with the Gitksan community located along the Skeena river in BC.
     
  • I founded and am the lead developer of an organization called Mother Tongues that develops open source digital lexicography software. Mother Tongues also manages over 30 digital “talking” dictionaries with language-specific approximate search algorithms for Indigenous languagse from Canada, the US, Japan & Nepal.

Affiliations

Awards

DT Value for Canada Award (2018)

Dean’s Outstanding Leadership Award for Academic Contributions to the Faculty of Arts, UBC (sole recipient, 2016)

Key publications

Language Revitalization”, A. Pine & M. Turin, 2016, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics

Aidan Pine

Aidan Pine

Application Development Specialist
Digital Technologies
5071 West Saanich Road
Victoria, British Columbia V9E 2E7
Preferred language: English
Other(s): Danish, French

Expertise

Information Technology, Computer science