Aidan Pine

 

Roles and responsibilities

I am a Research Council Officer with the NRC DT Indigenous Language Technology project. I develop and research speech & 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

  • Speech Synthesis – I research speech synthesis techniques for Indigenous languages and developing text-to-speech systems to support language revitalization.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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

M.Sc.(Distinction) Speech & Language Processing, University of Edinburgh, 2021

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 languages from Canada, the US, Japan & Nepal.

Affiliations

Awards

NRC IP Achievement Award (2021)

Scotland's Saltire Scholarship (2020)

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

Research Council Officer, Indigenous Languages Technologies
Digital Technologies
5071 West Saanich Road
Victoria, British Columbia V9E 2E7
Preferred language: English
Other(s): Danish, French

Expertise

Information Technology, Computer science