Burcu Can

Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Engineering
Hacettepe University

email: burcucan at cs dot hacettepe dot edu dot tr

I am mainly interested in unsupervised learning techniques applied to natural language processing.


News!!! The 4th International Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Science will be held on 30th April, at Hacettepe University this year. (http://isbcs2017.hacettepe.edu.tr/)

Short biography

I completed my B.Sc. and M.Sc. in the Department of Computer Engineering, Hacettepe University. I completed my Ph.D. in 2011 in the Computer Science Department, University of York as a member of the Artificial Intelligence group and under the supervision of Suresh Manandhar. I was also a visiting researcher for 9 months in 2014 in the Department of Computer Science at the University of York.

I am affiliated at the Department of Computer Engineering, Hacettepe University at the moment.

Research interests

I am mainly interested in natural language processing with the application of unsupervised learning techniques. These include statistical methods, such as parametric/nonparametric Bayesian learning. I worked mainly on syntax and morphology in natural languages so far. However, I am also interested in the other fields of natural language processing.

Other fields that I worked in the past include speech recognition. I developed a syllable based speech recognition system for the Turkish language for my M.Sc. thesis.

Projects

Supervision

Current: Former: If you are interested in working with me as a MSc or PhD student and if you think that your interests match mine, please feel free to contact me.

Teaching

2016-2017 Spring:

In the past:

Publications

  • Murathan Kurfalı, Ahmet Üstün, Burcu Can. A Trie-Sructured Bayesian Model for Unsupervised Morphological Segmentation. In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics (CICLing 2017), Budapest, Hungary 2017. (accepted)
  • Necva Bölücü, Burcu Can. Joint PoS Tagging and Stemming for Agglutinative Languages. In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics (CICLing 2017), Budapest, Hungary 2017. (accepted)
  • Serkan Özen, Burcu Can. Buildings Morphological Chains for Agglutinating Languages. In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics (CICLing 2017), Budapest, Hungary 2017. (accepted)
  • Burcu Can, Suresh Manandhar. Tree Structured Dirichlet Processes for Hierarchical Morphological Segmentation. Computational Linguistics. June, 2016. (under revision)
  • Burcu Can. Unsupervised Learning of Allomorphs in Turkish. Turkish Journal of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. December, 2016. (accepted)
  • Serkan Kumyol, Burcu Can. Modelling Morpheme Triplets with a Three-level Hierarchical Dirichlet Process. In Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Asian Language Processing (IALP 2016), Tainan, Taiwan, 2016.
  • Ahmet Üstün, Burcu Can. Unsupervised Morphological Segmentation Using Neural Word Embeddings. In Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Statistical Language and Speech Processing (SLSP 2016), Pilsen, Czech Republic, 2016.
  • Burcu Can, Ahmet Üstün, Murathan Kurfalı. Turkish PoS Tagging by Reducing Sparsity with Morpheme Tags in Small Datasets. In Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics (CICLing 2016), Konya, Turkey, 2016.
  • M. Burak Öztürk, Burcu Can. Clustering Word Roots Syntactically. In Proceedings of the 24. IEEE Sinyal İşleme ve İletişim Uygulamaları Kurultayı (SIU 2016), Zonguldak, Mayıs 2016.
  • Burcu Can, Serkan Kumyol, Cem Bozşahin. Allomorphs and Binary Transitions Reduce Sparsity in Turkish Semi-supervised Morphological Processing. In Proceedings of the First Conference on Turkic Computational Linguistics (TurCLing), Konya, Turkey, 2016.
  • Burcu Can, Suresh Manandhar. Methods and Algorithms for Unsupervised Learning of Morphology, Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 8403, 2014, pp 177-205, 2014.
  • Burcu Can, Harun Artuner. A Syllable-Based Turkish Speech Recognition System by Using Time Delay Neural Networks, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference of Soft Computing and Pattern Recognition (SoCPaR 2013). Hanoi, Vietnam. December, 2013.
  • Burcu Can, Suresh Manandhar. Dirichlet Processes for Joint Learning of Morphology and PoS Tags, Proceedings of the 6th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing 2013 (IJCNLP 2013). Nagoya, Japan. October, 2013.
  • Burcu Can, Suresh Manandhar. An Agglomerative Hierarchical Clustering Algorithm for Morpheme Labelling, Proceedings of the Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing 2013 (RANLP 2013). Hissar, Bulgaria. September, 2013.
  • Burcu Can, Suresh Manandhar. Probabilistic Hierarchical Clustering of Morphological Paradigms, Proceedings of the European Chapter of the ACL 2012. Avignon, France. April 2012.
  • Burcu Can. Statistical Models for Unsupervised Learning of Morphology and POS tagging. PhD thesis. The University of York, 2012.
  • Burcu Can, Suresh Manandhar. Clustering Morphological Paradigms Using Syntactic Categories. In Multilingual Information Access Evaluation Vol. I, 10th Workshop of the Cross-Language Evaluation Forum, CLEF 2009, Corfu, Greece, September 30 - October 2, 2009, Revised Selected Papers Notes in Computer Science. Springer, 2010.
  • Burcu Can, Suresh Manandhar. Unsupervised Learning of Morphology by Using Syntactic Categories. In Working Notes for the Cross Language Evaluation Forum (CLEF) 2009 Workshop, Corfu, Greece.
  • Burcu Can. Unsupervised Learning of Morphology and Part-of-Speech Tagging, Burcu Can, Qualifying Dissertation Report, University of York, 2008.
  • Burcu Can. The Design and Implementation of a Syllable-Based Speech Recognition System for the Turkish Language. MSc Thesis. Hacettepe University, 2007.
  • Professional

    I have been involved as a reviewer/editor in the following Journals, Conferences and Workshops:
  • International Journal of Data Mining Science (editorial board) 2017
  • 25th IEEE Signal Processing and Communications Applications Conference 2017
  • International Conference on Computational Linguistics (Coling) 2016
  • Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) 2016-2017
  • Journal of Natural Language Engineering (JNLE) - 2015
  • Turkish Journal of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences - 2013-20016
  • Linguistics and Literature Studies - Horizon Research Publishing - 2015
  • International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP) - 2013
  • York Doctoral Symposium (YDS) - 2009 and 2010
  • Morpho Challenge Workshop - 2008 and 2009
  • Personal

    My hobbies include:

    Contact Information

    Hacettepe Üniversitesi
    Bilgisayar Mühendisliği Bölümü
    06800 Beytepe Ankara
    Türkiye
    03122977500
    email: burcucan at cs dot hacettepe dot edu dot tr


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