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Natural Language Processing and Mental Health


Oxford e-Research Centre, 7 Keble Road, Oxford. Room 277

Date & Time

Friday 26 May 2023 16:00 - 17:00


Free to attend and open to all.

Join us for a talk entitled "Natural Language Processing and Mental Health" by Prof Pushpak Bhattacharyya.


Abstract: As per WHO, the number of mental health patients all over the world is about 1000 million, and about 14% of deaths in the world are due to mental disorders. The ratio of doctors to patients in the case of mental health support is about 1:10000. This situation underlines the need for automation in mental health monitoring. In this talk, we present our ongoing work on using natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning (ML) for detecting mental conditions and also generate positive and reassuring statements that can pull a person from the brink of taking extreme steps. The data sets, classification, and text generation framework will be described pointing to rich possibilities of future work.

Bio: Prof Pushpak Bhattacharyya is Bhagat Singh Rekhi Chair Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Bombay. He has done extensive research in Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning. Some of his noteworthy contributions are Indian Language NLP like IndoWordnet, Cognitive NLP, Low Resource MT, and Knowledge Graph-Deep Learning Synergy in Information Extraction and Question Answering.  He has published close to 400 research papers, more than 12K citations and has an h-index of 52, has authored/co-authored 6 books including a textbook on machine translation, and has guided more than 350 students for their Ph.D., Masters, and Undergraduate thesis. Prof. Bhattacharyya is a Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering, Abdul Kalam National Fellow, Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, ex-Director IIT Patna, and past President of ACL (Association of Computational Linguistics).


Free to attend and open to all.