I am currently, and proudly, part of the Computation of Language Laboratory (CoLa Lab). Under the direction of Prof. Lisa S. Pearl, CoLa Lab investigates the complex system we call human language, focusing on information acquisition and extraction. Some of the questions that members of CoLa Lab attempt to answer have a great relevance in Musical-Moods. For example:
How do people acquire the non-linguistic information about the world that they do from the language data that they have? Can machines be made to do it as well? This includes questions about authorship & identity, message tone, and transmission of mental states through language.
The main technique of investigation we use is empirically-grounded computational modeling, drawing on constraints from realistic examples of human language and what we know about how humans process language information. Complementary techniques include psycholinguistic methodologies to assess knowledge in children and adults, and human computation methodologies for gathering realistic samples of language use and interpretation.