Tue, Nov 16, 2021 @ 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science
Title: Decipherment of Historical Manuscripts
Jonathan May (chair)
Libraries and archives are filled with enciphered documents from the early modern period. Example documents include encrypted letters, diplomatic correspondences, and books from secret societies. Decipherment of classical ciphers is an essential step to reveal the contents of those historical documents.
This thesis addresses three historical decipherment problems: 1. Automatically transcribing historical documents. 2. Deciphering noisy ciphers and ciphers with an unknown plaintext language. 3. Parsing numerical ciphers. We show how machine translation techniques can be used to help in decipherment and vice versa.
Audiences: Everyone Is Invited
Contact: Lizsl De Leon