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Natural Language Processing - Seminars


One of the primary missions of our PIC is to organize events and event series at IBM Research Labs. Recent events include the SMiLe Student Open House, and an NLP seminar series at IBM Research locations around the world.

Seminars

The NLP PIC organizes a series of seminars with distinguished speakers from academia. Additionally, selected Ph.D. students with established research results are invited to speak as part of the SMiLe Student Seminar Series. Finally, the PIC hosts talks by IBM employees, open to the public, on foundational topics, as well as talks by visiting scientists from other IBM Research labs.

2013

  • Nov 11, 2013. Dr. Yafei Li, University of Wisconsin Madison. "The Differences Between English and Chinese Lexical Categories and Their Origin", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Nov 01, 2013. Dr. Mausam, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Recent Advances in Open Information Extraction, at IBM India Research Lab.
  • Oct 10, 2013. Dr. Boxing Chen, National Research Council Canada. "Recent Advance in Domain Adaptation for Statistical Machine Translation", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Oct 7, 2013. Dr. Hui Jiang, York University. "Why DNN Works for Speech and How to Make it More Efficient?", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Aug 21, 2013. Dr. Peter Clarke, Vulcan, Inc.. "Towards a Knowledgeable Machine that can Pass an Elementary Science Test", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Aug 13, 2013. Dr. Jingjing Liu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "Language Understanding and Content Processing for Spoken Conversational Systems", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Jun 26, 2013. Dr. Nizar Habash, Columbia University. "Morphological Analysis and Disambiguation for Dialectal Arabic", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Jun 5, 2013. Dr. Kevin Gimpel, Toyota Technological Institute. "Making Machine Translation Better and More Useful", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • May 22, 2013. Tahira Naseem, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "Dependency Parsing for Resource-lean Languages", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Apr 3, 2013. Dr. Liang Huang, City University of New York. "Structured Perceptron with Inexact Search", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Apr 2, 2013. Dr. Fei Xia, University of Washington. "Clinical NLP Research: Challenges and Strategies", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Mar 7, 2013. Dr. Ophir Frieder, Georgetown University. "Searching in the Real World", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Feb 27, 2013. Xuchen Yao, Johns Hopkins University. "QA Driven Shallow Structured Information Retrieval for QA", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Jan 25, 2013. Pascual Martinez-Gomez, University of Tokyo. "Eye-tracking for Cognitive and Readability diagnosis", at IBM Tokyo Research Lab.

2012

  • Dec 11, 2012. Dr. David Smith, Northeastern University. "You Can't Always Get What (Data) You Want: Learning Latent Representations to Make Syntactic Analysis Fast, Accurate, and Composable", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Nov 9, 2012. Dr. Chris Callison-Burch, Johns Hopkins University. "Large-scale paraphrasing for natural language understanding and generation", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Nov 6, 2012. Dr. Qun Liu, Dublin City University. "Context-Aware Rule-Selection for Statistical Machine Translation", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Oct 19, 2012. Dr. Kathleen McKeown, Columbia University. "Columbia’s Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering: Overview and Case Study", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Oct 11, 2012. Amnon Lotan, Tel Aviv University. "A Syntactic Rulebase and a Semantic TruthTeller in the service of Textual Entailment", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Oct 5, 2012. Dr. Tetsuya Sakai, Microsoft Research Asia. "The Virtual Sakai Lab at Microsoft Research Asia: Towards Easy Information Access", at IBM Tokyo Research Lab.
  • Oct 2, 2012. Dr. Steven Kraines, University of Tokyo. "Communicating Knowledge via Computers using Human-Authored Computer-Understandable Descriptors", at IBM Tokyo Research Lab.
  • Sep 26, 2012. Dr. Michael Collins, Columbia University. "Provable Methods for Inference and Learning in Statistical NLP Challenges", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Sep 5, 2012. Thuy Linh Nguyen, Carnegie Mellon University. "Phrasal-Hiero: Integrating Phrase-based Reordering Models into Hiero Decoder", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, part of the SMiLe Seminar Series.
  • Aug 1, 2012. Dr. Natasha Noy, Stanford University. "Semantic Technologies in Biomedical Research: Success and Challenges", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Jul 20, 2012. Dr. Shinsuke Mori, Kyoto University. "Pointwise approach to NLP and adaptation to recipe texts", at IBM Tokyo Research Lab.
  • Jul 20, 2012. Dr. Hisashi Kashima, University of Tokyo. "Human Computation, Crowd-sourcing, and Machine Learning", at IBM Tokyo Research Lab.
  • Jun 19, 2012. Dr. Larry Hunter, University of Colorado. "A Mind for Life: Why Watson isn't AI-Complete, and How Molecular Biomedicine Might Make It So", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • May 7, 2012. Dr. Janyce Wiebe, University of Pittsburgh. "Subjectivity and Sentiment Analysis: from Words to Discourse", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • May 3, 2012. Dr. Sara Tonelli, Fondazione Bruno Kessler. "Wikipedia-based WSD for Multilingual Frame Annotation", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Apr 20, 2012. Dr. Katsumasa Yoshikawa, IBM. "Probabilistic Logic Approach to Event Structure Analysis", at IBM Tokyo Research Lab.
  • Apr 16, 2012. Dr. Adam Lopez, Johns Hopkins University. "Integrated Parsing and Tagging", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.

2011

  • Dec 12, 2011. Dr. Ralph Grishman, New York University. "The Knowledge Base Population Task: Challenges for Information Extraction", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Nov 8, 2011. Dr. Dan Weld, University of Washington. "Knowledge-Based Weak Supervision for Scalable Information Extraction", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Nov 2, 2011. Dr. J. William Murdock, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. "Mapping Linguistic Structure in Watson", at IBM Research - Tokyo.
  • Oct 21, 2011. Dr. Gholamreza Haffari, Monash University. "Bayesian Extraction of Minimal SCFG Rules for Hierarchical Phrase-based Translation", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Oct 13, 2011. Dr. Carlo Strapparava, FBK-irst. "Dealing with Persuasiveness and Virality in NLP", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Oct 3, 2011, Dr. Daichi Mochihashi, The Institute of Statistical Mathematics, "Nonparametric Bayesian Methods in Language Modeling" at IBM Research - Tokyo.
  • Aug 23, 2011. Dr. Lora Aroyo, Free University of Amsterdam. "From Crowd Knowledge to Machine Knowledge: Use Cases with Semantics and User Interaction in Dutch Cultural Heritage Collections", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Jul 27, 2011, Dr. Christopher Welty, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, "Reasoning and Contextual Reading" at IBM Research - Tokyo.
  • Jul 13, 2011, Dr. Matt Hurst, Microsoft Research, "Challenges in Local Search" at IBM Research - Tokyo.
  • Jun 30, 2011. Dr. Alessandro Moschitti, University of Trento. "State-of-the-art Kernels in Natural Language Processing", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Jun 27, 2011. Dr. Chris Biemann, Technische Universit„t Darmstadt. "Lexical Substitution using Crowdsourcing", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Jun 24, 2011. Dr. Aldo Gangemi, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies. "Knowledge Patterns: Frame Representation across AI, Semantic, Web Linguistics, and Cognitive Science", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • May 23, 2011. Dr. Noah Smith, Carnegie Mellon University. "Sociolinguistics from Social Media", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • May 12, 2011. Dr. Lucia Specia, University of Wolverhampton. "Quality Estimation for Machine Translation", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • May 3, 2011. Dr. Liang Huang, Information Sciences Institute. "Linear-time Dynamic Programming for Incremental Parsing", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.
  • Apr 18, 2011. Dr. Stephane Mery, ILOG. "The ILOG Business Domain-Specific Language (BDSL) Toolkit", at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.

Fall 2010

  • Nov 19. Harr Chen, "Unsupervised Learning of Relations from Related Documents." T.J. Watson Lab.
  • Nov 11. Dr. Robert Munro, Stanford U. "Crowdsourcing and Machine-learning for Language Processing." Almaden Lab
  • Nov 1. Snigdha Chaturvedi, Blue Scholar, IBM India, "Research Advancements in the Data Cleansing Domain." T.J. Watson Lab, as part of the SMiLe Student Seminar.
  • Oct 13, 2010. Prof Holger Schwenk, Université du Le Mans, France. "Using comparable, monolingual and weighted corpora for Statistical Machine Translation Systems." T.J. Watson Lab.
  • Oct 12, 2010. Dr Yunyao Li and Dr. Laura Chiticariu, Almaden Research Lab, "SystemT: an Algebraic Approach to Declarative Information Extraction." T.J. Watson Lab
  • Oct 1, 2010. Prof. Eric Nyberg, "Open Advancement of Human Language Technologies." T.J. Watson Lab
  • Sept 3, 2010. Prof. Dan Roth, UIUC. "Constraints Driven Structured Learning with Indirect Supervision." T.J. Watson Lab. Part of the SMiLe Seminar Series

Summer 2010

  • July 30. Hoifung Poon, U. Washington - "Statistical Relational Learning for Knowledge Extraction from the Web", T.J. Watson Lab. Part of the SMiLe Student Seminar Series.
  • June 29. Prof. Marilyn A. Walker, U.C. Santa Cruz. "Affective Adaptation for Dialog Systems." Almaden Lab.
  • June 21. Dr. Mona Diab, Columbia U. - "Automatic Processing of Arabic(s)." T.J. Watson Lab
  • June 14. Prof. David Chiang, USC-ISI - "Learning to Translate with Source and Target Syntax." T.J. Watson Lab.
  • June 9. Prof. Hideya Kitamura, Toyo University "The Interaction between Emotion and Recognition." Tokyo Lab
  • July 9, Prof. Akihiko Tokaji, Toyo University "Mechanism of "kandoh" (the state of being emotionally moved)", Tokyo Lab.
  • June 4. Dr Stanley F. Chen, IBM T.J. Watson - "Performance Prediction and Shrinking Language Models", T.J. Watson Lab. Part of the SMiLe Foundational Topics Seminar Series.

Spring 2010

  • May 27. Dr Smaranda Muresan, Rutgers U. - "Learnable Constraint-based Grammars for Deep Language Understanding.". T.J. Watson Lab.
  • May 7. Prof. Ani Nenkova, Univ. of Pennsylvania - "Fully Automatic Evaluation for Text Summarization." T.J. Watson Lab.
  • May 3, Prof Pedro Domingos, U. Washington - "Unsupervised Semantic Parsing." T.J. Watson Lab.
  • March 25, Jaime Carbonell, CMU - "Active and Proactive Machine Learning: From Fundamentals to Applications in Comp Bio, MT, and Wind Energy." T.J. Watson Lab. Joint seminar with AI PIC
  • April 22, Prof. Regina Barzilay, MIT - "Learning to follow orders: Reinforcement learning for mapping instructions to actions." T.J. Watson Lab.
  • February 19, Prof. Kazuhide Yamamoto, Nagaoka University of Technology "Similarity Calculation using Relativity of Features." Tokyo Lab.

Fall 2009

  • October 23. Prof. Vincent Ng,U.T. Dallas: "Supervised Models for Coreference Resolution." T.J. Watson Lab.
  • October 19. Dr. Sabrina Hsueh, IBM Research: "NLP Challenges in Characterizing Patent Quality." T.J. Watson Lab.
  • October 2. Kristen Parton, Columbia University: "Task-Embedded Machine Translation." T.J. Watson Lab.
  • September 25. Prof. Michael Collins, MID: "A Tree Adjoining Grammar (TAG) Formalism for Parsing and Machine Translation." T.J. Watson Lab.

Summer 2009

  • September 21. Dr. Xiaolin Shi, Stanford Univ. "Structure and Information Diffusion in Social Networks." Almaden Lab.
  • August 14. Chris Dyer, UMD: "Improving machine translation by propagating uncertainty". T.J. Watson Lab.
  • July 22. Dr. Kishore Papineni, Yahoo! Research: "Introduction to Computational Advertising". T.J. Watson Lab.
  • July 16. Jenny Finkel, Stanford University: "Multi-Task Learning using the OntoNotes Corpus". T.J. Watson Lab.

Spring 2009

  • May 21. Yoshinobu Kano, project Research Associate, The University of Tokyo, U-Compare Project Lead, "U-Compare: an integrated natural language processing platform based on UIMA." Tokio Research Lab.
  • April 30. Prof. Elena Filatova, Fordham University, "Identification of the biography-related information." T.J. Watson Lab.
  • April 24. Prof. Ben Taskar, University of Pennsylvania, "Weak Supervision, Latent Variables and Posterior Constraints." T.J. Watson Lab.
  • April 23. Prof. Johanna Moore, the University of Edimburgh, "Language Generation for Spoken Dialogue Systems" (joint seminar with HCI and UIT PICs). T.J. Watson.
  • April 6. Dr. Michel Galley, Stanford University, "Hierarchical models for phrase-based machine translation." T.J. Watson Lab.
  • March 27. Prof. Panos Ipeirotis, NYU Stern, "Get Another Label? Improving Data Quality and Data Mining Using Multiple, Noisy Labelers." T.J. Watson Lab.
  • March 17. Zhifei Li, Johns Hopkins University, "Variational Decoding for Statistical Machine Translation." T.J. Watson Lab.
  • March 13. Prof. Heng Ji, City University of New York, "Cross-Document Cross-Lingual Event Extraction, Ranking, and Tracking." T.J. Watson Lab.
  • March 12. Prof. Jun'ichi Tsujii, University of Tokyo/University of Manchester, "Thoughts on NLP.". Tokio Research Lab.
  • March 12. Prof. Sophia Ananiadou, Director of National Centre for Text Mining, "The recent activities of National Centre for Text Mining". Tokio Research Lab.
  • February 27. Prof. Kazuhide Yamamoto from Nagaoka University of Technology "An attempt for automatic generation of book report". Tokio Research Lab.

Smile Student Open House

The Statistical Machine Learning and its Applications (SMiLe): Student Open House was held on October 8th and 9th, 2009, at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY.

The event was joint organized by the AI, KDD, NLP, and UIT PICs, and hosted 28 Ph.D. students from top academic institutions in the US. Participants presented their research in 15 minute talks.

Details on the event can be found in the main SMiLe page.